Rita Castonguay Hunt is an Aviation Planner for the NH Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Bureau and specializes in both manned and unmanned aviation operations, standardization, procedures, and safety.
Rita is responsible for aviation related project planning, airport development, and improving the overall safety of aviation in the state. Rita is an FAA-certified airport safety inspector and inspects 23 public-use airports annually; responds to aviation related accidents as a subject matter expert on behalf of the State Police; and acts as state liaison to both the FAA and NTSB.
Rita is the NHDOT’s subject matter expert on UAS and UAS regulations. She is an instructor for FEMA teaching the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management (AWR-345) course. She was selected to join the USDOT Remote Sensing Adoption Working Group; is currently leading a research project with the University of Vermont Spatial Orientation Lab to determine ways to integrate UAS use into upcoming NHDOT projects; and is assisting other state agencies in creating their own UAS programs.
Rita graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Aviation Flight Operations and a Master's in Business Administration. She is a certificated commercial pilot and flight instructor (fixed-wing, single and multi-engine, instrument rated), as well as, certificated remote pilot.