GA-ASI Honored by AIAA

GA-ASI Honored by AIAA

Executives Receive Awards for Outstanding Aerospace Engineering and Management

SAN DIEGO – 13 June 2013 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that two key employees recently have been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with local awards for outstanding aerospace engineering and outstanding aerospace management. The San Diego Section is dedicated to promoting awareness, activism, and access throughout the aerospace community.

 In the category of Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Engineering, GA-ASI’s Reconnaissance Systems Group (RSG) Vice President, Claudio Pereida, was recognized for his supervision of a wide variety of RSG programs focusing on sensor systems, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) software, laser systems, and establishment of Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities for RPAs. The award is presented to candidates who have made significant technical contributions to the technical direction of engineering projects, developing new products, obtaining patents, pioneering new technologies, and conducting fundamental research.

Mr. Pereida’s management portfolio features a wide swath of technologies, including the highly successful Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, a state-of-the-art, lightweight, high-performance, high-reliability, airborne sensor. He also leads the development of the Due Regard Radar, which is envisioned to be fielded in 2015 to facilitate safe RPA flight in national and international airspace. Additionally, Mr. Pereida guides the development of RSG’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, which maximize sensor capabilities and enhance the efficiency of image analysis. Finally, he plays a key role in engineering activities related to the development of next-generation lasers and advanced capabilities, such as RPA self-protection and electronic attack.

In the category of Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Management, GA-ASI’s Aircraft Systems Group (ASG) Director of Advanced Development Programs, James Machin, was recognized for his achievements which have proved instrumental in advancing the company’s line of Predator®- and Gray Eagle®-series aircraft. The award is presented to candidates who have made significant accomplishments in the leadership and management of aerospace companies, organizations, or projects.

For over 20 years, Mr. Machin has led GA-ASI’s efforts surrounding RPA airframe development, production, and flight test. Additionally, he manages all aspects of the company’s research and development manufacturing facility, where he is directly responsible for overseeing the production of its highly advanced, next-generation RPA platforms, including Predator C Avenger®. He is also directly responsible for the structural design, construction, and initial flight testing of GA-ASI’s entire RPA fleet, including Predator, Predator B, and Gray Eagle®.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft, radar, and electro-optic solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft systems, including Predator A, Predator B, Gray Eagle, the new Predator C Avenger, and Predator XP. It also manufactures a variety of solid-state digital Ground Control Stations (GCS), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations. The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx Multi-mode Radar and sophisticated Claw® sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and remotely piloted aircraft. It also develops and integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, electro-optic sensors, and ultra-wideband data links for government applications. For more information, please visit

Predator, Lynx, Avenger, Gray Eagle, and Claw are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


For more information contact:

Kimberly Kasitz
Public Relations Manager
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.