Aerial Photography

Aerial photography is my passion. I love to fly anything that flies from drones to airplanes to helicopters. What ever it takes to get the job done.

Real Estate Photography

Real estate photography is now more affordable than ever. We’re following all the laws set out by transport Canada while getting you the best shot.

Wildlife and Nature

We do everything from counting wildlife for conservation officers to custom photos and video. If we can’t do it, we can find someone for you.

About Star Air Vision

Thank you for taking the time to read through my website. Here’s a little family history and where our name came from.

It was a long time ago in a land far far-ish away in Alaska. My grandpa Charles “Charlie” Ruttan was co-founder of Star Air Service in 1932 which you now know as Alaska Airlines. Read the history here.

Fast forward to 2015 when Ryan Ruttan founded Star Air Vision. A company offering aerial drone video or “vision” services for real estate. As the technology grew and innovations came along a new “Vision” was formed for affordable avionics in full scale aviation and not just drones.

I named the company after my grandfather’s to keep the family history going in aviation. My dream is to contribute to aviation safety and my wish is that my Grandpa was still here to see this.

Volunteer Work:

Check out our Cathedral Grove Virtual Tour

Marmot Recovery Foundation:

When I’m not working I’m building technology for the Marmot Recovery Foundation. I love geeking out on technology and if I can use what I know to help wildlife I’m in!

Part of helping wildlife is using radio tags to track movements for the safety of the animal and then education of those trying to help wildlife. My job is to develop a new way to track and log the movements using autonomous radio recievers.

This project is still in development and is awaiting its first test in the wild. It will listen to the radio tags of Marmots (and many other types of animals needing help) and log the time and date that it heard the signal. This data can be used to tell if the animal is healthy, alive and moving. In the world of science, good science is good observation. That’s a quote from the movie Avatar that I’ll never forget.

Next up: Long range photo and video transmission (downloading) over 20kms away.

Imagine studying an animal that lives only in the highest regions of Vancouver Island. It’s hours of hiking one way or thousands of dollars in helicopter flights. What if we could build a camera trap that can download the photos and video the moment it was taken. An alarm would go off for the scientist telling them a photo just came in. They could then log into the system and use controls to move the camera and follow the animal. It would be almost like being able to teleport (virtually) haha.