Scott Painter - Owner & Chief Pilot

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Degree Name Master of Business Administration – MBA

Field Of Study Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Degree Name Bachelor of Science

Field Of Study Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

Private Pilot Complex High Performance Rating

Issuing authority DOT FAA

BEAD is owned by Scott Painter, an ex military officer who has worked with drones globally and in civilian life. Scott worked as a Senior Field Engineer for Lockheed Martin in the UAS sphere. Scott started Birds Eye Aerial Drones in 2014 and has become San Diego’s leading Drone Service company with an unrivaled safety and performance record.. employs many ex-services people due to their work ethic and precision in the field. providing professional aerial imagery. Scott teaches at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The world’s oldest and largest fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. 

Technological applications in the photography and videography field have evolved at lightning speed, but technology is only as powerful as the people behind it. BEAD has invested heavily in USA-made drones, a mobile operations center and AI image processing software that is world-leading in it’s field and integrates with specialist most engineering software, producing point clouds, lidar and 3d imagery with full GPS co-ordinates (Including altitude).

Our experience, expertise, and dedication to excellence allows us to provide a high-tech robust solution for your workflow needs. A solution which helps take your operations to new heights!

We are one of San Diego’s leading Drone Service companies. We provide acquisition, processing, and delivery of aerial imagery to our customers.

BEAD employs expert technology to outfit its fleet of drones. Our experienced pilots perform operations that are always safe, legal, and insured. We don’t just fly drones and capture imagery. We ensure that our deliverables provide intelligence that adds value to our customers business. We provide full-service GIS and CA Certified Survey and Environmental data engineers. We put drone technology to work for you to provide safer, faster and the most exact results you can depend on..

As required by law, all our pilots have a Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command Certificate with a UAS Rating. Our pilots have years experience with fixed-wing and rotor wing UAS/RC piloting experience.

BEAD is among the first companies granted permission for commercial use of UAS.

After retiring from the Navy, Scott founded Birds Eye Aerial Drones, LLC in 2014, based on his life-long love of flying and technology. Birds Eye Aerial Drones has expanded to provide industry leading solutions throughout California and rebranded to as we relentlessly pursue excellence.

I look forward to serving you with innovative solutions!


(619) 886-0100