About Halkin Aerial Services


Halkin was originally founded in 1982 to perform non-destructive testing services for a variety of industries, facilities, equipment and critical infrastructure. At the turn of the millennium, Halkin International sold most of its divisions to large, multinational inspection and non-destructive testing entities. Through technological advances in the unmanned aerial systems industry, Halkin Aerial Services has reemerged into an inspection, surveying and photogrammetry company utilizing new drone technology while continuing to harness its past as an industry leader in non-destructive testing and inspection. This provided a platform to conduct Infrared, visual, corrosion, and 3 dimensional aerial surveying / inspection, analysis and reporting services in a much more economical, safe, and comprehensive manner.

Halkin’s Primary Areas of Focus are:

  • Facility / building inspection, analysis and reporting
  • Critical infrastructure inspection analysis and reporting
  • Agricultural inspection, analysis, and reporting

Our unique leadership team and have over 70 years of experience in the following disciplines:

  • Personal and Commercial Aircraft Operations
  • Energy Efficiency and Building Performance Protocols
  • Energy and Environmental Law
  • Non-destructive Testing and Inspection
  • Infrared Testing and Inspection
  • Ranch and Land Management
  • Construction Management and Planning

The diversity of our experience and knowledge provides for a comprehensive, guaranteed, top-tier finished product regardless of scope of work or industry sector.

Halkin Certifications and Licenses

  • NACE/CIP Coatings and Corrosion Inspection
  • Level II NDT ANSI/ASNT CP-105/189 Thermography (Infrared)
  • Level II NDT/ASNT Visual Inspection
  • FAA Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Certification (Pilots)

Halkin Leadership

Grant Hall – Managing Director

Grant Hall is Managing Director of Halkin Aerial Services with focus on coordination of division heads, business development, and strategic planning.

In his current role, Grant negotiates 3rd party technology transfer, sets direction for internal technology improvement / expansion, participates in business development activities and market segment expansion, and oversees day-to-day business operations. His areas of expertise are facilities / building Analysis, critical and utility infrastructure inspection, energy savings project assessment / development, and project finance engineering.

Grant has worked in the energy project development sector for 20 years, where he has participated and led private and public capital raises for over $80 million in projects. While living in Washington DC, he was partner in a clean energy project development firm that spearheaded and developed a self-performing energy savings performance contract for the Washington DC Housing Authority with over $26 million in retrofit projects.

Grant was initially introduced to the Non-Destructive Testing and inspection industry when his family founded Halkin International in the early 80’s. As Director of Business Development, he developed and worked on complex inspection projects around the world, primarily on resource mining and petroleum refining operations.
Grant attended the George Washington University with a focus on finance and international business. He also attended the Unversidad de Nebrisensis in Madrid, Spain.

In his spare time, he loves to be with his family, including 2 daughters and a son.

Brett Buchheit – Corporate Counsel

Attorney Brett Buchheit received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1997. Due to his scholastic achievements, Mr. Buchheit was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Mr. Buchheit joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 1998. While stationed in Morocco, Mr. Buchheit oversaw a large-scale reforestation and sustainable agriculture project. After he returned to the United States, Mr. Buchheit embarked on a solo cycling trip from Connecticut to California.

In 2003, Mr. Buchheit began attending law school in Virginia. While pursuing his law degree, Mr. Buchheit served as an editor of the Natural Resources Law Journal. He also received several scholastic and community service awards.

Mr. Buchheit was accepted into Tulane University’s prestigious Energy & Environmental Law LLM program in 2007. While at Tulane, Mr. Buchheit wrote numerous law review articles which were published both nationally and internationally.

In 2008, Mr. Buchheit became licensed to practice law in Colorado. Mr. Buchheit opened his own law firm in 2010. Mr. Buchheit’s practice areas involve complex civil litigation, businesses formation, and counseling technology-based companies.

In his free time, Mr. Buchheit enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, fly-fishing, volunteering, and cycling.

Ryan Hall – Director of UAS Operations

Ryan Hall is Director of UAS Operations, managing all field and reporting protocols. He oversees all permitting, licensing and certifying procedures. Executing tactile methods to develop and build next generation UAS fleets and data collection vehicles for inspection and thermographic imaging. His certifications include: Thermographic Imaging, Coatings and Corrosion Inspection and Visual NDT. Ryan is a licensed FAA Part 107 pilot and has extensive flight experience.

He attended The School of Business Administration at Marquette University and has been working in Industrial NDT industry for 25 years. His inspection and certification services partnered with his Level II thermography certification rendered to multiple Oil and Gas refining corporations and Transcontinental pipeline corporations provides a solid foundation for his ability to provide extremely detailed integrity and analysis of multiple industrial asset classes. His detailed knowledge of IR imagery give him the ability to accurately analyze the entire exterior of buildings and other structures for perforated seal leakage and moisture retention.

Gerry Kuhel – Business Development

Gerry is a Seasoned, experienced energy executive. He is an accomplished leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills. A proven performer with a demonstrated track record in sales, marketing, business development and product line management.

His expertise & background span across a diverse portfolio of energy disciplines.

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Demand Side Management Energy Utilization
  • Demand Response
  • Peak Load Management
  • Load Control Technologies
  • Power Management & Control
  • Power Quality & Reliability
  • Supply Management
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Utility Services & Energy Strategy Formulation
  • Consulting and Training
  • Energy Information & Energy Accounting & Investments
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