Breaking News: Flying By Troy joins ZFX Inc.!

ZFX has been a friendly competitor (and sometimes collaborator) with the good folks at Flying By Troy for years. Headquartered just a couple of hours apart from one another, we got to know each other even better during the pandemic shutdown, sharing tips and strategies (and maybe a few beers) for making it through. Over recent months, it’s become clear that a broader alignment would be beneficial in a multitude of ways, and we are very pleased to be able to now announce this formal teaming up. ZFX is acquiring Flying by Troy, and Troy Trinkle will be joining the ZFX team. For the many of you who have come to know and appreciate Troy’s work as an exceptional Flying Director, you will be happy to know he’ll continue on in that capacity at ZFX. We look forward to adding his many years of flying direction to our own pool of experience and talent, and together continuing to provide the very best in artistry and service in performer flying effects!! Flying By Troy will fulfill a few already-contracted projects through July of 2022, and then as of August 1, Troy will officially be on board full time at ZFX! Any questions should be directed to ZFX at [email protected].

Welcome to Flying by Troy!

We are Flying by Troy! we provide safe performer flying effects for theater companies and aerialists in a wide range of venues. But we do more than just help actors defy gravity in beloved shows like Mary Poppins, Aladdin, and Peter Pan. We also offer hard-to-find set rentals and prop rentals to help complete your production.

If you’ve got someone to fly, call us at Flying By Troy: (317) 509-3220.

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At Flying By Troy, we’ve helped hundreds of thespians and aerial artists take flight. You could be one of them.

Welcome to Flying by Troy!

Our Reputation is Our Brand


We are always examining our processes, procedures, and equipment. Safety is the cultivated culture at Flying By Troy. We begin and end each production with safety.


We are founded and run by ETCP certified technicians who have years of experience as riggers, designers, educators and even performers. We bring our diverse experience to every production.


We design our systems exclusively with domestically produced components that are well-suited for the extreme demands of dynamic flying systems.


We will work with you to find the most affordable path to the safe creation of your desired effect and pass the savings on to you.


We work with a wide range of flyers- from professional aerial artists to elementary aged thespians. If you have a vision, we will work with you to translate that vision into flight.

Have any questions? Call us now!  (317) 509-3220

Flying Effects and More

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Flying Prop Rentals

We have specialty props that are made for the specific purpose of flight. Does your Cinderella need a pumpkin carriage? Does your Aladdin need a flying carpet? We have them all set & ready to take flight.
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Set Rentals

We have all the hard to find specialty props for both aerial work and regular show needs. We even have complete set rentals for many popular shows like Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Beauty and the Beast.
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Meet Your Flight Crew

Flight Captain

Troy Trinkle

Troy has dedicated himself to theatrical pursuits since graduating Indiana University. He began in theater as a performer but was always sought for his abilities as a technician. As a flying director and ETCP Certified Rigger – Theatre, Troy realizes the balance between working as a technician and artist where the disciplines of physics and art come together in performer flying. He was the resident scenic designer for the Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum from 2015-2018, and held the title of Technical Director at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater from 2005-2015. He has traveled extensively as a flying director for Vertigo.

Troy has been producing flying effects for many Midwestern High Schools and Theaters for over a decade. He is a member of NAAFED, North American Association of Flying Effects Directors, and the Educational Theatre Association, EdTA.

He formed Troy Trinkle, LLC in 2013, and “Flying by Troy” is the moniker he uses for the producing performer flying effects. Flying by Troy promotes safer flying by educating producing groups of the technical and logistical challenges that performer flying adds to a production, committing to continued, thorough training of their flying directors, and adhering to industry standards for performer flying.

Performance Rigger

Bill Auld

William Ian Auld is an ETCP Certified Rigger for Theater and Arena Rigging and is one of the few dozen people in the world who is an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He has been involved with theater his whole life, and for over two decades, on four continents, and across dozens of countries, he has traveled the world flying people on wires.

He earned his MFA in Theater from Northern Illinois University, and holds a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in the United Kingdom. He currently is a professor at Kent State University and has had gigs as the Technical Director for the Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago as well as the Venue Technician at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

Prior to all this theater work, however, he spent several happy years of his life jumping out of perfectly good airplanes with the United States Army Airborne Corps.

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