Quite simply our performance and quality of delivery is what makes us different. The output of our aerial filming requires no post production and can be handed over to the client on the day. With both pilot and camera operator being professionals already in their respective fields, the product of the two ensures that we deliver the most reliable and professional service that won’t let you down. Our clients are testimony to our service and nearly everyone comments on our professionalism and ease to deal with.
Generally we can fly in any weather except when there’s precipitation, strong winds or reduced visibility. When filming, if rain finds it way onto the camera lens then the footage is generally compromised. If winds are greater than 15.6Knots (18mph) then these prevent us from flying from a safety point of view. Finally if visibility is seriously reduced (fog) then this can also prevent us but is extremely rare. All this said, we are constantly working on increasing the operational conditions with new technology and equipment.
Although smaller than traditional aircraft used for aerial work, our Helicams still have to adhere to various articles within the Air Navigation Order (ANO) in order to be flown legally. Therefore we will discuss with you your intended location and be able to tell you whether or not it is possible to fly there. In general there are very few areas we cannot fly, although some require special permission which we can manage and obtain those for you. The beauty of our smaller aircraft is that they present a far lower risk and can be flown in areas that are otherwise impossible with conventional aircraft
Having already discussed the job, location and completed a pre-site assessment form beforehand, we’ll give you a go/no-go decision based on the weather forecast 24hrs before and arrive onsite at the required time.
We’ll setup the aircraft, camera and discuss the days requirements, perform a risk assessment and conduct a safety brief to ensure that everyone is clear on their roles and responsibilities.
We have enough batteries to fly for as long as required and are completely self reliant with our own generators so that there is no dependancy for any mains power or other supplies. Operationally we can fly for approximately 10 minutes endurance whilst maintaining safety margins for deviations in the flight plan.
At the end of the day we’ll provide you all the footage from the day on whatever media is required.
We have a variety of gimbals which holds the camera, and your camera requirements will dictate which one is used. As experts in this field, we’ll discuss your filming/camera requirements and provide the necessary gimbal and camera. If your camera choice is not one which we supply then we are happy to discuss flying a camera of your choice.
The flight plan and camera operation are a combination of skill that has combined and evolved over considerable hours of flying between the pilot and camera operator. We listen to exactly what it is that you require and discuss how best to achieve it for any given situation. We’ve flown in all manner of locations and providing it is safe and legal we are happy to do it. The unique ability to fly continuous shoots from close-up to far away and vice-versa, over and through buildings etc is what our Helicams are ideally suited to.
Yes. Unfortunately there are a number of individuals and organisations operating in the UK that are not legal. We have all the necessary qualifications, insurance and mandatory permission to conduct aerial work within the UK from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We will provide copies of these to you as part of our engagement.