Vermont Drone: A respected industry leader with a perfect safety record

Our Founder, Steve Mermelstein, first started equipping model aircraft with cameras back in 1989 and has been providing professional photography and cinematography since 1992. Vermont Drone has grown from what was once a small, two person, photography/production company to become a major industry player.

Training, experience, safety, high quality, value, innovative and reliable technology, and exceptional customer satisfaction are our trademarks.

Training and Experience

We have trained each and every team member all our procedures and stringent standards to ensure they’re able to properly represent us and deliver the highest level of quality possible. We also provide ongoing professional development to continuously increase every staff members’ knowledge and hands-on experience.

Each of our pilots and flight team have at least three years of experience, have passed a Federal background check, and received their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS rating (often called a FAA part 107 Certification). Each also re-certify bi-annually and hold all other required licenses/certifications. Several also hold FAA Waivers for flying at night and flying near airports/in controlled airspace.


We have safely operated various model aircraft and drones since 1988 and are very proud of our perfect safety record.  Zero crashes. Zero accidents. Zero incidents. Zero property damage. Zero injuries. 

This record has been maintained through our high attention to details like constant training, planning, testing, inspection and preventative maintenance, strict adherence to safety procedures, meeting (or exceeding) all FAA guidelines, and meticulous risk mitigation. We assign a trained flight Visual Observer/Safety Officer to each and every mission. Our entire team will walk the area to identify and assess potential or existing hazards or risks. A plan is devised to correct or avoid hazards and mitigate all risks. The team then holds a brief but comprehensive briefing with all participants to review the plan, mitigations, safety procedures, and review/confirm the safety checklist and pre-flight checklist. Participants are instructed that they must agree each checklist item is a “OK” and anyone has ability to say, “No”, ask questions, or request additional assessment or mitigation before proceeding.


Our award-winning photographers/cinematographers are highly respected and consistently lavished with praise by our customers (and their customers)!

Vermont Drone is consistently rated higher in quality and overall value by our customers. Our quality control procedures assure that all deliverables have been properly prepared and are inspected by a supervisor before delivery to ensure each meets our stringent standards.


We are always at the leading edge of rapidly changing technology; and continue to develop new training and procedures to increase our flexibility and convenience for our customers at extremely competitive prices. As a result of this unceasing pursuit to exceed customer expectations, we are often imitated but never equalled.

Innovative and Reliable Technology

Vermont Drone’s Founder, Steve Mermelstein, is recognized for his expertise in small Unmanned Aerial System, aerial photography and cinematography drones, cameras, and innovative unmanned projects. He has received grants and distinguished industry awards for his innovate model aircraft/drones and photography. The media and press regularly rely on him for his insight and expertise on drones and unmanned aircraft.

As paid consultants, we have participated in the development and pre-production testing of drones, software, and cameras from several major brands and top manufacturers and even been responsible for the addition or improvement of many features. Steve also invented several key new features and proposed tens of dozens of other refinements and bug fixes to the most award-winning mirrorless camera ever.

We only use rigorously tested, proven reliable, equipment and drones on jobs and perform all routine and preventive maintenance to meet or exceed the manufacturers recommendations.

Exceptional Customer Satisfaction

We make it our business to know the needs of our customers and satisfy them.

Our Business Development Managers set the standard for excellence in customer care throughout the industry. We believe customer satisfaction is crucial. As a result, we have the highest customer retention rates in the industry!

Our Philosophy

Vermont Drone is all about capturing Vermont’s beauty, not only from the ground, but from the air as well.

  • We use cameras and drones to make art or to help the public and environment.
  • We operate in full compliance with all federal and state laws. We voluntarily comply with FAA Advisory Circular 91-57 and FAA Regulation 91.13 as specified by the NTSB.
  • We only operate our equipment in a safe, responsible, and competent manner that does not threaten anyone’s safety, person, or privacy.

Our Pledge

  • We don’t use drones for surveillance, snooping, or hunting.
  • We don’t use drones to make photographs or videos of recognizable persons or individuals without their expressed permission.
  • Our operators don’t fly beyond visual line of sight.
  • We always notify and fly in cooperation with Air Traffic Control and local airport management.
  • We don’t fly our drones more than 400-feet above ground level or near manned aircraft.
  • We never operate in a careless or reckless manner.