United States of America
Propellerheads Aerial Photography, LLC.

Raise Your Voice!

Propellerheads is an insured, veteran-owned, NY-based aerial services business providing professional aerial closed set filming, photography, thermal/multispectral and heavy lift cinematography.  Our fleet of custom designed aerial vehicles provides ‘first take’ results with the highest level of safety. We are one of the nation’s preeminent UAV operators with deep ties to the professional UAV community, government agencies and creative agencies.  When a shot requires an obsessive attention to safety or a high level of piloting and cinematographic skill, creative professionals call Propellerheads to get it done on time and under budget.

We operate under an FAA-approved Section 333 Exemption for commercial aerial data gathering and closed set filming. Propellerheads also holds an FAA-approved Motion Picture Television Operations Manual for closed set filming.

Recent work includes partnerships with clients such as the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Nike/Air Jordan, Red Bull, The Wu-Tang Clan, Department of Defense, Monticello Motor Club, Avalon Bay Properties, Kimco, Holt, Leftfield Entertainment, Carrot Creative, Oheka Castle and The Battleship NJ Foundation.

Propellerheads has been featured by Wired, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Business Insider, The Washington Post, New York Magazine and CNN.


In addition to being the owner, pilot and pointy-head-in-charge at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres was an award winning U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and Chief of Public Affairs who recently retired from 22 years of distinguished service to dedicate his life to changing the way we see our world.

As a freelance author, UAV subject matter expert and photographer, Gyokeres also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. He also advises national clients on the design, operation and deployment of advanced aerial systems for use by photographers, surveyors, cinematographers and military contractors.

Gyokeres joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as a fighter weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006.  His 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience includes three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, as well as Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, and Iceland.

He has captured nearly a million images in the course of his award winning career and merges his passion for photography with his technical expertise as the founder of Propellerheads.

As a remote control pilot and builder, he has been active in the study of this technology for more than a decade and has extensive experience with the design, construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.  Please contact Propellerheads for your next hand-built aerial photography vehicle or personalized professional training program.

He also advocates and educates about the safe, responsible use of small UAVs for aerial photography at speaking and training events nationwide. His goal is to build acceptance and the safe use of this exiting new capability in the hands of professional photographers, filmmakers and artists.   He firmly believes this technology is no different from the use of helicopters and manned aircraft for aerial photography, and that this technology is safer, less expensive and provides much better results.

As a result of his obsession with safety in all its operations, Propellerheads maintains a perfect safety record.
United States Air Force, Retired
Board member, Professional Society of Drone Journalists.
U.S. Air Force photojournalism award winner (2013)
Six-time USAF Air Combat Command award winner.
15-time USAF Air Mobility Command award winner.

American Society of Media Photographers
Business Insider
Scripps News Service
Associated Press
The Great Books Foundation (in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Foundation) “Standing Down, from Warrior to Civilian”
National Endowment for the Arts anthology “Operation Homecoming, Writing the Wartime Experience,”
The New Yorker’s Annual Fiction Edition, 2010
60 Minutes (Australia)
Capture Magazine (Australia)
Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine
Fox News
The Washington Post  X2
The Military Times
Gawker Media
Stars and Stripes
Secrets of Speed Magazine
EMS World
Armed Forces Network
Citizen Airman Magazine
USA Weekend Magazine (USA Today)
Air Force Magazine
Airman Magazine, Showcase, Year In Photos 2013
Soldier Of Fortune Magazine
Hemmings Motor News
CheckPoints (Cover) (U.S. Air Force Academy Alumni Magazine)
Military Officer Magazine  (Cover)
U.S. Air Force Calendar, 2010
U.S. Air Force Year in Photos, 2012, 2013
U.S. Marine Corps Year in Photos, 2012