Stephen Baxley


Stephen is the founder and operator of Airworx Unmanned Solutions. Since 2017, his vision is and remains to be the leading expert in developing unmanned and robotics programs within public safety, in an effort to reduce risk and enhance life-saving responses. 

Stephen began his public safety service as an explorer cadet with an upstate agency in 1994 at the age of 14. He quickly grew his interest into a passion for full time volunteering service in public safety. Stephen was certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 2001 and has over twenty years as a law enforcement officer, and twenty-seven years total in public safety. 

In his professional career, Stephen has served in the communication technology field and assisted during numerous hurricane responses, under the emergency response team (ERT) with Nextel Communications (Sprint Nextel)  providing critical communication support at the disaster sites. 

Stephen has assisted dozens of public safety agencies, in multiple states developing UAS/drone programs. Stephen, a reserve deputy sheriff, developed the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office UAS program in 2019, where he continues to serve as the Chief Pilot and program coordinator. With support from Airworx, Stephen trained fifteen pilots - from multiple disciplines within the agency - who are now Part 107 certificated. Stephen was also selected by the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAAST) to represent the Columbia, South Carolina Flight Safety District Office as a public safety drone pro in 2019. 

“After committing the majority of my life to public safety in law enforcement, I have observed and analyzed hundreds of task and scenarios that can be accomplished with less risk to the public safety professional, and greater success to the victims or citizens by using robotic technology”

Stephen’s passion in the industry continues to develop relationships with the best vendors in the Unmanned industry to provide the most valuable solutions to the public safety and private industry though the enterprise sector. 

Effective January 1, 2021, Stephen will begin serving on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Interagency Drone Users Consortium (SCiDUC).

Contact Stephen by phone at 864.303.2002 or