1. (sometimes shortened to prop head or prophead ) Someone who is exceptionally, perhaps weirdly bright or knowledgeable, especially in some technical field.
2. See below.
In addition to being the owner, pilot and pointy-head-in-charge at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres was an award winning U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and Chief of Public Affairs who retired in 2014 after 22 years of distinguished service. He has dedicated his life to changing the way we see our world using creativity, enthusiasm and technology.
A former military media relations instructor, sUAS subject matter expert/speaker and professional photographer, Gyokeres also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. He also advises national clients on the design, operation and deployment of advanced aerial systems for use by photographers, surveyors, cinematographers and military contractors.
Gyokeres joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as a fighter weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006. His 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience includes three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, as well as Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Italy and Iceland.
He has captured nearly a million images in the course of his award-winning career and merges his passion for photography with his technical expertise as the founder of Propellerheads. His goal is to show people the power of a better perspective, and to help raise voices and gain understanding through advanced technology. That, and shooting race cars, explosions, and other similar cool things.
Recent work includes partnerships with clients such as the United Nations Human Rights Commission, The History Channel, Ford, GM, ESPN, The New York Times, BMW Motorsports, Nike/Air Jordan, The Wu-Tang Clan, the Department of Defense, Tool North America, TerraSmart Solar, Monticello Motor Club, Avalon Bay Properties, Kimco, Holt, GTB, Fake Love, Leftfield Entertainment, Carrot Creative, Pirate Shark Dinosaur, Oheka Castle and The Battleship NJ Foundation.
As a remote control pilot and builder, he has been active in the study and use of this technology for more than a decade and has extensive experience with the design, construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Please contact Propellerheads for your next hand-built aerial photography vehicle or personalized professional training program.
He also advocates and educates about the safe, responsible use of small UAVs for aerial photography at speaking and training events nationwide. His goal is to build acceptance and the safe use of this exiting new capability in the hands of professional photographers, filmmakers and artists. He firmly believes using this technology is no different from the use of helicopters and manned aircraft for aerial photography, but this technology is safer, less expensive and provides much better results in much less time.
As a result of his obsession with safety in all its operations, Propellerheads maintains a perfect safety record. Please contact Parker for a consultation before your next creative project.
United States Air Force, Retired
Board member, Professional Society of Drone Journalists.
U.S. Air Force photojournalism award winner (2013)
Six-time USAF Air Combat Command award winner.
15-time USAF Air Mobility Command award winner.
Aerial, Written and photographic works featured by:
- American Society of Media Photographers
- Professional Photographer Magazine (Cover) Sept 2016
- Professional Photographer Magazine, (Feature story) November 2016
- Business Insider
- Scripps News Service
- Associated Press
- The Great Books Foundation (in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Foundation) "Standing Down, from Warrior to Civilian"
- National Endowment for the Arts anthology "Operation Homecoming, Writing the Wartime Experience,"
- The New Yorker's Annual Fiction Edition, 2010 (Camp Muckamungus)
- Jeopardy! (Photo)
- 60 Minutes (Australia)
- Capture Magazine, (Feature Article) (Australia)
- Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine
- Fox News
- The Washington Post X2
- The Military Times
- Gawker Media
- Stars and Stripes
- Secrets of Speed Magazine (Cover)
- EMS World
- Armed Forces Network
- Citizen Airman Magazine (Cover)
- USA Weekend Magazine (USA Today)
- Air Force Magazine
- Airman Magazine, Showcase, Year In Photos 2013
- Soldier Of Fortune Magazine
- Lemmings Motor News, (Cover)
- CheckPoints (Cover) (U.S. Air Force Academy Alumni Magazine)
- Military Officer Magazine(Cover)
- U.S. Air Force Calendar, 2010
- U.S. Air Force Year in Photos, 2012, 2013
- U.S. Marine Corps Year in Photos, 2012