Worldwide helicopter and drone aerial filming since 2003
15 years of creative aerials experience, from live sport and documentaries to 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.
Experience is everything.
When you work with us at Flying TV, you'll be working with the very best. Our principal DOP has been with us since day one and has more than 6000 hours of aerial shooting experience. 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 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. With more than 4000 hours of experience in this environment, we know just how to get the best out of your budget.
Whilst other aerial filming companies will quote for a twin engine helicopter by default, Flying TV's USP is our two single engine Robinson R44 helicopters. Just as reliable. Just as safe. But less expensive. Which means great cost savings for productions. We operate a twin engine Squirrel where required and also offer the amazing DA42 fixed wing high speed aeroplane. The only UK company to do so.
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 higher end work. All from a company with experience and a proven track record.
Our GSS Cinema Pro is the best in stabilised aerial filming technology, offering greater flexibility over other systems such as Shotover. We shoot on Arri Alexa Mini, Red DSMC2 Helium, Canon C300 MKII and Sony P50 with other cameras also available. Our lenses include the Angenieux Optimo 25-250/44-440, Canon CN-E 14.5-60, CN-E 20x50 and CJ45.