Persistent Situational Awareness

Tactical Drone Solutions LLC (“TDS”) is a US-based company providing Hoverfly tethered drones for persistent aerial surveillance and communications, drone filming and aerial newsgathering, goTenna Pro mesh network communications systems, and a UAV Test and Training and Development facility.  

Persistent Situational Awareness

Tactical Drone Solutions LLC (“TDS”) is a US-based company providing Tier-1 drone services and consulting including Hoverfly tethered drones for persistent aerial surveillance, drone filming, a UAV Test and training site, aerial newsgathering and goTenna Pro mesh network communications systems and services.

Hoverfly UAS

Hoverfly tethered UAS platforms

TDS sells, services and supports Hoverfly's Tier-1 tether-powered drones for customers who need persistent aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

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TDS UAS consulting services

TDS provides critical, deliverable consulting services to organizations and agencies that require evaluation, selection and implementation of persistent aerial ISR and news-gathering technologies.

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Services for incident coverage

Not all clients need to purchase or lease their own tethered UAS. For those who don't, TDS provides the systems, payloads and pilots required for those occasional, emergency, one-off or unplanned situations.

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Cost effective aerial solutions

TDS Hoverfly systems and services are designed not just to solve problems or provide greater, actionable intelligence.

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goTenna Pro Comms

TDS serves as Channel Partner to goTenna Pro, the world’s leading mobile mesh networking company and provider of off-grid connectivity solutions for smartphones and other devices. goTenna’s mesh networking protocol, Aspen Grove™ , is embedded into lightweight, low-cost devices and paired with easy-to-use mobile apps enabling mobile, long-range connectivity even without cell, wifi, or satellite.

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Drone photo/video

TDS’s wide array of meaningful and compelling aerial services includes professional drone video and still cinematography services for corporate, private, sporting and other entertainment events. Every flight is executed by one of our very experienced, FAA-certificated drone pilots. All S.I. pilots are FAA Part 107 Certificate holders.

1. Special Events:

We specialize in drone video and still image capture for special events, including private parties, corporate events, cruises, concerts, block parties, sporting events and more. We serve as the exclusive provider of drone services for the USS Midway Museum and their hundreds of event clients every year.

Unlike other drone operators, we don’t “tell” you what shots we should get: we first ask what YOU want us to capture, then follow up with suggestions based on what our experience shows will help “tell your story” in the most effective and meaningful way. All images and video are shot in HD or 4K UHD.

2. Live-Streaming Video via Drone:

We can live-stream your drone video in high resolution to screens at your event, allowing your guests, spectators or partners to see all the action live from the air.

And, we can live-stream the video to social media and a wide array of streaming media platforms, allowing for deployment to audiences world-wide. Using Facebook Live, YouTube Live or our own customized streaming media systems, you can engage your audiences on mobile, tablet or computer just about anywhere.

3. Night Drone Operations:

Skydiving Innovations possesses the required FAA Waiver for night small unmanned aerial system operations, (FAA waiver 107W-2018-13942). This means we can operate our fleet of professional camera drones both day and night, capturing the most stunning images and video.

4. No Per-Video or Per-Image Charges:

We charge based on the hours you want us on-site and documenting your event. We don’t charge per-video or per-photo rates because those lead to poor quality results. Drone service providers who work by this billing model have incentive to “shoot and run” on to the next project. When you contract for us to be on-site for a specific period of time, we are YOURS for that entire time, and everything we shoot is yours to use. Thus, we can capture significantly greater volumes of quality, usable digital content that is the result of professional planning and execution.

5. FAA Authorizations and Coordination:

Whenever flying controlled airspace, an FAA  authorization is required. We apply for and receive this authorization through the FAA’s LAANC system, and provide you with verification of the approval we receive.  We also coordinate our activities with air traffic control towers as required. For night drone camera projects, we apply for and receive the necessary FAA waivers for flights between sunset and sunrise.

5. Insurance:

We provide a minimum $2Million Public Liability/Property Damage insurance, and name all necessary parties as Additional Insured. (Clients, venues and the municipality in which we are operating are always included as Additional Insured.)

New uav testing

training and development site now available

40 acre Aviation Center east of the Lower Otay Reservoir

Nichols Field Airport

Tactical Drone Solutions (“TDS”) has developed a new, full-service UAS testing, development and training center located at Nichols Field airport, a private-use airport east of the Lower Otay Reservoir south of San Diego, CA. The airport is an aviation hub and the site of civilian and military parachute training.

Exclusive to UAV Activities

No parachuting, skydiving, ultralight or other aviation activities take place when the site is contracted for your UAV activities. To more information and to request a tour of the site and services, contact Ron Lee at 619-247-4525, or via email at rlee@tacticaldronesolutions.com.

Who We Are?

Tactical Drone Solutions LLC (“TDS”) is a US-based company providing Tier-1 drone services and consulting, including Hoverfly tethered drones for persistent aerial surveillance, drone filming, a UAV Test and training site, aerial newsgathering and goTenna Pro mesh network communications systems and services.

Our Story

TDS ownership have more than 34 years in aviation business operations for special event, production, film and UAS clients. Areas of expertise include commercial drone film, photo & survey operations, wireless network infrastructure and services, persistent aerial platforms and technologies, FAA waivers and authorizations, aircraft operations, aviation entertainment services, aerial news-gathering operations, video production and editing, and UAS safety, planning, operation and deployment for small to very large scale events.

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