Hi I’m Mike, a UK based, specialist drone pilot working in the film and TV industry! As well as working as a freelancer for a number of high end drone operators in the UK, I’m also the director of my own aerial filming company, Beehive Aerial Productions, based near Bristol.
I’m BNUC-S and BMFA certified pilot with my own CAA PfCO and I have a background flying full size aeroplanes and 3D helicopters. Prior to getting into drones, I was a professional photographer and a total nerd when it comes to cameras and lenses – so flying camera drones was an obvious and natural progression to make!
In 2011, I put together my first camera “drone”. It was based on a 700 sized MA Ion X-Cell 3D helicopter and carried a servo controlled, custom camera mount, on which a Canon 550D sat awkwardly! The helicopter had no stabilisation at all and in reality was very limited in it’s application. But it started me on a journey of discovery and fascination which paved the way for my career as a professional drone pilot.
I was one of the first people to fly the highly regarded Shotover U1 ultra heavy lift cinema drone and have since accrued many hours on this platform, which falls in the 20-150kg weight category. I also fly a wide range of other SUAS, most regularly the Freefly Alta 8, Gryphon Dynamics X8, Vulcan Raven and DJI Inspire 2. Alongside these, I’ve flown many other custom made heavy lift systems as well. I also own and operate my own heavy lift SUAS, a Vulcan Raven X8.
Throughout my career, I’ve accrued lots of valuable experience working on large, busy film sets and I’ve got to know the industry very well. You can check out my IMDB page for a list of recent credits.
If you have a project in mind that you’d like to discuss, please feel free to get in touch!