Mike’s background as a Private Pilot combined with his experience as a TV and Video Producer allows him to bring a unique approach to aerial imaging projects. Methodical planning and collaboration ensures that each mission achieves its ultimate objectives.  Flight experience includes Hexacopters, quads, fixed gear and retractable platforms in single-pilot and dual-operator configurations.   He has logged more than 700 hours flight experience over multiple platforms including the Freely Alta Hexacopter, the Inspire I Pro, the Phantom 4 Pro, the Yuneec H520 and the Phantom 4 RTK.  He is certified for night drone operations and has flown multiple drone missions in the DC Flight Restricted Zone or “FRZ”.  

Mr. Sobola was a featured guest lecturer on Aerial Data Gathering and Mapping via Drone at the Maine Media Workshops, and a presenter at various events and conferences including the NYC Drone Film Festival and InterDrone.  He has a degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Maryland, a Certificate in Filmmaking from New York University and is a member of the Maryland Society of Surveyors.