Aerial Filming, Surveying and Drone Photography Specialists

CAA Approved
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We are Skyfly Video

We are an Aerial Cinematography Agency specialising in Aerial Filming, Surveying & Photography. Using the latest technology we fly drones – or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – with state-of-the-art camera stabilisation in order to capture super-smooth cinematic footage.

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Aerial Filming

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.

Aerial Photography

Our system allows us to carry a DSLR Canon 5D Mark 3 or a Sony Nex-7. 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

Using our latest UAS (Unamanned Aerial System) we can also offer a full roof survey and inspection service, saving you time and money. UAS are an ideal tool for surveying buildings that often have high and inaccessible locations. Our remote controlled UAS provides safer and a more cost effective alternative to the conventional methods generally used for surveying.

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The Kit

Skyfly Video have third party property damage and third party bodily injury liability insurance for £5,000,000 with Lloyd’s of London.

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.

Gyro Stabilised Camera Gimbal

Our platform is equipped with state-of-the-art gyro camera stabilisation. The camera operator can independently control the camera giving us complete control over the pan and tilt. The stabilisation keeps the camera level and smooth at all times, regardless of the angle we are flying the UAV. With this technology we can capture super-smooth cinematic shots.

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.

GPS Waypoint Technology

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.

Lipo Technology

Our system uses the latest lipo battery technology giving great power and superb flight times. We can fly for around 10-12 minutes whilst carrying a Canon 5D Mark 3 or a Sony Nex-7. These batteries are not only very powerful but extremely reliable.

Communication

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.

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FAQ

At Skyfly Video we are not only experts when it comes to aerial filming but we can also offer a full video production service. From concept to creation - our team of Camera Operators, Directors and Editors all work together to produce creative digital content. To help answer any questions you may have, please read our frequently asked questions below where you may find the answer you are looking for. If not, drop us an email or a call and we will be happy to help.

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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 adhered 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. 50kmph. 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.

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Our Portfolio

We're based in Kent, just outside of London, however we offer a service UK Nationwide

Aerial Filming with UAS is now becoming a cost-effective alternative to traditional aerial methods of filming. We can undertake aerial filming now lower than a traditional helicopter and fly closer to the action. Many of our clients require video and stills as part of one service. We are able to alternate from Aerial Filming to Photography stills whilst remaining in the air, unlike some companies we do not have to land our aircraft to switch between modes.