Our Team

James Ryder
(Director / Chief Controller)
Having entered the industry in his teens, James has been a professional in aviation for over thirteen years. He holds an Air Transport Pilots Licence, Grade I Flight Instructor Rating and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating. During his career, James has participated in a vast array of operations including; flight instruction, aerial photography, air freight, regional, domestic and international airline operations and airline check and training. James has always had a passion for unmanned aerial vehicles and is very excited to be able to work with them on a daily basis. With James’ solid experience in the aviation industry, he brings an airline level of discipline and exacting standards to our flight operations department and our company.
Chris Nicholson
(Director / Deputy Chief Controller)

B. Science Dip Policing Grad. Dip Criminal Intelligence.
Chris has 15 years experience in the aviation industry including both fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle applications. He is a Commercial Pilot, Grade II Flight Instructor, holds a multi-engine Command Instrument Rating and has a dividing passion between fixed wing and what he sees as the future of aviation – UAV. He has an extensive background in surveillance and covert operations and is currently exploring the adaptation of UAV into this field of operation.
Chris Kelly
(Director / Operations Manager and GeoSpatial Analyst)

B. App. Science, Advanced Dip Spatial Science.
Chris has 6 years experience in the spatial sciences discipline. He has worked for local government managing large-scale infrastructure-based spatial data acquisition projects, for state government as a motor vehicle geographic crash analyst and within the mining industry specialising in the application of geographic analysis on mine related movement through monitoring. Chris’s knowledge of field-based data capture, application development for the improvement of data workflows and data analysis and presentation, brings a well-rounded edge to the operation. Chris is excited to be undertaking spatial data acquisition from the platform of UAV’s.
Jane Hayward
(Director / Senior Surveyor)

B. App Science
Jane Hayward has been working in the surveying industry for 18 years. She started out in local government as an engineering surveyor, and six years ago established a surveying consultancy company, primarily conducting monitoring surveys. Jane also has experience in establishing ground control targets, hydrographic surveying, detail drafting, WHS and teaching surveying and civil engineering. Jane is motivated by finding the most efficient method of data capture and reductions for her clients, and promotes a strong safety culture.