Unmanned System Solutions, Technology Integration & Industry Leading Services

FLYMOTION was formulated in 2014, and headquartered in Tampa, Florida. We’ve quickly become one of the most recognized, full-scale UAS solution companies because of the care we take in overseeing our clients requirements from an abstract idea, to a concrete solution. Our executive, engineering and creative teams engulf themselves in the artistry of drone technology, and never stop thinking about how to improve the current industry, or introduce innovative concepts into it, such as FlyMotion TRIDENT and FlyMotion MAVERICK. Our promise is to deliver premier turnkey Unmanned Aerial Systems and integrated solutions while ensuring the highest level of client satisfaction and support. We are FLYMOTION. We are the solution.

FLYMOTION is a Veteran-Owned Small Business.

Leadership Team

Ryan English

CEO and Co-founder

Ryan is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for the strategic growth, company direction and implementing the business strategy visions of FLYMOTION. Ryan leverages his extensive network to strengthen client and strategic partner relationships. He works with a dedicated team to develop solutions that set the future trends for numerous vertical markets within the unmanned systems industry.

In addition to his military service and civilian special operations background, Ryan brings over a decade of successful entrepreneurship to the FLYMOTION team. His forward thinking has, and continues to deliver groundbreaking advancements and innovation in the unmanned system industry.

Ryan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and it was there that he developed the passion and drive for entrepreneurship. He enjoys international travel, motorcycles and sports cars.

David Stratchko

Vice President, Operations and Co-founder

David is the Co-founder and Vice President of Operations. He plays a key role in establishing long-term strategy and setting the company’s culture and values. His visions and forward thinking have assisted in molding the FLYMOTION brand.

David aided in conceptualizing FLYMOTION in 2014. During his time with the company he has been a key contributor in the development of award-winning products such as FlyMotion TRIDENT and FlyMotion MAVERICK.

Prior to his time at FLYMOTION, David served over a decade in public safety as a firefighter/paramedic in the State of Florida. He was also attached to the specialized Marine Division.

David is a Florida native who enjoys golf, motorcycles and sporting events.

Maurice Cooley

Vice President, Technology 

Maurice is the Vice President of Technology. He is responsible for all technological advancements at FLYMOTION, including product hardware, software, design and integration. He is also a key contributor in new ideas and future initiatives.

Maurice joined FLYMOTION in 2015, and has been vital in the delivery of the award-winning FlyMotion TRIDENT, and the design of FlyMotion MAVERICK. Prior to FLYMOTION, he dedicated over a decade of his professional career in the electromechanical field where he specialized in automation controls in the entertainment industry. He has also served several years as a law enforcement officer in the State of Florida.

Dan Murray

Director, Strategic Operations

Dan is the Director of Strategic Operations. He has more than 30 years of Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) experience, to include 20 years as an Army Intelligence Officer, with extensive combat experience, and eight years as a Senior Program Manager for Air Force manned and unmanned intelligence systems, to include the Predator/REAPER, Global Hawk, U-2, and JSTARS. He also served five years as the C2ISR Program Development Lead for a private university’s engineering research center. In this capacity, he led a year-long engineering evaluation of critical First Responder radio communications devices in support of the Department of Homeland Security, Directorate of Science and Technology (DHS S&T).

Dan graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Economics and received an MBA from Saint Martin’s University. He also completed graduate courses in Systems Analysis and Database Management at the University of South Carolina.

Dan has had a lifelong passion for fitness and is a member of US Masters Swimming and the president of the Masters Swim Team in Warner Robins, GA. He is also a trained linguist in German and Spanish.

Rich Gatanis

UAS Operations Manager

Rich is the head of all flight operations conducted by FLYMOTION across the country. He coordinates with all pilots and clients to ensure a successful operation. Rich also utilizes his background in emergency services to develop strong relationships with our partners in public safety.

Rich has spent over 15 years in public safety and created the UAS operations team for his agency. This experience has allowed Rich to effectively manage flight operations and business relationships for FLYMOTION. He also assists with the development of innovative FLYMOTION products and solutions.

Rich has lived in Florida for most of his life. He likes to spend time outdoors with his family and friends as well as traveling, and playing golf any chance he gets.

Steve Day

Director, Flight Operations

Steve is the Director of Flight Operations.  He has nearly 20,000 hours of pilot experience and is currently a licensed commercial pilot. He has flown the 737, 757. 767, 777, 787 and has flown to every continent on the planet except Antarctica. His father began teaching him at the age of 4 and he earned his commercial and instrument ratings at age 18, becoming a flight instructor at age 20. In addition to his manned aircraft piloting, he is also an avid R/C pilot. He has competed in IMAC Giant Scale Precision Aerobatics, winning the Southeast Regional Competition in his class. He has switched to commercial UAS work as a FAA Part 107 pilot.

Stephen is a native Floridian, married and father of two daughters attending rival colleges, UF/FSU. He enjoys anything that flies, travel, golf, boating, scuba diving, motorsports, and home brewing.

Mario Simoes

Chief Engineer

Mario is the Chief Engineer. Mario’s expertise and key contributions continue to aid in the success of FLYMOTION. His team of engineers consist of several skilled individuals from varied engineering backgrounds. His skills include leading large R&D projects as well as leading multidisciplinary teams to accomplish complex challenges.

Since 2015, Mario has led FLYMOTION’s team of engineers which continues to deliver the future, today. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Mario holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Mario also has a background in developing innovative concepts, and a strong background in automation controls.

Board of Advisors

We surround ourselves with experts from many diverse industries but having a board of advisors from different industries has been crucial to our success as they assist in advising the FLYMOTION team about the intricacies of their respective industries.


We pride ourselves on having a core team that guides and shapes the company. Each one is heavily vested in FLYMOTION and is proud of its success, and we work tirelessly to progress each and every day.


Drone technology is one of the fastest growing tech industries in the world. FLYMOTION is rapidly expanding to stay on track with this growth and take on more projects, ensure the consistent support to our existing clients, and bring the same satisfaction to new clients. If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing FLYMOTION team please contact us.

Seeking team members in:

  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Business Development
  • Program Management
  • Drone and Manned aircraft piloting
  • Interns
  • etc


We never would have made it this far so quickly without some of the amazing partners we have been able to collaborate with. We are always looking to work with new and exciting partners, if you have ideas for collaboration please reach out to us!

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding anything drone related, whether its about drones themselves, technology integration, command & control systems, industries we serve, or just have some simple questions please feel free to contact us anytime!



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