We simply love taking the idea on your page and turning it into reality! From the initial brief we can come up with several options that are correct for period and role and board them up for you to choose from.

– If the aircraft is right but the scheme isn’t then we can deal with that.

– We can work with your First to help plan the shoot day. Some aircraft take a while to start and warm up. Others overheat if you run them on the ground too much. How many starts do you get before the battery goes flat? We know these things.

– We can work with your Locations Dept to help find a suitable airport. We can recce that field and tell you if that chopper can land there or not.

Now this is the serious bit. As the saying goes “sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know”. The legalities of aircraft operation are extremely complex; what aircraft can do what, in what weather, with or without passengers. No amount of enthusiasm from an owner or operator can counter the raw legalities of it.

We need to keep Production safe. We need to keep Production legal.

The main issue we see is when Production want to put talent or crew in an aircraft that isn’t legally allowed to carry paying passengers. In aviation world, aircraft have different types of “MOT” and a pilot isn’t just a pilot, there are many different tiers of qualification. Quite rightly, the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) want to keep passengers safe so anything used commercially must fit the highest standards in aircraft manufacture, lifetime maintenance and crew training. All managed by a company that know the rules and enforce them. That vintage or weird aircraft you’re dreaming of, owned by the enthusiastic flying club member, might not qualify and you risk being seduced into an illegal flight.

There are work arounds, but there are NO shortcuts. We’ve likely been there before and can advise accordingly. Take a look at our flying aircraft page and the aircraft we’ve flown before. You’ll see the odd mannequin floating about here and there, and for good reason. We’ll make sure you’re legal and safe, not least of all because I expect to be signing off the RAMS! I can’t stress how seriously we take this, our current body count is zero and we fully intend to keep it that way.

Feel free to give us a call if you’d like to discuss what you’re planning.

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So many exciting things going on in the hangar currently. Our most pressing project, is not only rather challenging, but rather large and rather supersonic! #working7days https://t.co/C9goPNZLIB

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Great episode of Danny Boyle’s “Trust” this evening. Happy memories of summer days and open cockpit biplanes! https://t.co/TK4rG6QHun

19th September 2018

Had those awfully nice ⁦@RAFBBMF⁩ chaps in for a fish and chip lunch. Always an absolute pleasure. On slot, as briefed, at 13:55, ketchup on at :56, off slot at 14:15. Immediately followed by the Shoot Aviation formation washing up display team. Superb stuff.. https://t.co/gXR1hOE2gF

15th September 2018

Quite the hangar this morning... #wingfriday https://t.co/L3012v6puV

14th September 2018

So, we’ve been thinking of you again. A 5m, 5 row section of modern airliner cabin built into an easy to move trailer. All prelit with a choice of seating. Matches exactly our larger full sets. Great for a cheeky shot on location or bounce it for that violent turbulence scene.. https://t.co/ayPXbLyV7Z

6th September 2018

RT @AnotherEdFoster: You had one job... https://t.co/GMKffgVQLr

6th September 2018

RT @ron_eisele: The last Hurricane built (July 1944, PZ 865) at The Royal Aeronautical Society Garden Party, White Waltham 22 June 1958. ht…

31st August 2018

The door will shortly open on the very best airliner interior set the film industry has ever seen. Stay tuned.. https://t.co/lWVvDlSzch

24th August 2018

RT @EventMagUK: A thrilling new film pays tribute to the Polish pilots who fought ferociously in the Battle of Britain, says @jimw1 https:/…

19th August 2018

Berkshire for Arizona and kind of getting away with it... https://t.co/81l3dA6mrA

13th August 2018

RT @fighterpics: Thunderbirds on Vertical climb with close formation 😍 https://t.co/zaPqiXrDd9

4th August 2018

Filming on/in/around Airliners. The most common request we receive is that of a production wishing to film inside an airliner. Be that…
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It's often the case that a production will wish to change the appearance of an aircraft to be used in…
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