Pilot and Innovator Robert Anthony Nolan of Virginia Beach

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An FAA licensed pilot and aviation inventor/designer, Robert Anthony Nolan of Virginia Beach has logged more than 6,300 flight hours in fixed wing aircraft as Pilot in Command. He holds the unofficial world altitude record in a powered parafoil, achieving an altitude of 28,840 feet mean sea level (MSL). He is also a Commercial Pilot, Search and Rescue Pilot in Command, Bush Pilot and Experimental Test Pilot. Robert Anthony Nolan also served for nine years in the United States Navy and among numerous other areas took part in operations in Kuwait, Iraq and Libya. In recognition of his service, he received honors such as the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asian Service Medal w/star, Good Conduct Medal w/star as well as 9 ribbons.

An insulin-dependent diabetic, Mr. Nolan has voluntarily tested several medical devices, one of which is a disposable insulin pump made by the Insulet Corporation, he test scuba dove to a variety of depths for varying periods of time to find out at what pressure the device would fail. After diving to a depth of 146 feet the device imploded in his arm. He also tested a continuous glucose monitor for the Dexcom Corporation, spending an hour and 17 minutes underwater and diving as deep as 165 feet. Mr. Nolan has also dove underwater for 24 consecutive hours in order to raise money for cancer in association with Lynnhaven Dive Center.