Why Choose FlyingTV
15 years of creative aerials experience, from Live Sports to high end Drama and Features Cinematography:
Flying TV was founded in 2003 by broadcaster Mike Smith, an established radio & TV presenter and keen helicopter pilot. Mike's main goal at the outset was to make the process of aerial filming simpler and more affordable, using the latest camera technology and stabilised mounts married to modern and reliable single engine helicopters. A goal with one aim - to make aerial filming safer, more efficient and less expensive. An ethos that continues to drive us today with continual investment in the latest technology.
Whilst we are immensely proud of our 'toys', we appreciate that experience is everything. When you work with us at Flying TV, you're getting the very best talent available. Our aerial DOP, Monica, has been with us since day one and has more than 6000 hours of aerial shooting experience - everything from Top Gear to dramas like Silent Witness and Strike. Her expertise is what makes the difference between a good shoot and a great shoot. Our filming pilots are all hand picked for their skill and ability to work as a part of a creative team.
London is the most exciting place for shooting aerials and whilst drones remain extremely restricted here, helicopters enjoy enormous freedom. It's a constantly changing 'film set' with new buildings and structures appearing every year. It's also the most intense location with so many shot opportunities. This also makes it the most fun! The majority of London is accessible with a single engine helicopter and with more than 4000 hours of experience in this environment, we know just how to get the best out of your budget.
4 Aircraft 2 Drones 8K Cameras
Whilst other aerial filming companies offer a twin engine helicopter by default, Flying TV are unique in that we own and operate two single engine Robinson R44 helicopters, purpose built for aerial filming. Just as reliable. Just as safe. Less expensive. On the rare occasions we need to use a twin we do, but why use an expensive twin if you don't need to? We also offer the amazing DA42 fixed wing high speed aeroplane.
Whilst helicopters remain the most suitable aircraft for most tasks, drones have the ability to pull the viewer in with intimate, close range/wide angle shots. We offer compact 4K drones that can even travel with us in the helicopter for dual platform projects - and larger Freefly Alta 8 drones for high end cinema work. All from a company with experience.
Our GSS C516 is the best in stabilised aerial filming technology, offering greater flexibility over other systems such as Shotover. We shoot on Arri Alexa Mini, Red Weapon Helium and Canon C300 MKII with other cameras also available. Our lenses include the Angenieux Optimo 25-250/44-440, Canon CN-E 14.5-60 & CN-E 20x50.