Eye in the Sky Capturing Construction of New Medical Education Center

Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Health System


Every day around here is different—but last Wednesday took it to new heights. A few colleagues and I ended up on top of the Penn Tower garage counting down a liftoff. “Four, three, two, one.” And with that, a mini helicopter (well, technically a hexacopter) took to the skies, right off the roof, and headed to the newest addition to the Perelman School of Medicine campus skyline: The Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center. 

The building is quickly rising higher, and we’re working with a professional drone photographer to capture the construction progress up to its completion.  That’s where the hexacopter “Airwolf” (pictured above) comes in. This state-of-the-art drone is equipped with a digital camera that will zip up and around the site periodically over the next six months or so snapping stills and video.


Parker Gyokeres

In addition to being the owner, vehicle builder and pilot at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres is an active duty U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and the current Chief of Public Affairs for the 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Gyokeres has 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience, to include three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He has been active in remote control flight for ten years and has extensive experience with the construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.