Parker Gyokeres owns Propellerheads Aerial Photography and produces professional aerial videos. We talk about that business in general, and in particular about the video of a recent wedding that is getting attention from the press and the FAA.
This story offers UAS regulatory issues, safety of flight issues, and even some good old fashioned politics. These are the facts:
- Sean Maloney, a Democratic member of Congress from upstate New York was married June 21, 2014.
- A video of the wedding was produced by Propellerheads Aerial Photography.
- The FAA is investigating and says shooting the video from a hexacopter was illegal.
- It turns out Mr. Malony is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the FAA.
- Mr. Maloney’s Republican challenger Nan Hayworth says, “It is a blatant conflict of interest to be sitting on a committee while being investigated by an agency it oversees.”
Parker explains the steps he took before the event to obtain clearance and permission from the property owner and event security. Parker is an experienced sUAS pilot and the mission was flown safely. He feels that “you can’t break a law that doesn’t exist,” but also that UAS pilots have a responsibility to get proper training and fly safely. Parker also has some very insightful comments on drone journalism.
In addition to being the owner of Propellerheads Aerial Photography, Parker Gyokeres is an award winning active duty U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and the current Chief of Public Affairs for the 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
He is a freelance author, a UAV builder/pilot and photographer represented by Legion Photo, and serves as the Secretary of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists.
Parker joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as an F-16 and F-15 weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006. He has 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience, that include three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq.
As a remote control pilot and builder, Parker has extensive experience with the design, construction, and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He also advocates and educates about the safe, responsible use of small UAVs for aerial photography at speaking and training events nationwide.
In addition to being the owner, pilot and pointy-head-in-charge at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres was an award winning U.S. Air Force Photojournalist who recently retired from 22 years of distinguished service to dedicate his life to changing the way we see our world.
Gyokeres joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as an F-16 and F-15 weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006. He has 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience, to include three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq.
He has captured nearly a million images in the course of his award winning career and merges his passion for photography with his technical expertise as the founder of Propellerheads.
As a remote control pilot and builder, he has been active in the hobby for ten years and has extensive experience with the design, construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Please contact Propellerheads for your next hand-built aerial photography vehicle.
He also advocates and educates about the safe, responsible use of small UAVs for aerial photography at speaking and training events nationwide. His goal is to build acceptance and the safe use of this exiting new capability in the hands of professional photographers and filmmakers. He firmly believes this technology is no different from the use of helicopters and manned aircraft for aerial photography, and that this technology is safer, less expensive and provides better results.
United States Air Force, Retired
Board member, Professional Society of Drone Journalists.
U.S. Air Force photojournalism award winner (2013)
Six-time USAF Air Combat Command award winner.
15-time USAF Air Mobility Command award winner.
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS FEATURED IN:
- The Great Books Foundation (in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Foundation) “Standing Down, from Warrior to Civilian”
- National Endowment for the Arts anthology “Operation Homecoming, Writing the Wartime Experience,”
- The New Yorker’s Annual Fiction Edition, 2010
- 60 Minutes (Australia)
- Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine
- Fox News
- The Washington Post
- The Military Times
- Gawker Media
- Stars and Stripes
- Secrets of Speed Magazine
- EMS World
- Armed Forces Network
- Citizen Airman Magazine
- USA Weekend Magazine (USA Today)
- Air Force Magazine
- Airman Magazine, Showcase, Year In Photos 2013
- Soldier Of Fortune Magazine
- Hemmings Motor News
- CheckPoints (Cover) (U.S. Air Force Academy Alumni Magazine)
- Military Officer Magazine (Cover)
- U.S. Air Force Calendar, 2010
- U.S. Air Force Year in Photos, 2012, 2013
- U.S. Marine Corps Year in Photos, 2012