One fo the wonderful things about the Internet Economy is getting and working with clients from other countries.
Out relationship with Valkyrie Combat has blossomed into a couple more fantastic relationships.
First off, we spent four intense and amazing days with Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts at their P.A.R.C. facility. Three 270 degree, 100 foot bays and one massive flat range, with a mountain backdrop and elevated targets made for some fantastic film opportunities. The mountain is riddled with goat trail straight out the middle east and hand dug cave mines that date back to the early 1800’s. Getting images of PFC Instructors running Valkyrie Combat modified Glocks was both challenging (these classes are hi-tempo and intense) and infinitely rewarding as we were immersed in the culture that both Valkyrie Combat and Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts embrace.
PFC is not just its facility however. The Instructor Cadre are out of this world dedicated to the mission. That mission is increasing survivability of each student they interact with. They do this by constant, relentless examination of process and action. Progressive in the name isn’t just an afterthought. The only things that stays the same is the constant review and vetting of doctrine against new ideas, techniques and tactics. If it works better, and can be proven so, then the training changes.
I have shot on many ranges with many training companies and this one is fundamentally different. Many companies use the words “real world” in their training. PFC is the first company where I have seen that, in every course, on every day, in action as more than a marketing line.
They are not a firearms training company. The closest I can come to a proper description is a Gunfighter Survival School. They are truly a life saving, not a life taking company.
Returning to the networking storyline, we had the pleasure of getting connect (over a few beers) with Jason Daub, Head of Production from AviSight. AviSight is a pioneering (see what I did there guys LOL) UAV and manned aerial company that works across verticals and retrofits UAV to fit the needs of their customers. They don’t wait for it to get invented, they design the solution, get the parts (often off the shelf), write the code and get the solution built.
Jason has a film background, and his pilot for the day, Richard Meeker, is a friend of Valkyrie Combat and made the intro and arrangements to get them on site to shoot with us. They were kind enough to come out and film with two fine pieces of aircraft (a DLI Inspire Pro and a Phantom 4 Pro) and get some fantastic footage. They also brought a FLIR chipped DJI 13mm thermal camera and captured some AMAZING footage with it as well. Stay tuned for that series of films.
The last two weeks have been simply amazing, and we are looking forward to working with Jason, Richard and PFC again in the future.
Bottom line? Working with people who are passionate, and approach their passion with a heads up, focussed attitude is an honor and a privilege. It makes us want to do better, up our game, and drive forward.
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