Bird’s Eye UAS was conceived in the Fall of 2005 while Neil Forrest was flying EMS for Life Flight Tallahassee. It was clear then, unmanned aircraft would play a prominent role in a variety of industries and he wanted to be part of this emerging technology.
Neil’s pioneering spirit is apparent in his 35 year career as an FAA instrument rated commercial helicopter pilot, a rotorcraft flight instructor and airframe and power plant rated mechanic with an inspection authorization. He also holds an airplane instrument rating and served his country in the US Marine Corp as a Crew Chief logging 986 hours in the Boeing CH-46 helicopter. After his military service he logged over 4000 hours working in a wide variety of operational environments including the DEA (drug enforcement agency), heli-logging, flight schools, mining, tuna fishing, power lines, and tourism. In Europe, Neil flew for private high worth individuals, a Saudi Sheikh and other prominent business executives. He followed this, serving the Tallahassee community for 16 years as a Life Flight pilot and provided air support for victims at the Super Dome in New Orleans and local hospitals during the initial rescue effort for Hurricane Katrina.
The creation of Birds Eye UAS was the natural next step in Neil’s aviation career, contributing his knowledge and experience towards the greater good of an exciting new technology in areas of agriculture, environmental research, natural resource management, emergency disaster relief, law enforcement, mapping and surveying, construction, search and rescue, humanitarian efforts and more. While this industry is in its early stages Birds Eye UAS intends to play a prominent role in its local development. We invite you to leave your comments or project ideas on our contact page and welcome the opportunity to meet with you soon.