About the author : Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto

Meet Rodrigo, our chief remote pilot here at Sky Perth, where he's been transforming aerial videography into captivating stories for over eight years. At the heart of Rodrigo's work lies a profound passion for both the art of flying and the art of storytelling. This combination has led his work to be featured on platforms like Netflix, Stan, AppleTV+, Paramount+, Disney+, SBS On Demand, and even internationally with ZDF in Germany.

Rodrigo's aerial videography and photography journey is a testament to his dedication to mastering this unique craft. From capturing the vast beauty of Australia's landscapes to the dynamic energy of urban life across the globe, his work offers viewers a fresh, sky-high perspective. It's not just about the technical expertise of handling a drone; for Rodrigo, every flight is an opportunity to tell a story, to reveal the unseen, and to share a new viewpoint with the world.

Renowned for his collaborative spirit and innovative approach, Rodrigo brings more than technical skills to every project at Sky Perth. Whether working on a documentary, a TV series, or a bespoke project, his focus remains on creating visuals that resonate deeply with audiences. His commitment to quality and ability to capture the heart of a story make him a skilled pilot and a storyteller of the skies.

Do you want to know more about Rodrigo? Check his website: rodmatsumoto.com

We are thrilled to announce that Sky Perth has received remarkable approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to operate drones Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS – Class 1) and, most importantly, near people. We are the first company to receive this approval in Australia, a significant milestone for our company story.

For our clients and any business interested in having FPV drone services, this approval means we can legally operate drones in more areas, including close to people, making our services more accessible and versatile.

At Sky Perth, we believe that FPV drone technology is changing the game for the cinema and video production industry. It enables us to easily capture stunning aerial footage and execute complex maneuvers, resulting in breathtaking shots that were previously impossible to achieve.

The CASA application approvals that we received are as follows:

  • CASA. EVLOS.0105 – Operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Beyond Visual Line of Sight, and
  • CASA.RPAS.0678 – Operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft near people.

These approvals are not easy to obtain and require a lot of hard work and dedication from our team.

We are proud to lead the way in the drone industry and are excited about the opportunities this approval will bring. With our experience and expertise, we are confident we can provide high-quality services to our clients safely and legally.

If you’re looking for FPV drone services, look no further than Sky Perth. We are the experts, and our recent approval from CASA proves our commitment to providing our clients with the best possible service.

Check the podcast video in that we talk about the announcement.


In conclusion, we are thrilled to be the first company to receive approval from CASA to operate drones near people. It is a significant milestone for our company, and we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality FPV drone services to our clients.

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