Chief Drone Pilot and Founder
Bjorn is a fully qualified, CAA approved, drone pilot. He is responsible for the day to technical operations of the company including innovation. The Founder of Drone Scotland, his background includes 8 years working within advertising and a further 14 years running his own business. Bjorn is qualified to operate multi-rotor unmanned aircrafts up to 25kg in weight. His work has been used by the NHS, Taylor Wimpey, Graham Construction, Morrison Construction, Cala, STV, BBC, a number of public bodies, international and nationwide companies. Bjorn has been involved in a number of highly successful Drone Innovation projects with the construction and housebuilding sectors. He is also trained to an advanced level in video production and editing and holds advanced certificates from Adobe in Premiere Pro, After Effects and Animation editing software.
“What we do, is give our customers data. This data, in turn, is used to help our customers make decisions. The drone/UAV industry has evolved. No longer is it simply pretty pictures and cinematic videos. It’s accurate and interactive data which can be used to drive efficiencies, improve communications, prevent errors, speed up processes, facilitate safety and ultimately, drive profit”. Bjorn Aaen January 2022
Michele is the creative mastermind behind Drone Scotland with an Honours Degree in Film and Media studies including a year at Film school in the USA. Michele is responsible for the day to day running of the business. She also joins the team on commercial shoots operating our ground cameras and supporting with video post-production. Michele has been trained to an advanced level in video production and video editing. She is also fully trained to an advanced level in Premiere Pro, After Effects and Animation.
Michele also has over 15 years experience working within a National Media Company. Michele has extensive knowledge of Publishing, Sponsorship, Digital Media, PR Events and Advertising. Michele is also a keen marathon runner.
“We are at the forefront of a very exciting industry. Working closely with our clients, we are delivering results which help them achieve their goals. We are always monitoring changes in the market and thus well positioned to be Scotland’s leading supplier of UAV data, imagery and video” Michele Aaen January 2022
Consultant Civil Engineer
Bjorn Aaen Snr is an experienced Civil Engineer with in excess of 30 years working at Glasgow City Council of which most of his employment was at senior management level. In addition, Bjorn is a part time Civil Engineering Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Within Drone Scotland, Bjorn works primarily as a consultant and is one of 3 Company Directors. On a side note, Bjorn regularly reminisces to his early career years where they worked without modern technology and how we all need to know our basics.
Out with work, Bjorn is a keen photographer with a particular interest in wildlife photography and international travel.
Ground Crew Observer/Civil Engineering Student
Jennifer is currently in her 3rd year at Edinburgh Napier University studying Civil Engineering. Outwith her studies, Jennifer supports field operations including setting out GCP’s, acting as an airspace observer and providing general support to the remote pilot. In addition, Jennifer is learning how to process data using Pix4D as well as other software systems.
“My role within Drone Scotland provides me with an excellent avenue to further my learning in civil engineering, particularly as my intention is to specialise in the roads and transport sector of the industry. The many advantages of utilising drone technology within surveying and construction is definitely the way forward and I’m grateful for the opportunity Bjorn, Michelle and the team at Drone Scotland have given me.
Outside of my studies, I enjoy going to the gym, cooking, playing chess and like every good prospective engineer, the occasional game or two (or more) of Minecraft.”
Ground Crew & Competent Observers
At Drone Scotland, we also employ the services of ground crew personnel and trained competent observers. Many of which are Surveying and Engineering students. In addition to this we have a UK wide network of drone pilots with an Operational Authorisation from the CAA aligned with our business. Therefore, we are able to service the whole of the UK.