Saint Lucian native, Barry Alexander, has a number of achievements to his name including – pilot, certified aircraft mechanic, flight instructor, and now, founder and CEO of the Hartford, Connecticut, USA-based drone manufacturing company – Aquiline Drones.
Alexander said in an interview with Connecticut in Color that he hopes to eventually make Hartford the drone capital of the United States and eventually, the world.
He said he wants the devices to benefit society in a responsible and safe manner.
The Saint Lucian native, who spent decades as an airline pilot during which he travelled the world, told Connecticut in Color that as a black man and an immigrant, his path to the summit of his own company was not easy.
But now his company trains others to become commercial drone pilots.
Alexander explained that anyone with no prior experience can become a drone pilot, as his company supports them throughout the process, supplies the drones they use and also provides work at the end of their tenure.
On the company’s official website, he observed that around the world, authorities are turning to drones in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, using them to remove humans from the risk of infection
“Aquiline Drones drones are ideal for more effective medical response, providing unprecedented remedies in public health applications,” according to the website, which also promotes drones for providing perimeter security and helping police more effectively collect evidence and do reconnaissance.
“Drones are here to stay,” Alexander asserts.
The Aquiline Drones founder and CEO recalls that he had an early interest in aviation as a child and left Saint Lucia for the United States to pursue a career in aviation.
He said he had family in Hartford which allowed him to go to the US to pursue his dreams