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.
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…