ICARUS Ambassador Rob Shoesmith - May 2017

Rob has won our seventh Facebook photo contest with his outstanding photograph.

In return for winning our contest and agreeing to champion the ICARUS course for the next 12 months, he's received a free course worth £999 and is now on his way to earning a PfCO.

As you'll be hearing a lot more from Ivan over the coming months, we thought we'd introduce him through some questions below.

 What drone was used to capture this photo?

I used a DJI Phantom 3 standard to capture the photo. It was in Fort William Scotland. Unfortunately at the end of my trip I had a crash with my drone deciding to autoland in a salt water Scottish loch! I was gutted to say the least as my drone had to go to drone heaven. The electronics were fried beyond repair. I'm just so happy that I managed to capture this photo. 

What other drones do you fly?

I fly a Mavic Pro and intend on eventually buying an Inspire 2 or a Matrice. I just need to save up some pennies first :). 

Where are you based?

I'm based just down the road from your Oxfordshire base in Coventry. I plan on moving to the Scottish highlands at some point as I love the drone photo and video opportunities there. Such a stunning place and I'd highly recommend drone flyers check the area out! 

What grew your interest in drone technology?

Visiting the Scottish highlands and a love of technology. I love vlogging and making little videos so thought a drone adds a totally different perspective. Plus when I was a kid I always wanted a remote control plane but never got one! I'm a kid at heart so owning a drone was a no brainer to me. They are so much fun and allows me to explore new places in the great outdoors which is a great thing!

What’s the most exciting/interesting thing you’ve photographed/filmed from the air?

I'd say a Scottish castle not far from Oban. It was the perfect day with great lighting. I also love finding weird / unusual patterns with the camera facing down. Abstract is something I love. I plan on hopefully filming / photographing some crop circles. I think it would look awesome! 

How long have you been flying unmanned aircraft (including model helicopters etc.)?

I got my first drone just before Christmas last year and am now totally hooked! 

What do you plan to do once you gain your PfCO?

'd love to sell some of my photos online mostly of landscapes, perhaps some event videos / photos and long term set up a drone hire centre where people can come and have a go. I'm keen to show technophobes how great drone flying can be! My background is in social media and PR so I'm thinking I can come up with some creative social media campaigns for clients with the drone and having a pro licence will most certainly open some doors for me. It'll certainly add a string to my bow!. 

Do you have a website?

I'm developing a website as we speak. I'm very active on Instagram where I'm vlogging about my experiences of getting my pro drone licence. It's a great platform to be inspired and to ask questions and share some of my work. Looking forward to sharing news of me winning your contest. I'm so delighted and look forward to the training course and meeting you guys!