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Flying Camera Technology

Our helicopters are purpose designed to take aerial photographs and video efficiently. This means that they are required to have a stable hover and smooth flight. How do we get such great shots? Generally, we prefer to view the location prior to filming, in order to assess suitability, safety, take off and landing locations, and environmental considerations. Our helicopters can take off and land in relatively small sites, are quick to set-up, and photographs can often be processed within a few hours, making the whole process extremely versatile and cost-effective. When undertaking stills photography, we use 12mp digital cameras with radio- controlled shutters. Looking through the camera viewfinder is a colour video camera, which is connected to a microwave video downlink.

The Technical Bit
The heart of the helicopter is its 23cc petrol engine, which sits within custom designed carbon frames. Four servos operate the rotor head, which allows single servo redundancy, thus ensuring safe flight. The drive to the tail rotor system is another area where safety is paramount and therefore a stainless steel tube drive system is employed to ensure a strong, durable and reliable drive.

The camera mount on the front of the helicopter employs our unique, state of the art vibration damping system,
which isolates vibration. This is crucial to maintain the optimum image quality. The mount is operated remotely
from the ground by a dedicated camera operator, and can be moved in three axis.