An entrepreneur and visionary whose life experiences has led to the creation of commercial UAS company Birds Eye of Big Sky. Matt was inspired to create an organization dedicated to the highest standards of technical excellence in Unmanned Aircraft System operations (popularly referred to as "drones") for renowned clients such as National Geographic, PBS, HBO, BBC, NBC Sports, plus many more feature film and documentary companies who demand the best results. Matt has a passion for flying in his blood; he was inspired to fly by his father and grandfather (a skilled Air Force mechanic) with whom Matt spent many hours building and flying model airplanes. Decades of RC flight experience with radio-controlled fixed-wing and rotorcraft has enabled him to seamlessly evolve into a drone pilot of incomparable proficiency.
A recognized leader in the operation of UAS, Mr. Ragan is sought by leading organizations and businesses who recognize his abilities in flying and training. Since 2015, Matt has teamed with other industry leaders to provide commercial UAS training on larger aircraft systems to renowned production companies, specialized service providers, and even government entities like Navy Special Ops Teams. As Matt has seen the shifts in drone regulations from one end of the spectrum to the next, he has made it a goal of his to encourage professionalism among production crews and set industry standards. Seeking to build a passion-fueled business and share its growth with his two sons, he has continued to embraces this new opportunity of drone piloting to follow his real passion for aviation and technology over these past 5 years.
Danielle de Leon
Principal manager, cinematographer, and pilot at Bird Eye of Big Sky and the Head UAS Coach of our training branch Pilot EQ. With a degree in Psychology and minor in Photography, Ms. de Leon has applied her education to diversifying and enhancing our team's cunning skill. Challenging herself daily to log more flight time, she has evolved into a talented UAS pilot which inspired the creation of a UAS training program that involves Aeronautical Decisions Making (ADM) techniques tested by the FAA to decrease the likelihood of crashes, and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) techniques used by psychologists to increase efficiency in problem solving by flying drones. This means that our students can increase your performance success in any and every area of your life while also learning how to pilot drones intelligently with our coaching.
From her childhood in the San Francisco bay area to her adulthood in northwest Montana, Danielle has been surrounded by spectacular scenery and natural beauty, gaining a unique appreciation of visual splendors and aesthetic standard. Danielle possesses a wealth of knowledge in the areas of psychology, 10 years of photographic knowledge, and a well rounded understanding of unmanned aerial systems technology. Danielle is also a dedicated Certified Iyengar Yoga Level I & II Teacher (CIYT), providing four classes per week in Kalispell, Montana that focuses on teaching meditation in action by sharing concepts on anatomy and kinesiology of poses. The combination of technical capability and mindfulness has molded this entrepreneurial woman into a successful resource, networker, and artist who is eager to share her experience with others.