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AAIC Drones

AAIC Visual Perceptions (Advanced Aerial Imaging Concepts) is a Maryland based multimedia company providing aerial and ground photography/video, graphic arts, social media marketing services,  and more.


We're dedicated to the filming and production of aerial and ground cinematic and photographic pictures and movies.  We cater to a wide variety of small and medium sized clients including non-profits, private and commercial property builders, museums and documentary film makers.


As a full service small business, we offer everything from raw stock footage to delivering the final edited product. We use high quality video equipment and love what we do. With more than twenty years of combined experience we offer exceptional quality work at a great price. 


AAIC fits the niche where hiring a major film or production company for most small to medium business projects is cost prohibitive. But a great price should not be thought of as a reduced service or quality of product. As a local small business we actually do the flying, filming, editing and all communication with the client. We offer a true personal service which most larger companies seem to lose as their labor force and departments increase.



“When you hire us to shoot your project, you get more than just experienced drone operators/photographers. You get our personal commitment to help you meet your video and photographic needs while exceeding your expectations. There is no better reward for us than a happy customer with a smile on their face.” 


AAIC Visual Perceptions is the husband and wife team of:


Michael Tranchitella has been working with unmanned aircraft systems (Drones) for more than twenty years. His work as an engineer and pilot has taken him around the world flying with a variety of organizations including NASA, NATO, USDA, and more! A photographer at an early age, Mike describes AAIC as “the perfect job” where he combines his love of flying and passion for photography/videography to help his clients achieve their dreams. In addition to his drone and photography work, Mike loves cooking Indian curries, plays guitar and bass, and has also worked as certified audio engineer. The word "Multipotentiality" best describes his path through life and professional environment.


Leona Tranchitella has been an artist all her life, receiving her Associate’s degree in Visual Communications from the Maryland College of Art and Design (MCAD) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). At AAIC , she specializes in photography, editing, graphic design and keeping Michael out of trouble. When not working on an AAIC project, she is busy creating her own line of unique handmade jewelry. Leona is also a musician playing piano, guitar, and bass. Her specialty in the kitchen is cooking amazing and very healthy Non-GMO, gluten-free, organic meals.


Michael and Leona share a childhood romance, having been together for more than 39 years. While they do not have any children, they do have “Wensleydale” the pet MINI Cooper and two aquariums of Goldfish all named after the characters from “The Wire”.

Hi Michael just wanted to say how beautiful the drone footage is ! Thank you

Madison Fruitman



Phenomenal!!! WOW WOW WOW

You have exceeded any and all expectations. Thank you for the incredible work, your talent, your professionalism and kindness. Your work is unbelievable, amazing and exactly what we needed and more

K. O'Connell

Ocean Creative

"Your video gave me chills"

David Guiney

Interpretive Direction LLC


Thank you so much"

Ruth Bielobocky

ion design

Your service has been amazing throughout the entire project and we’ll be sure to reach out to you again the next time we have a project in your area! Thank You!

Alex Brown

Project Manager - Choate Construction

Mike!  Your photos are fantastic!  Thank you - we've heralded them and thank you for doing what you do!  

Peggy M / Historic Ellicott City Inc.

"I Love These"

Don Reuwer

Waverly Real Estate Group

You are an artist...thank you so much for the beautiful photos.

Sandy K. / Realtor Long & Foster

Amazing aerial photo's of my clients home and of the park. I would definitely use their services again. My clients were over the top excited with their pictures.

Robin Wilson

Long & Foster Real Estate

I'm always blown away by the quality of your pictures! Also, I've watched other modular home sets captured by drone, and they just aren't as smooth as yours. You can definitely tell the level of experience of the operator.

Ted Smith

Modular Home Builder

Thanks Michael! We have been very happy with your services on the project. Great photos & videos.

Alex Brown

Choate Construction Company

"We are lucky to work with AAIC. Great product and almost instant turn around."

Thomas Valkenet

Valkenet Brokerage, LLC

"We cannot thank you enough for the generosity you have shown in support of our effort! Your partnership is invaluable”

EC250 Inc.

non-profit 501(c) (3)

"The images and angles you took look great and I know the client will love them. 

Rex Singleton


"Mike supported our company to test fly UAVs of dubious origin. His professionalism and experience allowed us to verify and validate the operation and feasibility of these aircraft for a potential business enterprise. Without his help and skill, we would not have been able to evaluate these aircraft in an affordable and efficient manner. I highly recommend his services."

Lester Foster Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc.

"Mike and AAIC Know How To Present !

If Mike is anything, it's thoughtful. His ability to get quiet and focus on your needs is truly his greatest gift!
Harris Woodward

Finish Werks Custom Builders

"These photographers are so creative and talented! Check out their FB page for some of the most beautiful photos you'll ever see.

Trains and more

"While developing the VistaNavSSR Unmanned Air System, Mike was personally requested to provide support on the project because of his expertise with UAVs, his exceptional piloting skills, and friendly, honest demeanor. He is an extremely versatile individual who was able to rapidly engineer and adapt the system to our changing requirements. His ability to quickly identify and solve issues helped save time and money, keeping the project within budget and on schedule. His guidance and piloting allowed us to successfully demonstrate the system to customers and scientists around the world. I highly recommend Mike and his services."

Philippe Roy
President & CEO at Aero Surveillance Inc.

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