Safety is everything when working with aircraft. We’ve created an Aviation Communications and Safety Kit which is essential. The kit includes a Dittel Radio which is about the very best in portable ground to air communications (they use them on oil rigs to talk the helicopters in). When we plug in a high quality aviation headset we have clear ground to air communication over a long range with a long battery life.

In addition we have two more radios which we team up with light weight discreet headsets for use by the production. With one ear for set radio and one for ground to air it allows the Director / 1st / camera to be in the loop with what the aircraft is doing. Worn discreetly it also allows talent or stunt team to listen in where appropriate. Forget about a set radio working in an aircraft, we know people think it will, but honestly it’s useless.

Perhaps most importantly, as far as your risk assessment goes, we have a “Fast Find ELT” Emergency Locator Transmitter. Pull the red lever and it transmits its exact location (accurate 5m worldwide) to the emergency services. It allows an air ambulance / police helicopter / air sea rescue to home in. An expensive and absolutely invaluable bit of kit to never use. Finally we have a portable aviation GPS which allows us on recces to see if your choice of location sits within any controlled air space that we’ll have to get special permission against. Later it will give us an exact location to relay to a hero aircraft to find us if operating/shooting at an off airfield location.

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6 hours flying. Bit of a fog related weather diversion. Bit of thunderstorm dodging plus a small technical issue but the end of the magenta line is in sight.. https://t.co/tNLqjQ4Mxi

about 12 hours ago

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about 13 hours ago

My 10,000ft tall office for the next 5 hours... https://t.co/qg1aIjYuBk

about 19 hours ago

We’ve been shooting this beauty two days this week. If you need a B17 cockpit for filming then give us a call.. https://shootaviation.com/sets-and-mockups/cockpit-mockups/b17-flying-fortress-ww2-bomber-cockpit/ https://t.co/OYVZYN5LvT

12th October 2018

What was all the rage a few decades ago looks pretty dated today.. #FlashbackFriday https://t.co/4tOXEFIkVS

12th October 2018

These low cost carriers and their crazy ideas... https://t.co/OoawJCo0Z2

8th October 2018

Something big is going down... then up again, then down again. https://t.co/1xFt0pBxOE

6th October 2018

If you need to shoot a Private Jet then look no further! A stunning mobile exterior and a choice of 4 interior studio sets. All fantastic quality, lit and mobile! #privatejet #ukfilming https://t.co/gXkNXpA0qi

4th October 2018

Been a busy day at our Waltham base with 3 crews shooting 4 aircraft. G-BUCH is an absolute beauty... https://t.co/jfFEj03WrA

1st October 2018

So it’s the 1st October and summer has officially gone. Hopefully a few more of these crystal clear, blue sky, autumn days to come.. #bestflyingdays https://t.co/Pqf6R5tKee

1st October 2018

One of our long haul airliner sets on the excellent BBC #TheCry. Studio based, ground level for an easy exterior light, camera tested interior lighting, floating wall and ceiling sections and a completely shootable toilet cubicle. Making the difficult easy! https://t.co/11RfINCMRV

30th September 2018

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

22nd September 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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Published 03.01.2012 by simon

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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Published 17.09.2011 by simon