Hydraulic Studio

Commercial & Industrial Video and Photography

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Q. What is a UAV/UAS?
A. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Unmanned Aerial System, also known as a drone. It is a multi-rotor drone that is operated via a remote controlled by a person on the ground. It is maneuverable and safe.

Q. Is it legal? Where can you fly? What about the FAA?
A. Commercial drone usage is fairly new. The government is still establishing policies regarding the usage of drones. The FAA is actively working towards regulating and certifying drone flights for commercial purposes; however, their policies are not yet defined by official law. As long as our pilots keep our drone within what is known as “Class G” or “uncontrolled” airspace, they remain covered. This is under previously existing legislation relating to model aircraft. This will keep us under 400 feet and away from any airports, other aerial activities and regulated airspace. As long as we stay within our designated fly zones and operate our systems safely, we are cleared for takeoff.

Q. Where can I use the drone?
A. Almost anywhere. The drone is small, lightweight and can fly at low altitudes inside of your facility, warehouse or distribution plant. Vision Positioning technology provides an accurate holding position even when GPS is unavailable. Outside, our options are almost limitless.

Q. Is it safe? Will my equipment, business and people be safe?
A. There is a built in failsafe. If the battery runs low or connection with the remote is lost, the Tropic Thunder Drone uses its GPS and Vision Positioning system and smart flight technology to return back to the pilot. Drone sensors will determine the Tropic Thunder Drone location and altitude and lower the legs automatically when landing. Our pilots are responsible operators with experience on a vast array of equipment. Some drone operators will fly and operate the camera at the same time. The Inspire 1 features a dual-operator control. This allows the master controller to pilot the aircraft, while the second controller operates the camera. This enables the pilot to focus solely on maintaining a safe flight and the cameraman to capture the best video and photography possible.

Q. How far can you fly?
A. The range of the drone is a little more than one mile. If the drone exceeds that distance, it will automatically return to the takeoff location. However, In accordance with the FAA guidelines, we must maintain a visual of the drone at all times. Depending on visibility, this will keep the drone well under that one mile distance.

Q. How long can you fly?
A. Each battery will last approximately 20 minutes. They recharge quickly and we always bring multiple batteries to each shoot.

Q. What kind of video can you take?
A. We can shoot 4k video, slow motion video, video in full HD and capture 12-megapixel photos.

Q. What sort of non-aerial coverage do you provide?
A. We are a skilled team of video professionals and the drone is just one of our many tools. We have multiple cameras capable of timelapse and slow-motion, a full lens kit and stabilization equipment to provide you with high-quality films and photographs of events, landscapes, promos, real estate properties and more. A few of our specializations are high-end food shots, macro product shots and interviews. We do all of our editing in-house, which will give you a consistent level of professionalism and quality. We can also intersperse aerial shots with ground coverage to tell the full story of a place or event.

Q. Where are you located and what areas do you service?
A. We are located in Wichita, Kansas and service the entire region.