Wessex Aerial Photography, let’s call it Wessex for short, was created by Ben Lovegrove (great job Ben!) but at the start of 2016 he handed the reins to Jim Mulvaney and Jo Gillespie. There’s more about each of them on this page but they both come from the aviation industry, so there is a strong background in things that fly. This means that Wessex is managed by people who are familiar with the highly regulated and safety conscious world of aviation and they bring this with them into the burgeoning drone business.
Did we just say ‘drone’ business? Not RPAS, UAV, UAS etc? Yes we did – we can be technical if you prefer (very technical if necessary) but at Wessex we have come to accept that the world in general understands the generic term ‘drone’ far better than all of those esoteric abbreviations; and we’re fine with that.
So from the start of 2016 we are here at Wessex to offer aerial photography, video, survey and inspection with a professional but personal style that caters to the full range of clients’ needs. And if we simply can’t meet your requirements then we will help you find someone who can.
Jim’s engineering career has encompassed a wide variety of domestic and international positions in both civil and military aviation. Working with many aircraft variants from fast jets and low-level bombers, to turboprops, rotary, wide bodies and now the unmanned variety. Formerly a qualified flight test engineer and instructor, he now applies his 35 years in the business to investigating aviation accidents for the insurance industry.
Holding an MSc in Air Transport Management, Jim is keen to apply this professional knowledge and experience to the commercial operation of Small Unmanned Surveillance Systems (SUAS), starting with the CAA Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW). Working as a team with former colleague Jo, they are immensely pleased to take Wessex Aerial Photography forward into an exciting future. See Drone UAV for our blog posts.
Jo (not a girl in spite of the name) is a pilot by profession, with 30 years’ of flying experience in both military and commercial aviation. He doesn’t fly any more but advises airlines on operational safety and risk management, based on his experience as Vice President of Flight Safety for a major international airline. Jo is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Flight Safety Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a consultant to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
Jo recognised the growing drone market in early 2015 and set about gaining the requisite qualifications to operate commercially. With the exams and flight test successfully completed he teamed up with his former colleague Jim at the beginning of 2016 to acquire Wessex Aerial Photography. Watch out for Jo’s blog posts on Drone UAV.