Advanced Aerial Operations was founded by Mario Werth in 2015 after realizing that helicopters were not being as utilized in the aerial photo and video industry as they had been. After looking into drones, also known as UAS, he realized the massive potential. "Today we are reading books from our previous generation exploring the limits and possibilities of helicopters during the Vietnam conflict. I believe our generation will write books about the possibilities and limitation of UAS.”
“Opening a UAS company during the start of the integration of UAS into the NAS National Airspace System is not a easy task there are a lot of regulations that are still being worked out” Due to Mario's background as a pilot and knowledge of the airspace and regulations, he was able to work closely with the FAA in order to obtain a section 333 and COA to make his business a full fledged UAS Operation. Advanced Aerial Operations also consults with other UAS companies to make them safe and efficient operators. Due to that consulting, Advanced Aerial Operations built a network of companies to make any UAS mission possible and widen the horizon of possibilities.
Mario Werth | Owner/Pilot
Born and raised in Baden-Baden, Germany. At the age of 15, Mario went to boarding school in the UK where he completed his Bachelor Degree in Chemistry. Realizing he did not want to be stuck in a lab, he came to the USA to pursue Aviation. After finishing helicopter flight training in Hillsboro, OR, he moved around the USA with his wife Rebecca and finally settled down in the Florida panhandle.
Mario holds an FAA Commercial helicopter rating and flight instructor certificate with privileges of private pilot airplane. He has thousands of hours under his belt and has also been published in different magazines around the world.
Michael Brown | Pilot
Michael was born in South Florida and raised in Middle Tennessee, deciding to pursue aviation right after High School from his father’s stories of flying when he was an ATP certified fixed wing pilot. In 2009 Michael started his training in Hillsboro, OR as well as college courses to graduate with an Aviation Science degree.
Michael earned his Commercial – Instrument and Flight Instructor – Instrument ratings in helicopters as well as an Associates Degree in Aviation Science in 2012 and started working in the aviation world. He has over 1,000 hours in helicopters flying Bell 47’s, R22, R44, Bell 206, SCB 300, and is a 4+ year member of AOPA. Michael currently lives in the Panhandle of Florida.
Jeff Bell | Pilot
Jeff was born and raised in North Carolina. Moved to NW Florida in 1996. Married in 1988 and had a beautiful daughter in 2003. He began his love for flight at the age of 12 when his best friend’s dad, and neighbor a WWII Fighter Pilot, introduced him to RC planes and fixed wing. His love for flying soared as he grew older. He met Bob Romano in high school who became his flight instructor and assisted him in getting his license in 1989. Jeff was able to fly a variety of aircraft and log thousands of hours. In 1996 he bought and built a Flightstar Ultralight. In 2000 he received his BFI (Basic Flight Instructor) from Aero Sports Connection along with buying a Flying Inflatable Boat. In 2008 he received his CFI in Weight Shift Control Sea and Land. Fast forward a few years and now owns a Cygnet Amphibious Weight Shift control plane. Presently he is the Chief Flight Instructor for Cygnet Amphibious Aircraft.
Dji Phantom 3 Professional
The Phantom 3 Professional continues the proud tradition of DJI's Phantom series and brings several important innovations to the Phantom's rich feature set. The Phantom 3 Professional carries a fully stabilized 3-axis 4k UHD video camera for smooth, crisp videos and still photos. To allow you to see what the drone sees, DJI has engineered a new generation of their Lightbridge technology that allows 720p HD digital streaming of live video directly from the drone. You can control the camera and see video in real time as you fly and you can even share the video using the DJI Pilot app's advanced features. To aid indoor flying, the Phantom 3 Professional includes an integrated array of optical and ultrasonic sensors call Vision Positioning that allows you to fly precisely indoors without a GPS signal. The Phantom 3 Professional includes all the tried-and-true features you'd expect from a DJI drone, including GPS navigation with auto takeoffs and auto landings, intelligent high power flight battery, a built-in safety database of no fly zones, and a powerful mobile app for your iOS or Android device.
Dji Inspire 1
Capture 4K video and take 12-megapixel still photos from the air with the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with Integrated Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal. Forgoing the fixed landing gear design found on many earlier quadcopters, the Inspire 1 features a retractable arm system whereby the underside of each prop motor has a foot to act as a landing pod when the arms are lowered. In-flight, the arms lift up to provide the camera an unobstructed 360-degree view. A 3-axis gimbal keeps shots steady and the camera pointed the same direction as the quadcopter banks and turns. The camera records internally to microSDHC/SDXC memory cards and can also beam a live 720p feed to a mobile device running the DJI Lightbridge app or a monitor or FPV glasses with an HDMI input. Two transmitters (radio controllers) are so that one operator can pilot and another can pan and tilt the camera.
As with many other multi-rotor systems, the Inspire 1 relies on a GPS-based stabilization system that - thanks to spatial awareness - is able to hold a position even when experiencing wind interference, can compensate for overzealous pilot inputs to help avoid stalling, automatically brings the aircraft home in the event of signal loss or at the press of a button, and makes possible a number of semi-automated flight modes that can be enabled through the app. There is also an "indoor" mode which relies on Optical Flow technology - essentially a special camera - provide stability indoors or in other contexts where GPS is unavailable.