As a Senior Pilot, Mark Phillips has a wide range of qualifications, including REPL Sub 25KG Fixed Wing, REPL Sub 25KG Multi-rotor, REPL Sub 25KG, Helicopter and AROC.
He first got into the drone industry by building and flying his own drones, which led to the opportunity to start a drone department for a weather company. It was here that he was Chief Pilot, Maintenance Controller and Pilot for two years.
The thing that Mark loves most about his job is being able to do so many different things flying drones. One day you could be doing RnD on a lifesaving dropping system for inflatable pods, and the next you could be filming world record attempts, with the next day being searching for koalas and so on. The opportunities are endless.
The coolest thing Mark’s seen or done with a drone is not easy to pinpoint, as there are many, but some special ones have been filming The Spirit of Australia 2 boat, passing metres below his drone at over 400KPH (trying to break the world water speed record), live streaming the opening of the Invictus Games from the Opera House and being PIC of a rescue of two kids at Lennox Heads.
Outside of work, and family time, Mark likes to spend time with his friends or building and flying drones and R/C planes for LOS and FPV.
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