The Operational Environment
As the growth of London has continued, logical to think that the number of helicopter flights would have increased. They have in reality decreased by 30% over the last decade, not least due to increased regulation.
Certain areas are more restricted than others, such as Hyde Park, The City and Isle of Dogs, requiring enhanced clearance. Neither are drones any longer a simple option across London, becoming as tightly regulated as manned aircraft.
Security needs, avoiding air traffic conflict and safety for people on the ground are rightly the priorities. Flying in a large urban area require an understanding of the environment and of the operational limitations which are suitable for London.
A Professional Solution
The CAA have adopted an approach for drones which reflects the position for helicopters. Operators who meet higher thresholds of safety and expertise benefit from lessened operational limits, with their permission renewed annually, rather than flight by flight.
Flying TV are pre qualified to shoot in London and only need to notify Air Traffic Control 20 minutes before we need access. A trusted London aerial filming company, with proven knowledge and flight planning.
Whilst regulatory needs are an essential factor, the real objective of our detailed planning is to make your job seem simple. To remove operational concerns and focus on the reason you are in the air, capturing footage to excite and stay in viewers memories for ever.
Filming In London
We do incidentally have a fine library of London shots, which are available to clients. Not that London will ever be exhausted of fresh opportunity, with aerial footage of a world renowned city and events able to add infinite perspective.
Our pilots have experience of flying in a city environment and know how to create the chance to capture compelling footage. They will also have worked on a variety of projects, from sports events, to film promos, to an entire program.
The busy airspace, high rise buildings and density of London need not be a barrier to good filming. With the right flying techniques, they can create the atmosphere you are seeking, become the spirit of your images.
Flying TV In London
Our location inside the M25 at Denham Aerodrome is a plus, literally minutes from London. Specialist knowledge of the city, the buildings, the air environment and flying requirements also help, although one factor stands above them.
Flying TV are a company born of the film industry, rather than a helicopter company offering aerial filming in London. Our fondness for a great city and of flying are matched by a love of creative imagery.
If you came direct to this page, by all means see our introduction to Flying TV’s facilities and to aerial filming. You are equally welcome to get in touch with us at any time and discuss the support we can offer your London filming project.