I was born on July 13, 1974, in San Diego, California. My family has deep military roots, and when I was just 5 years old, my dad got stationed at the Charleston Naval Yard in South Carolina. That's where my journey into the military life began.

After high school, I followed in my family's footsteps and joined the Navy. I was stationed at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with VP-66 Liberty Bells. During that time, I had the incredible opportunity to work on and fly aboard P-3C aircraft.

Once my active duty service was completed, I transitioned into a reservist role with the same squadron. Simultaneously, I pursued higher education at Penn State, majoring in finance. After three and a half years of hard work, I decided to move back to my hometown, where I ultimately earned my degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Charleston AFB.

For the last 13 years, I've been dedicated to a career as a Mission Commander and Sensor Operator on King 350s, actively contributing to vital missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq. My primary role involved conducting manned Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations in support of Special Operations units.

Throughout my career, I've gained extensive experience, overseeing more than 1200 combat ISR missions in some of the world's most challenging and hostile territories. These missions were instrumental in providing invaluable support to elite units like Dev Gru (Naval Special Warfare Development Group), CAG (Combat Applications Group, commonly known as Delta Force), Task Force Rangers, and JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command).

My dedication, bravery, and professionalism in these high-pressure situations have made me a trusted asset in the most demanding military environments.

In addition to my extensive experience as a Mission Commander and Sensor Operator, I've also logged over 5500 hours in an MC-12W, further highlighting my expertise in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

In 2022, I decided to transition from overseas Department of Defense (DOD) contract work and redirect my career toward operating small drones within the United States. My expertise spans various areas, from roof inspections to 2D Orthosmosaic mapping, 3D mapping, and commercial and real estate photography.

I'm not just skilled in the field of aviation; I'm also well-versed in the latest technology. I have extensive experience with advanced drones, including the Mavic 3 Pro, Mini 3 Pro, DJI Avata, and the Mavic 3 Enterprise, which adds versatility to my toolkit. Additionally, I utilize the DJI2-RTK base station to enhance the accuracy of my drone operations, ensuring precise data collection and mapping capabilities.

Moreover, my proficiency extends to ground-based photography work, where I rely on the Sony A7II, a full-frame mirrorless camera, to capture exceptional images. My dedication to achieving the highest standards of image quality demonstrates my commitment to excellence in both aerial and ground photography.

My journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a dedication to serving my country, which shines through in my multi-faceted career. Whether in military service, aviation, or photography, my passion and unwavering commitment to my craft are truly commendable.

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Drones
  • DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise
  • DJI Mavic Pro 3
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
Sensors
  • 4K Video
  • DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
Hardware
This pilot has not informed any hardware yet.
Software
  • 2020 Adobe Premiere Pro
  • ArcGIS
  • DJI Go
  • DroneDeploy
  • Litchi
  • Pix4D
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Solid work as usual.

Oct. 23, 2023
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Roddy M.
5.0 (4)   5 jobs posted

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Great communication, very professional, good quality photos/video and fast service.

Oct. 8, 2023
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Does solid work.

Sept. 22, 2023
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Solid work. Ontime and very efficient. Will use again.

Sept. 15, 2023
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GoldSoil R.
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Sept. 14, 2023
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Fantastic. Excellent & Quality work as always. Gets work done on time and in a very professional manner.

Sept. 14, 2023
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Great work. Prompt, excellent and professional service.

Sept. 4, 2023
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GoldSoil R.
5.0 (48)   109 jobs posted

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This guy nailed it, Satisfied with his work! Looking forward to working with him again.

Aug. 15, 2023
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Great work as always. Very comprehensive.

Aug. 11, 2023
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Apke L.
4.9 (49)   102 jobs posted

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Aug. 7, 2023
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Apke L.
4.9 (49)   102 jobs posted

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Pilot did a fantastic job for us! He supplied quality footage in the timeframe we needed it. Followed the specs carefully to turn out a great package of imagery.

July 21, 2023
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Roland L.
5.0 (16)   34 jobs posted

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Beyond awesome!! On time, professional, great photos and videos. He also provided feedback which is very helpful. Highly recommended!!

July 14, 2023
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Tim E.
4.8 (18)   32 jobs posted

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Fantastic. Very professional. Excellent work. Will be using again for more deals in the area.

June 23, 2023
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Rigo V.
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May 25, 2023
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RoofView S.
5.0 (124)   258 jobs posted

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May 24, 2023
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Chris M.
5.0 (6)   10 jobs posted

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Did job perfectly. Thank you!

May 15, 2023
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Jack B.
5.0 (135)   245 jobs posted

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Good photos as instructed, good job!

May 8, 2023
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Don K.
5.0 (1)   1 job posted

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Sam has been very responsive to my requests and did this job in a timely manner. Great quality pics

April 15, 2023
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Joe R.
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April 4, 2023
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Graham C.
5.0 (6)   9 jobs posted

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Awesome!

March 13, 2023
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Mega Land B.
5.0 (2)   4 jobs posted

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Definitely plan on using again. I would highly recommend Cleared Overhead, LLC for your drone needs.

Feb. 23, 2023
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Apke L.
4.9 (49)   102 jobs posted

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Pilot did a fantastic job for us! He supplied quality footage in the timeframe we needed it. We'll definitely hire him again if we have another property in this area and we recommend him!

Jan. 28, 2023
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S. R.
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Jan. 25, 2023
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Apke L.
4.9 (49)   102 jobs posted

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Pilot did a fantastic job for us! He supplied quality footage in the timeframe we needed it. We'll definitely hire him again if we have another property in this area and we recommend him!

Jan. 24, 2023
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Apke L.
4.9 (49)   102 jobs posted

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Pilot delivered excellent photos. Completed the shot list in a very timely manner.

Dec. 13, 2022
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larry j.
5.0 (9)   27 jobs posted

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Fast and what I asked for.

Dec. 1, 2022
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