Founder and CEO
FAA Part 107 Pilot
Toni Saarinen is a lifelong Los Angeles area resident and a natural born Entrepreneur.
Toni is now lifting off her newest venture, 34 North Solutions, a Certified Woman Owned Drone cinematography and public utilities data collection company, as Founding Owner, CEO and FAA Part 107 Pilot.
A woman-owned company in a male-dominated industry isn’t the only thing that sets 34 North Solutions apart from driving excellence in all areas of unmanned aircraft systems. Recognizing that Commercial Drone pilots serve industries like film production, multi-media and public utilities, 34 North Solutions is the right blend of excellence, equity, creativity, problem-solving and passion for all forms of image collection.
Starting her career as a Television Commercial Producer 25 years ago, Toni took another next step by launching her own independent Sales Representative company Saarinen.TV, a well-respected matchmaker for Advertising Agencies, Directors, Television and Music Video Production companies and Visual Effects houses.
As a Business Owner and Producer, Toni is known for her solid organizational skills, calm and sense of humor. As a seasoned professional, Toni is responsible for overseeing all elements of any project – large or small – from start to finish.
34 North Solutions offers personalized planning and advice based on your goals, time frame and budget. We’re focused on the right combination of services, support and guidance that make the most
sense for you and your project. We’re there for you each step of the way.
We love to fly our Drones – come fly with us.
West Coast Operations
Commercial multi-engine and
Part 107 Pilot
Bill Hays is a photographer, videographer, musician, commercial multi-engine instrument rated pilot and a 14 CFR Part 107 UAS (drone) pilot and flight instructor. With Bill’s 25 years of experience in photography and videography and similar experience as a manned aircraft pilot, it was a natural move for Bill to become a drone pilot specializing in drone photography and videography with his preexisting intimate knowledge of FAA airspace, regulations, and culture. Bill has been a professional drone pilot since 2016. Bill was grandfathered into a Part 107 Certificate because of a Motion Picture and Television FAA 333 exemption he had previously obtained.
Bill’s practical experience other than instructing, research and consulting, consists of hundreds of photography, videography and cinematography shoots, drone data collection of thousands of electrical transmission line structures in denied and high wire environments in Northern, Central and Southern California.
Bill is a SME contributor for the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) which was formed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system (NAS) of the United States. The issues addressed by the collaborative included the entire spectrum of UAS operations including but not limited to, airworthiness, flight operations, infrastructure inspections, environmental applications, commercial services, workplace safety, flight operations, standards for public safety, personnel training, qualifications and certification standards.
A few of the dozens of sub-categories examined and evaluated were BVLOS, autonomy and AI, block chain, detect and avoid (DAA), EO/IR minimal operation performance standards (MOPS) for traffic surveillance, command and control, UAS cybersecurity, counter-UAS methods and technology, maintenance and inspection (M&I), protection against GNSS interference, spoofing and jamming and the myriad of airspace navigation aids available for implementation.
Bill is a drone instructor for photographers, videographers, public safety personnel, hobbyists and infrastructure inspectors for all manner of flight operations and data collection.
East and Gulf Coast
and Part 107 Pilot
Nathan is an FAA Part 107 pilot, sUAS Level I Thermography certified, and also holds a Rotorcraft/Helicopter rating with a turbine endorsement. He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience including being a Special Agent on the elite, U.S. Secret Service, and Presidential Protective Division as well as being extensively involved in the investigation into the attacks on September 11th, 2001 as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He has participated in the development and implementation of the security plan for several National Special Security Events (NSSE) including the Salt Lake City Olympics and the visit of the Pope to the United States, among many others. Nathan has specialized in technical operations in law enforcement including the use of drone technology. He recently retired from Federal law enforcement as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Western Field Office of the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service. He is currently a licensed Private Investigator in the State of Florida. Nathan was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and Military Police Corps. Prior to entering law enforcement, he worked in EMS and Search and Rescue.
Nathan has extensive experience in teaching with instructor certification from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and is an Adjunct Professor at multiple Universities. He also has extensive experience in management in high-stress environments.
Nathan holds a J.D. from Taft law school, a Master’s Degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany in Criminal Justice.