An Lochan Uaine, Cairngorm mountains

I’m a CAA approved drone pilot & aerial filmmaker based in Aviemore & Edinburgh, Scotland, & operating worldwide. Household-name clients have included National Geographic, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin Lagonda, Google, British Airways, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix, Discovery Channel, History Channel, VisitBritain, VisitScotland, Expedia, BAE Systems, Mazda, Honda, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Nikon, Schweppes & Diageo.

I have used drones to film feature films, television programmes, adverts, social media videos, golf course flyovers, health & safety videos, presentations, company reports, crop circles, aerial inspections of houses, supermarkets, distribution warehouses, oil rigs, gas-holders, wind turbines and distilleries, and I’m no stranger to producing risk assessments and method statements which pass muster with extremely demanding clients. I’ve always looked at drones as “400 feet high tripods”, and though it sometimes takes a while to get weather and permissions lined up, I haven’t yet come across a situation in which I haven’t ultimately been able to fly.

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Richard Elliott MRICS

I’ve had a passion for photography since childhood, and after studying at Aberdeen University, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, and careers in surveying, professional stock photography for Getty Images and property development in London, I qualified as a commercial drone pilot in 2014 and set up Richard Elliott Aerial Filming.

Specialising in remote areas, my stock photographs for Getty have sold to many prestigious clients over the last 28 years. My final property development in London was the construction of “The Grey House” in Highgate Cemetery, which won major architectural awards for the design team. During my ownership of the house I established it as a filming and event location; this continues, with large parts of the 2019 series of ‘Luther’ filmed in the house (

Paul Mellon

Paul has worked for 29 years as a cameraman on location, studio and outside broadcast assignments at home and abroad. He is experienced in many styles of programming, including documentary, sports, music, light entertainment, drama, commercials, news and current affairs and corporate and industrial filming.

He has worked at the Rio and London Olympic Games, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Open Golf, 6 Nations Rugby, Diamond League Athletics and Davis Cup International Tennis.

In the commercial and corporate sectors, Paul has carried out numerous aerial filming assignments using conventional helicopter camera methods, so has built a good understanding of what works well in aerial camerawork.

Clients include

Netflix logo
Tag logo
Channel 4 logo
LNER logo
Google logo
British Airways logo
BBC logo
Rolls Royce logo
National Geographic logo
Honda logo
Discovery logo
Expedia logo
Diageo logo
ITV logo
Channel 5 logo
Mazda logo
BAE logo
History Channel logo
CAA logo
ARPAS logo
FAA logo
1st Option logo
OPITO logo

CAA approved for aerial work, PFCO company number 532, FAA number 4242184

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