Aerial Video / Photo Blog


We are excited to share GE’s Digital Hydro Plant video in which we had the pleasure of filming for our client, Mountain View Group. It was wonderful to work with Simon Umlauf, the producer on site, whose passion for getting the shots in the safest way possible matched well with our standard of being responsible drone operators.

The project was shot in two locations: Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Washington and Rocky Reach Dam near Wenatchee, Washington. The aerial footage was taken with the Inspire 1 drone and the X3 camera. Handheld footage was taken on the Osmo gimbal with the X5R as...

Shaun Wilkens of Fly View Aerial flying a UAV

“Those who build great companies understand that the ultimate throttle on growth for any great company is not markets, or technology, or competition, or products. It is one thing above all others: the ability to get and keep enough of the right people.” - James C. Collins, “Good to Great”

As I established and built Fly View Aerial (FVA) over the last 6 years, there has only been one thing I’ve consistently been successful at and could count on: my ability to make mistakes. When you start a business you wear a plethora of hats and it becomes easy to hover near mediocrity...

Ice Climbers Enjoying Wedgemount Lake.jpg

My head ached and sweat soaked my back from the load that I had been carrying for the past few hours. As I sat the pack down on the wooden platform I took a moment and did a full 360 pan of my surroundings. Aside from the pulsing in my head, all I could hear was the sound of a breeze making its way over the the nearby cliffs, down the glacier, and over the placid turquoise lake in front of me. Feeling like I had aged 30 years, I layed down on my back and soaked in the sun beaming down through the clear skies. Canada was proving even more beautiful than I anticipated.


This is a short film we're making, alongside my filmmaker brother Joseph Long and Portland filmmakers Dennis Mulyar and Ian Midura. We've been developing it for six months and are ready to move into production in September (next month!). Our Kickstarter campaign launched this morning; in the first eight hours we've had almost 100 backers pledging a total of over $3,900. Every little bit counts, even a dollar at a time. If you're able to contribute, support, share, etc., we would be so appreciative!

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"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."

- George Bernard Shaw

In 2010 I graduated with a bachelor of science in mass communication/media and a minor in photography. As a young, aspiring creative, I had grand ideas of how the next twenty years would look. Of two things I was certain: I am a competent individual, and it’s important I be my own...