Las Vegas, USA | October 1, 2018– Boeing [NYSE: BA] and its subsidiaries Jeppesen and Aviall have joined with Robotic Skies, a leading commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) support services provider, to develop and deliver industry-leading supply chain management and optimization, analytics, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the commercial and civil UAS markets.

“Teaming with Boeing will allow both companies to elevate the commercial UAS customer experience and deliver operations solutions that would be difficult to achieve individually,” said Brad Hayden, Robotic Skies CEO. “This agreement represents a foundational step for the advancement of commercial UAS operations that will meet the requirements of today and help shape the future of unmanned flight.”

Boeing and Robotic Skies will jointly pursue opportunities to best leverage their extensive combined experience and solutions in manned aviation programs and extend them into the UAS market, including providing services for commercially-focused regulatory compliance, ground support, training, MRO, parts distribution, field upgrades and vehicle retrofit capabilities.

“We continue our dedication to working with the top providers in the industry to increase our presence in the commercial UAS field, with the ultimate goal of helping customers operate more efficiently,” said William Ampofo, vice president, Business & General Aviation, Boeing Global Services. “Our relationship with Robotic Skies will bring together the best elements of both companies, as we shape our capabilities specifically to meet the unique operational requirements and challenges of commercial UAS flight.”

As their relationship continues to expand, the companies will provide unified operations services for both existing commercial UAS operators and for companies seeking to enter the UAS field for the first time.

Operating as one of Boeing’s three business units, Global Services is headquartered in the Dallas area. For more information, visit

Robotic Skies offers comprehensive turnkey field service programs designed to keep UAS flying safely, efficiently and affordably.  Founded in 2014, Robotic Skies is a brokered network of over 150 certified repair stations across more than 30 countries, providing MRO and additional support services for commercial UAS.  Each service center in the network possesses the aviation expertise and factory training to ensure the mission readiness of these aircraft. For more information about Robotic Skies, visit

Dallas, TX | March 25, 2016– Eric Strafel has been named president and CEO of Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Previously Strafel served as vice president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Autonomous Systems for Boeing Military Aircraft.

“Eric brings 20 years of leadership experience back to Aviall,” said Lynne Hopper, vice president Material Services within Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Commercial Aviation Services. “He understands its core values, embraces the Aviall culture and shares Aviall’s long tradition and passion for customer service. Eric is a proven leader, and his experience in international operations and general, business, defense and commercial aviation align very well with Aviall’s strategic focus.”

“I am honored to have been selected as Aviall’s president and CEO. It is a privilege once again to be part of an organization that delivers the industry’s highest quality products, services and innovative solutions to more than 26,000 customers and invests in developing the most talented team members in aviation,” said Strafel. “We are an organization led by an 84-year-old purpose of ‘proudly keeping the world in flight.’ I will do my best to serve our original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners and customers by strengthening our team members’ ability to fulfill that purpose.”

Previous to his role at Autonomous Systems, Strafel was the senior vice president for Operations & Business Development at Aviall. In that role, he had executive leadership responsibility for Aviall’s commercial and defense operations, including demand planning, procurement, warehouse operations, global quality and the Lean Six Sigma program.

Before his roles of increasing responsibility at Aviall, Strafel was the Vice President of Supply Chain Management for L3 Communications and held leadership positions with Honeywell International, Precision Conversions, and United Technologies. His international assignments included responsibilities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Strafel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University. He also is a member of the USA Leadership Corps, a national volunteer-based strategy consulting group that caters to the needs of emerging small businesses and nonprofits.