The choice of filming helicopter, or ‘camera ship’ is crucial. Our team have many years experience and pride themselves in making the process as simple as possible.
Whilst we own a wide range of approved mounts, our first choice will always be the 'Squirrel' family of aircraft. Widely available around the world, we have a long list of trusted global partners which enable us to source the best camera ship as close to your location as possible.
Also called the ‘A-Star’, it is the first choice for most types of aerial camera work and is readily available worldwide. As a camera aircraft it has smooth aerodynamic characteristics and it is also capable of carrying the larger and heavier Gyro Stabilised systems such as the Eclipse. The B2 & B3 models are ideal for shots that require large amounts of power such as a pull-away from a subject. They are also capable of working at high altitudes and in high temperatures.
Also called the ‘Twin Star’ is the first choice for the jobs that require a twin-engine helicopter, such as shots over built up areas, gatherings of people, over water and/or at night. With the same fuselage as the Single, the Twin shares the same versatility and capabilities of its single engine sister and is also readily available in the UK and overseas.
With approvals for our smaller Cineflex V14 and Elite systems, the R44 can be a more economical alternative to the above turbine engine aircraft.
Bell 206, Bell 412. These may be suitable for some aerial filming under certain circumstances and conditions.
We can provide all manner of action aircraft, from Super Puma to Huey helicopters, we also provide both modern and vintage fixed wing aeroplanes. Apart from Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing aircraft, we can also source Hot-Air and Gas Balloons.
Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll scour our vast network of contacts to source it for you.
A sometimes-indispensable addition to your shoot, the load lifting helicopter can shuttle heavy filming equipment and supplies straight to the heart of remote and inaccessible locations. With experience in highlands, islands and everything in between, we can supply both the necessary aircraft and also crew for the cargo handling and safety coordination of such an operation.
A very useful exercise in advance of a shoot, whether aerial or otherwise. It’s a cost-effective way of getting to a location quickly and scouting a wide area. Especially when involving the senior Creatives whose time is at a premium and can often be picked up from the studio. Of course, an aerial recce flown by the filming pilot, with the Director and aerial DoP on board is of enormous benefit in advance of an aerial shoot and can save valuable time, and therefore costs, on the day.