DVA Nominated Video of Chicago
It is all about the "Art of Endurance" in this amazing drone production. Drone Media Chicago captures the 'Windy City in all its glory from above. The video begins with an aerial shot of the skyline from the Navy Pier area and it proceeds to overhead shots of the financial district, aerials of the bridges over the Chicago River and the tracks of the Loop, bird's eye views of Lake Shore Drive, and skyscrapers galore. This video is nominated in the Cities category for the 2nd annual Drone Video Awards.
Detroit: The Motor City
Detroit, Michigan is on the Detroit River, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Erie of the Great Lakes. It's the second largest city in the Midwest after Chicago. Since the days of Henry Ford, it's been the center of the worldwide automobile industry and so nicknamed "Motown". As employment in the car industry has contracted, the city has seen dramatic changes to its urban landscape. is currently enjoying a sort of renaissance, as you'll see in this awesome drone video from SpaceJam Studios.
Minneapolis: Host of Super Bowl LII
Minneapolis, Minnesota is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the American Midwest. It's also the hometown of AirVuz, which produced this brief history of the city told largely with drone footage. The video tells the story of the city's origins as a flour milling center on the Mississippi River to its growth as a large corporate center to its most recent transformation, which has been driven in large part by the construction of numerous world-class sports venues in and around the downtown area.
Cleveland: The Buckle of the Rust Belt
Cleveland, Ohio is one of the largest cities in the USA's Midwest. It is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. Cleveland was once known as the Buckle of the Rustbelt for its leading role in America's key manufacturing sectors. While it is still a leading industrial center, the city has seen its waterfront transformed in recent years with new stadiums and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this video, contributor Droneloop gives us a brief but epic aerial tour of this storied city.
Milwaukee: Wisconsin's Industrial City
The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin sits on the western shores of Lake Michigan in America's Midwest, roughly 150 km (90 mi) north of the larger city of Chicago. Milwaukee has a proud industrial heritage, and continues to be a key manufacturing center in the United States. Similar to what has occurred in other Great Lakes cities, Milwaukee's downtown and waterfront has been transformed in recent years, as you will see from this awesome drone video from contributor ShareMedia.
Columbus: Capital of the Buckeye State
Check out this drone video of Ohio's capital city Columbus, compliments of contributor perfectperspective. Situated near the center of the Buckeye State, it's Ohio's third largest city after Cleveland and Cincinnati. Its downtown area is home to numerous banks and administrative functions of the state of Ohio, the country's seventh most populous state. In addition, Columbus is home to the main campus of Ohio State University, one of the country's largest and best-known institutions of higher learning.
Dayton: Home of the Wright Brothers
Dayton is the sixth largest city in Ohio and the center of its fourth largest metro area. Situated in the southwest quadrant of the Buckeye State, it's sometimes overshadowed by the state's larger cities such as Cleveland and Cincinnati. It is known for its sophisticated industrial base, which gave rise to the once-behemoth National Cash Register Company. It's most closely associated with aviation; Dayton was the home of the most famous names in aviation, the Wright Brothers.
Louisville: Home of the Kentucky Derby
Louisville, Kentucky sits in the Midwestern USA, just to the west of the Appalachia region. It is situated on the Ohio River, a bit downstream from Cincinnati, Ohio. Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and the third largest city on the Ohio after Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Most famously, it is the home of Churchill Downs, host of the annual Kentucky Derby horse race. In this very professionally done drone video by VizionAir, you'll get a look at the city from an aerial perspective.
Branson, Missouri: Country Music Destination
Branson, Missouri has become practically synonymous with country music. Unlike Nashville, Branson's connection to the art is not through recording but through its live performances. Located in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Branson now hosts dozens of venues where top country music acts perform to audiences that number millions over the course of a year. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of magical Branson, compliments of contributor and drone pilot strange2075.
The Great Minnesota Get-Together
The Minnesota State Fair is held annually in late August through Labor Day weekend in an area of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Fair is known as the Great Minnesota Get Together and is one of the largest such gatherings in the country. In 2017, AirVuz collaborated with the Fair to provide drone coverage for the first time. Using fully licensed operators, AirVuz created a series of videos showing the Fair and different events occuring there, from an aerial perspective.
Mackinac Bridge: Connecting Michigan's UP
Mackinac Bridge connects mainland Michigan to the Upper Peninsula, and sits at the divide between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Built in 1957, the bridge is roughly 8 km (5 mi) long, making it one of the longest bridges in the US. It passes to the west of Mackinac Island, a popular Lake Huron tourist area, which is home to some of the best sailing waters in the country. Northern POV used a drone and some creative editing to make this amazing aerial video of this important span.
Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes
In the far north of the Midwestern state of Minnesota is the Boundary Water Canoe Area (BWCA). The BWCA is a one million acre preserve that is contained within Superior National Forest, close to the US border with Canada. With its pristine and vehicle free environment, the BWCA has attracted an avid base of adventurers eager to enjoy the great outdoors through canoeing and camping. Contributor Sky Candy Studios created this epic drone video of this amazing preserve.
