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Melissa Di Meglio: Operations Manager

10 years of internal production experience and a 9 year commercial sUAS veteran, Melissa has successfully bridged her talents to become the key component to Vortex Aerials service orchestration. From locations and permitting, cameras and equipment, to FAA and sUAS regulations, she possesses the production industry insight combined with limitless sUAS knowledge to forge the stream lined success of each and every production.

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Christopher Schuster: Lead PILOT

40 years of flying R/C aircraft, a Private Pilot rating, and a 9 year commercial sUAS industry veteran coupled with flying and engineering experience both commercially and competitively, Chris leads Vortex Aerial as the oldest and most industry mature sUAS operator of any currently 333 exempted company in the entire USA.
A proactive and intuitive problem solver both on set and off with countless hours of stick time and hundreds of Film, Televison, and Commercial Productions.

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Matthew Rodgers: Camera Systems

12 years as a Director of Photography, Matt understands that lighting and camera movement is an integral component to engaging the viewer and telling the story. Working alongside some of the biggest Producers, Directors and DOPs in the industry, Matt integrates that knowledge into his role at Vortex Aerial, continuing to set a benchmark for his own style.

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Loic Maheas: Pilot-Visual Observer-Tech

A fixed wing, single engine rated private pilot, Loic Maheas plays perhaps the most critical role regarding on-set safety of operation for the drone crew. From being a second set of eyes, to making final safety calls all while pulling double duty as a redundant back up drone pilot, Loics 4 years as a full scale aircraft pilot and over 9 years of drone piloting, building, and maintenance expertise makes him the perfect fit to round out the Vortex crew.



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