Drone Aerial Adventures is founded and run by leading industry professionals with over 25 years of aerial experience.



Philip Pastuhov

Leading the DAA Experience

Phil Pastuhov is an academy award winning aerial director of photography with over 120 feature films and 100’s of commercials to his credit. His credits include Lord of the Rings, Matrix, James Bond, Spiderman, Mission Impossible to name a few. He’s worked with top directors, actors and producers around the world and loves seeing the world from above. For over 30 years, Phil has specialized in gyrostabilized camera platforms from helicopters and now feels the time is right to bring that knowledge and experience into the world of drone cinematography.

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He is an elite visionary ambassador for DJI and is currently a juror for the Skypixel video of the year contest.

He holds a FAA part 107 certification, he sees drones as fantastic addition to the future of aerial photography.

For more on Phil, here’s a link to his credits and Vimeo page:


Ian Montgomery

Pilot and Post Production Editor

Ian owns and operates sfdrones.tv, a San Francisco based aerial cinematography company. He has been piloting drones for the past 5 years and holds a part 107 certification and night waiver. He pilots, both solo and in tandem, with Phil as his camera operator.

As a 20 year media professional Ian has worked in positions ranging from Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor in every media genre, from features, short films, television, tv commercials, music videos, corporate, documentary, and live sports. Apart from aerial work, his main focus currently is film and video editing within San Francisco. He works with advertising agencies, tech companies, on feature films, documentaries etc.

He strives to find new and unique ways to creatively approach each edit by embracing the editorial technology. He is fluent with Media Composer, Premiere,  After Effects, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve and Film Convert. Some of his editorial career highlights include; 4 Feature Films, 4 Olympic Games, 2 Superbowl Commercials, over 350 film festival screenings including Sundance, Cannes, Paris, New York, Sydney, ‘60 Minutes’ Current Affairs, and as a director for MTV.

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