Drones provide an exciting and unique platform for getting the aerial view that you are looking for. Having an experienced licensed pilot and using professional quality equipment will make a difference on producing the highest quality product for your projects.

Operating area

Aerial Drones based in the Phoenix area but generally covers the southwest U.S

Our Team

With over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Michael Wayne brings knowledge and skill to the new adventures in today’s drone industry. He is a licensed FAA commercial passenger pilot and FAA small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) licensed pilot , and holds credentials from EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY WORLD WIDE for “sUAS Key Flight Concepts,” in addition to credentials from DRONE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL for “Flight Proficiency and Operational Safety.” He has built and designed experimental airplanes and has national and world speed records. He also has received recognition as an aerobatic pilot.

Chief Pilot

Michael Wayne


Mario Vassaux


“We used Aerial Drones for our construction site. It’s a great tool to let us know if we’re on schedule and, if we’re not on schedule, it identified where the problem areas may lie. In the past they have also done 2-D and 3-D imaging of our sites that has also helped us to manage work progress.”

Chuck Williams

“Our real estate office was doing in-house drone shots. Not only did Aerial Drones shoot better quality pictures and video, but they were able to educate us about the legalities of flying a drone in what could be restricted air spaces and also flying a drone for commercial purposes without an FAA license.”

Mariel Benson

Recent Posts

Chinese and DJI Drones Banned to Only Limited Use

Without question, DJI is the undisputed market leader in today’s drone industry even though some U.S. companies have unsuccessfully tried to challenge its leadership status.  Recently, the Department of the Interior (DOI) independently validated the Government Edition on the DJI Mavic Pro and Matrice 600, partly because of the lack of viable domestic alternatives, but only for non-sensitive missions. In…


Recent changes in the FAA law allows hobbyist drone pilots to obtain authorization to fly in controlled airspace, replacing the prior requirement of notifying nearby airports.  U.S. recreational drone pilots can now obtain near-instant authorization from the FAA to fly in controlled airspace near approximately 600 airports. This privilege was previously authorized for professional drone pilots only. The LAANC (low altitude…

FAA to Expand Prospects for Hobbyist Pilots

Recently the FAA announced the expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system to include hobbyist drone flyers.  This will greatly expand the ability of drone pilots to gain access to controlled airspace nationwide.  This policy will speed up the time it takes for authorization to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace.  The expansion means the…