Matt Nugent | Founder
Our Founder, Matt Nugent, is a seasoned operator who has been flying Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) since 2018 in an official government capacity. As a full-time Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Matt has been flying UAS’ nearly daily in both day and night operations with specific FAA waivers to maintain compliance. Matt obtained his FAA Part 107 Commercial UAS Pilot License back in 2019 and maintains an active status through the FAA’s recurrent training.
In addition to residential and commercial aerial photography and videography, Matt’s missions have included search and rescue, 3D mapping, accident reconstruction, crime scene investigation, and security overwatch.
Matt is dedicated to safe and compliant operations in every mission he completes. His perfect safety record is a representation of his thoroughness and attention to detail in the preplanning and execution of his missions.
Matt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in the same field from Grand Canyon University. In his spare time, Matt enjoys golfing, snowboarding, hiking, softball, exercising, boating, and enjoying the outdoors with his family of 5 (which includes the dog!).
Mike Thompson | Pilot
Wing Walker (WW) Pilot, Mike Thompson, has been flying Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) since 2018. Mike began flying UAS’ in his full-time Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) capacity and quickly became his agency’s Lead Pilot and Instructor for the entire UAS program consisting of 25+ Pilots and 30+ UAS’. Mike has planned and executed countless UAS missions that have included SWAT operations, crime scene investigation, and security overwatch. Mike has been nationally recognized by the Law Enforcement Drone Association (LEDA) and has served as an Instructor for their programs, supporting new Pilot development and serving as an advisor to LEDA standardization for First Responders on a national level.
For WW, Mike has always prioritized the clients he works with ensuring that their needs and requests are always met and exceeded. Mike consistently delivers high quality images and products for Wing Walker’s clients. In his spare time, Mike enjoys mountain biking, hiking, visiting local breweries, and traveling with his family!
Mike is a FAA Part 107 Commercial UAS Pilot and is primarily assigned to the SE King County area covering the Maple Valley, Ravensdale, Black Diamond, and Enumclaw neighborhoods.
Rob Ylinen | Pilot
Wing Walker (WW) Pilot, Rob Ylinen, has been flying Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) since 2016. Rob began flying UAS’ in his full-time Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) capacity and is currently assigned to the regionalized SWAT team in his area. Rob has been the “go-to” Pilot for special operations that require an extremely skilled Pilot. Rob’s expertise and ability in this field is unmatched and he has been instrumental in the development and implementation of UAS standards for First Responders on a national level.
Rob is consistently tasked with some of the most difficult UAS missions. For WW, Rob has become a highly rated Pilot for our brand capturing remarkable aerial photos for his clients. In his spare time, Rob enjoys hockey, exercising, hiking, and traveling with his family!
Rob is a FAA Part 107 Commercial UAS Pilot and is primarily assigned to the NW Pierce County area covering the Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Purdy and Lakebay neighborhoods.