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Our UAS aerial platforms are incredibly stable, built with the latest GPS technology and equipped with gyro stabilised camera gimbals so we are able to capture smooth cinematic shots. Our setup allows our clients to see exactly what is being filmed in real time so you can be sure we have captured everything you require and more, even before we have landed the aircraft.
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Our system allows us to carry any camera, though our preferred camera is the Canon 5D Mark III. We can capture stunning high resolution photography with a live time view of what is being captured. We can supply RAW or JPEG high resolution images (4608 x 3546 resolution), ideal for print based media. Unlike many other companies, we can switch between HD video recording and photography without having to land the drone.
Aerial Surveying & Inspection
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We offer full aerial inspections in all industries. Why use scaffolding which is time consuming and expensive? Roof inspections, gutter inspections, industrial building inspection, wind turbines, oil pipeline inspections Gas pipeline inspections Solar installation inspections.
Aerial Thermal Imaging
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Our lightweight yet powerful camera has a number of applications including inspections of buildings, pipes, factories, industrial equipment, electrical infrastructure, solar panels, wind turbines, agriculture, forestry mapping, mines and quarries. Also great for educational programmes at universities. We can analyse thermal data to create in depth reports and recommendations.
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We can perform vegetation inspections with NDVI (Near Difference Vegetation Index. Applied to our software, measuring near infra-red light waves we can assess the amount of chlorophyll content and water damage contained within crops and plantation, providing data displaying damage and disease spread. Within any selected plot of land.
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We provide aerial data collection, advanced processing using our professional software packages to generate flexible, bespoke 2D and 3D deliverables. We are able to integrate aerial mapping data with geographic, geophysical and geotechnical information into a single 3D ground model, providing you with a detailed, complete dataset, that’s more than just a pretty picture.
Skyjib 8 Titanium
Our most sophisticated UAS is our Skyjib 8 multi-rotor. The platform is constructed from carbon fibre making it incredibly strong whilst remaining light enough to stay nimble in the air.
We Fly Gremsy
Our Skyjib Octocopter system is equipped with our Gremsy H16 Gimbal, meaning we can fly nearly any camera. From Canon 5D Mark III and Sony A7 camera’s to the ARRI Alexa Mini, RED Epic, Sony F55 and more on request.
Live Video Feed & POV
The pilot has a point-of-view display showing us exactly where the aircraft is at all times, allowing us to fly with great accuracy. Our clients can also see a live video feed streamed directly from the UAV so you can see exactly what is being captured.
Our Inspire drone is our sub 7kg aircraft. This allows us to operate inside London and other congested area.The drone is equipped with DJI’s latest equipment and software and fly’s a 4K camera.
GPS Waypoint Technology
Our Waypoint GPS Navigation allows our aircraft to fly on its own with it’s flying destination or points pre-planned and configured into the drone remote control navigational software. This instructs the drone where to fly; at what height; the speed to fly at and it can also be configured to hover at each waypoint. It is a route and destination planner for your drone.
On every job our flight crew and clients are equipped with radio communication to ensure every flight runs smoothly, everyone involved is safe, aware of the process, able to listen our for any other air users sharing the same airspace and to allow the pilot & camera operator to work together to achieve the best results possible.
Are you both fully insured and fully licensed?
Yes we are. We have set permissions and guidelines set out by the CAA that we must adhere to. Skyfly Video are fully insured and we have £5 million public liability cover. All of our pilots and camera operators are BNUC-S qualified.
Do you hire your equipment out to 3rd parties?
We are afraid not. This is because each pilot needs to be certified and licensed by the CAA, with each Aerial System registered to and used by a specific designated pilot. Any job which is required, is flown by us and not outsourced.
How much do you charge for a project?
We price each job on an individual basis as no two jobs are the same. For example flying over an oilrig brings some extra considerations than flying down a beach or farm. Please contact us for a quote and we will be happy to advise.
What sort of weather are you able to fly in?
Unfortunately we cannot fly in rain, however it is rare anyone wants to film in a downpour! Winds over 25 Knts can cause an issue, especially if we are flying close to obstructions such as trees or buildings. That said our camera gimbals are state of the art the stabilisation can cope with moderate winds and can achieve silky smooth footage. Please get into contact with us with regards to our terms & conditions for weather and potential cancellations.
How many people are needed to operate the UAV?
Skyfly Video operates always with a two man crew; a qualified BNUC-S pilot to fly the UAV and a camera operator to man the camera. Also quite regularly we will have a third member known as the ‘observer’ whose role is to help with setting up the equipment, managing crowd control & observing for any other air users sharing the same airspace as us. Our UAV attracts quite a lot of attention so the observer’s role is vital to preventing any distractions whilst flying.
What is the height, range and speed of your UAV?
Our permission for aerial work provided by the CAA states that a UAV is only permitted to fly up to 400ft (120m). If you require to fly higher we are able to apply for extended permission. This just requires notice. However at 400ft up you can see quite a lot! Regarding range, we are permitted to fly 500m away from us giving a 1KM radius and can fly up to approx. 50mph. Please note during fly we must keep visual line of the site between the ground crew and the UAV at all times.
How long does it take to set up?
We always allow for at least 30 minutes from arriving at the location to setup and be ready to fly the aircraft. Each flight takes a lot of planning and preparation, with 90% of the work done prior to actually filming. Each job we will require us to conduct a pre-site survey.We feel it is not wise for anyone to arrive and film without any previous planning!
Can you fly indoors?
Yes we can, however we do require quite a bit of space. Operating indoors we are not subject to any rules or regulations but we will need to recce the site to determine factors that may affect insurance Our UAV is quite a piece of kit and gives off quite a lot of downdraft, so flying too close to objects can cause issues that need to be considered.
How long can you fly for?
Our UAV can fly for approx. 10-12 minutes depending on the type of flight and the speed required to fly. With careful planning you can achieve quite a few shots in this time. Each flight requires 2 x batteries and we currently have 12 batteries. With access to power, we are able to charge 6 in 50 minutes so with rotation we can film all day if required.