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.
Shoot Aviation are in the Ops Room at White Waltham Aerodrome, just 25 miles west of London, UK
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RT @ron_eisele: 16 February 1912. Frank Coffyn took aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his Wright Flyer M…16th February 2019
...and when the film company said they’d be “shoving a bit of earth about..”. Well that turned out to be the complete truth. #ukfilm #filmproduction #alouettehelicopter #setdec #locationscouting https://t.co/3IWs6oTZPU13th February 2019
Grand day out. Film recce in Berkshire, then collect a JetRanger from Nottingham, deliver to engineers in Gloucester to be dismantled for shipping.. #ukfilm #alouettehelicopter #jetranger #crewlife https://t.co/sL22qAzzbc13th February 2019
VFR on top never feels quite right in a helicopter! Still beats driving below cloud though... https://t.co/rfV24XIW9q12th February 2019
Digital departure boards, check-in desks, Terminal seating for 500, signage, baggage scanners, security and enough trolleys for a complete unit move.. #ukfilm #setdressing #props #airportdressing #setdec #filmproduction https://t.co/lP14NeVVWW7th February 2019
Day 17 of this 17 day independEnt and it’s a wrap! Thanks for coming so far and being such great guests. We’re certainly dreading the heating bill!! #AviationSets worth traveling for, sets worth waiting for! #ukfilm #filmproduction #crewlife #yourfirstsnow https://t.co/cA49aOmGDz6th February 2019
So last week I think I made some claim to having 17 studio ready cockpits? Got me thinking... and adding up... It’s actually 23. All housed in a new 18,000 sq ft shoot space. If you need a cockpit for your #filmproduction then look no further. #ukfilm #Filmmaker #filmmaking https://t.co/KLSFK5jLV04th February 2019
Filming on/in/around Airliners. The most common request we receive is that of a production wishing to film inside an airliner. Be that…