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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A break from flying stuff, how about this, an Alfa Typo 33 Racer. Came to visit us for a photoshoot. Quite a thing.. https://t.co/bxPKKcffxu

24th January 2020

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21st January 2020

This one we’ll call studio ready too. It’s off. #ukfilm #bell206 #filmproduction https://t.co/9M3HNF1qrZ

21st January 2020

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21st January 2020

Talking of paint. The 109 has also been in the shop and is getting a new coat of paint as we speak. Going to look pretty mean... #ukfilm #augusta109 https://t.co/RJlyObMR0l

20th January 2020

Jetty has made good progress. New skids, sliding door removed and new instrument panel fitted. Tomorrow it gets a coat of paint then it’s off to the studios.. #ukfilm #jetranger #propbuild https://t.co/DsZdLh7jis

20th January 2020

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17th January 2020

RT @1917FilmUK: Discover how Sam Mendes and the creators of #1917Film planned out one of the many intense moments from the critically accla…

16th January 2020

New helicopter for the workshop. You can’t beat a good old Jetty! #ukfilm #bell206 #jetranger #avgeek https://t.co/HJ6K8dhWiH

10th January 2020

Quite a redress of the hangar for our Challenger jet wreckage. If you’re planning a plane crash of your own then give us a call. No one crashes a plane better than us! #SilentWitness #ukfilm https://t.co/Xf1Ih6J50y

8th January 2020

RT @BBCOne: Even in the devastation of a plane crash, miracles can happen. #SilentWitness | 9pm | @BBCOne & @BBCiPlayer https://t.co/Bz3nc…

8th January 2020

From Christmas Eve with Holly to New Years Day with the Dr and a couple of points in between, so pleased we were part of your festive entertainment! Sets you love, giving you the shots you want! #ukfilm https://t.co/nnX5GUY6lO

2nd January 2020

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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