Advisory Board

Maria Stefanopoulos

Advisory Board Member
Maria Stefanopoulos is an Emmy Award Winning Production Manager for ABC News, Good Morning America. She feels very passionately about using drones to enhance storytelling for journalists and believes they’re a great tool which allows viewers to experience the scope and scale of an event like never before. She loves when drones are used as steadicams, jibs and helicopters and believes they provide the most compelling vantage that captivates viewers.

Maria was responsible for the production of GMA’s LIVE drone coverage over the erupting Bardarbunga Volcano in central Iceland, where viewers were able to see the volcano from just 380’ above. She also managed the production of and live produced GMA’s “Hidden Worlds, Son Doong” show, from uncharted terrain in a place where there’s no map of a route, inside the world’s largest cave system hidden deep in the jungle of Central Vietnam, 8,000 miles away from ABC’s studio. This show won the News and Documentary category at the 2016 NYC Drone Film Festival. Two of her most recent LIVE productions included using the very latest in drone technology to watch a daring team of elite ice climbers venture down into a vertical ice drop located in the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Southeast Iceland, where researchers and scientists study formations to understand how ice melts and sweeps into the ocean. This past February, she managed another epic GMA expedition, this time LIVE on safari from Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, where 2 drones and 3 other cameras were launched on a mission to find animals near extinction. During this amazing journey, the drones came face to face with lions, elephants, rhinos and hippos, all in their natural habitat. The best part is that before drone technology, showing the world these marvels in such a way wouldn’t have been possible. Maria has experienced a feat that’s unprecedented in live television history.

Loretta Alkalay

Advisory Board Member
Loretta E. Alkalay is an aviation attorney and regulatory consultant to airmen and aviation entities specializing in issues related to compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations and international air safety standards. She is an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology where she teaches Drone Laws and Aviation Safety, among other courses. Previously, she was an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration for over 30 years, more than 20 of those years as Regional Counsel in
New York. As head of the FAA’s New York legal office, she was responsible for advice and counsel on all FAA legal matters arising in seven states and enforcement of the Federal Aviation Regulations in those states, the District of Columbia, Europe, the Mid-East, Africa and parts of Asia. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the NYU School of Law.