One of the most common questions we are asked by clients wanting to shoot in London is “how long does it take to get permission?”. The answer is usually two minutes! Flying TV has a great relationship with the Civil Aviation Authority going all the way back to 2003, and as a result we are pre-approved for aerial filming in central London. One call to ‘TC OPS’, the department that controls London’s airspace, and we can go. No forms, no waiting, no Film Office permissions and no fees! It really is that simple. Day or night.
Experience has shown us that there are little tips and nuggets of information that make for a smooth and successful shooting experience over our great capital city. For instance, if we are shooting around the east end, close to City Airport, its worth planning to shoot on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning whilst City Airport is closed. It makes such a difference and reduces our holding time due to other air traffic to virtually nil. That means more time for shots and better value for you.
The majority of the central London area is accessible with one of our Robinson R44 single engine helicopters, saving you budget that would otherwise be needlessly wasted on a twin engine helicopter. Occasionally, for certain locations, a twin may be required – once we know the brief and what you are wanting to achieve, we can advise accordingly.
Whichever helicopter we use, you will still benefit from the same rock solid stability our GSS and Cineflex camera systems offer. All the way from High Definition right up to 8K on the Red Weapon Helium. And with a broad range of lenses available, we will always get the shot.