We are a small team of scientists and technicians with different backgrounds. Our interest for challenging missions, drones and research is what binds us. We provide diverse possibilities for aerial data collection, top notch safety, and solid data analysis. We offer core expertise in environmental, geological, and industrial applications. We are based in Canada and the Netherlands and operate globally.
Eelke Folmer, PhD
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Eelke is a broadly trained ecologist interested in the natural environment and the processes underlying abundance, distribution, diversity and dynamics of organisms. He combines intelligent measurement technology and conventional field observations with mathematical, statistical, computational, and eco-informatic approaches. Eelke uses science and (drone) technology to support conservation, resource management and sustainable food production.
Thor Veen, PhD
Chief Science Officer (CSO)
Understanding our natural world is a complex task and throughout his academic career Thor has applied a wide range of different techniques to answer questions related to biodiversity. Recently his focus shifted to using remote sensing techniques combined with emerging statistical techniques to further the analyses of big aerial data sets to monitor biodiversity. At Sky Pilot Thor focusses on academic development and dreams of writing algorithms to automatically detect birds in UAV footage.
Chief Operations Officer (COO) & Business Development
Dustin Wales is a Transport Canada certified advanced UAV pilot and reviewer. With experience on multiple missions and mission types including hours as a UAV pilot instructor working with first nations groups in Northern British Columbia. His past experience working from labour to management in agriculture, construction and oil & gas industries gains Dustin first-hand knowledge being on site for these types of operations. He carries that knowledge into our operating procedures to ensure we act with the highest safety standards when operating on your site. Dustin's focus is on business and customer relationship management, aiming to provide our clients with the deliverables they need and going above and beyond to ensure satisfaction.