Train Bridge in Southern Indiana
The Tulip Viaduct is a train bridge which spans about 700 meters (2.3k ft) in the Midwestern state of Indiana. Constructed in 1906, it was (for a time) the longest train trestle in the United States. Contributor dru.43pro used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to make an aerial video of this landmark. The magnificent video shows the lush Indiana landscape surrounding the bridge and concludes with a bird's eye view of a train speeding along its steel rails.
Aerial Tribute to Detroit
Reel Aerials created this highly stylized drone video of Detroit, often known as the Motor City. The city is situated on the Detroit River in eastern Michigan. Detroit is credited with giving birth to the modern automobile, and is still considered the worldwide center of the industry. From roughly 1920 to 1940, it was the third largest city in the country after New York and Chicago. While declining auto industry employment has caused a dramatic loss of population, it's currently experiencing a renaissance.
Chicago's Record Breaking Cold
The Windy City, aka Chicago, Illinois, is known for its cold temperatures and frigid windchills. Sitting off Lake Michigan, the "lake effect" snow and wind is no joke in the winter! Aerial Visual Chicago makes a little fun of their home city by combining Chicago with the infamously cold region of Siberia in the title, dubbing it Chi-beria. This piece was shot in -22F temperatures. Yes, it looks cold, but the smoke stacks, rising sun, and frozen water also leaves the city looking magical.
Bridging the Ohio River
The Ohio River is one of the USA's most important waterways. It arises from the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, draining a large portion of the Appalachians and flowing almost 1.6k km (just under 1k mi.) to join the Mississippi in Cairo, Illinois. While it's not as long as the Missouri River, it is the largest Mississippi tributary by discharge. VizionAir used a drone to aerially film a new bridge over the great river near Louisville, Kentucky.
Solheim Cup: Des Moines Country Club
The Solheim Cup is a biennial international tournament put on by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). It's the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup. In 2017, the event was held at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Des Moines, Iowa. While the club dates to 1899, the current course was completed in 1970. AirVuz was hired by the Solheim Cup organizers to create drone video footage of this world class golf course, which you'll see in this video from a bird's eye perspective.
DVA Nominated Video of the Windy City
AirVuz contributor Gianlo uses his DJI Mavic Pro drone to give us an unforgettable (and DVA nominated) 60 second aerial tour of the skyline of Chicago, the city which can lay credible claim for having invented the skyscraper. The video provides epic views of the Windy City's magnificent skyline, still dominated by the 108 story Willis Tower. Standing over 440 meters (just over 1.4k ft.) tall, this behemoth was born as Sears Tower in 1974 and enjoyed a 25 year reign as the world's tallest skyscraper.
Flying over St. Louis
On this episode of Droning America host Angie Avestruz and the team head to St. Louis, Missouri to meet up with journalist Kim Hudson of FOX 2 News. They take an aerial tour of this Midwestern city at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Angie and Kim use drones to provide some bird's eye views of the city's most notable sights, including its zoo, the Gateway Arch, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and Busch Stadium, home of fabled St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Indianapolis is the largest city in the Midwestern state of Indiana. Among its claims to fame, it is the home of the Indianapolis Speedway, the site of the annual Indy 500 car race, the most well known motor racing event in the USA. In this episode, Droning America host Angie Avestruz take us to this dynamic city, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly two million. Accompanied by a licensed drone operator, she shows us the sights of Indy from an aerial perspective.
St. Paul: Minneapolis' Twin City
St. Paul, Minnesota lies east of Minneapolis, just a few km/mi downstream on the Mississippi River. Older than Minneapolis, St. Paul was surpassed in population by the newer city late in the 19th century. In this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz meets up with AirVūz contributor Mike Welsh from Sky Candy Studios. Using a DJI Inspire drone, they explore Grand Avenue, Lowertown, Rice Park, Xcel Energy Center, and other spots in this Midwestern river city.
Madison: Wisconsin's Capital City
In this episode of Droning America, hostess Angie Avestruz travels to Madison, Wisconsin, aka the Perfect Midwestern College Town. It's the home of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the flagship of the UW system and an athletic powerhouse. It's also one of the country's most beautiful campuses, set between two lakes in the middle of Wisconsin. In this segment, you'll see this stunning campus, as well as the adjoining state capitol area, from a bird's eye perspective.
Minneapolis: Home of AirVuz
On this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz teams up with local sportscaster Eric Perkins in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together they give us aerial views and commentary on some of the most well known sites in this city on the Mississippi River, which is also the hometown of AirVuz. The show includes shots of sports venues Target Field, Target Center, and US Bank Stadium (home of Super Bowl LII); the Stone Arch Bridge; the Guthrie Theater; the Uptown area; and more.
South Bend, Indiana: Home of the Irish
On this episode of Droning America host Angie Avestruz and the team travel to one of the ultimate USA college towns: South Bend, Indiana, aka the home of Notre Dame University. Angie tours the town with former UND quarterback, Evan Sharpley. Highlights include a stroll around the UND quad where they check out the Main Building (aka the Golden Dome!), the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Touchdown Jesus at the UND stadium.