White Lake Windfarms

Another successful day of filming and flying with great people at a great place. It’s been a dream of ours here at Prairie Aerial to get up close and personal with those modern marvels of clean energy—wind turbines that stand over 300 feet tall! To get the beauty of those structures, however, a good wind needs to be blowing. That spells awesome motion for the wind turbines but difficult flying for the drone pilot! Blessedly, everything worked out just fine, and the result is more beautiful than we ever imagined.

 

University of Sioux Falls

Today we were out at the beautiful campus of the University of Sioux Falls. The campus’ beauty comes in large part from the abundance of huge trees. They’re beautiful to look at, that is, but they’re very tricky to fly through. Nonetheless, the day was perfect and flying great—the perfect combination for great-looking footage!

Delmont Tornado Aftermath

We participated in a clean up effort in the tornado-ravaged town of Delmont, SD. Only a few days previous on Mother’s Day, a category EF2 tornado completely destroyed half of the already tiny town. In the way only a tornado can do, the havoc was complete. One of the only salvageable items we saw was a photo album cast in the mud. Photographs—they’re the only things that remain to remind us of what once was. It strikes us as a miracle that no one was killed, because, from the looks of it, everyone in the path of this twister should not have survived due to the sheer scale of the destruction wrought there. We will donate all our footage to the town for their historical society.

Great Plains Zoo

We had a grand time filming at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Seeing the beautiful animal sanctuary from above was a real treat. The animals thought it was neat too! Among the more curious animals were the snow monkeys and the bear. In fact, the bear got almost too close for comfort! Let’s just say that we have a skilled pilot who can add flying away from a bear’s claw to his résumé!

 

KWTV Oklahoma City Dismantling

Just got back from Oklahoma City where we shot the take down of a very historic structure. The KTWV Oklahoma City tower was dedicated by Johnny Carson in the 1950’s as the world’s tallest structure—the first to surpass the Empire State Building at the time. Though the weather was cloudy and rainy, the footage ended up looking as great as the tower was once tall.