Arizona Department of Tourism Matt Trub, Aerial Cinematographer

Aerial Coordination

There is a lot more to aerial filming than just mounting an aerial camera system on a helicopter or quickly flying a drone over your intended target and it starts with aerial coordination.  It is so important when it comes to flying a drone and it starts with discovery. Once we have your project location, we look up what air space it is in. When drones first started to be used for aerial filming, the air space we could fly in was confined to just class G airspace. We would have to file for a waiver to fly in class B or C airspace but the FAA has opened up the skies for drone flights. We can now fly in class B and C with some altitude restrictions based on the proximity of airport runways and the amount of traffic at that airport.  This is why the location of your aerial project matters.  The second part of discovery is, “Are there any other Federal or private entities that will require permission?” before we fly.

The second step to aerial coordination is scouting the location.  Each location must be scouted for obstacles and obstructions. Based on these two steps, we can help you plan your project so that it runs smoothly and safely when we are in the air.

We are FAA certified and will always make sure the air space where you want to capture aerial footage is compliant with the FAA. We are fully insured and will make sure proper permits are in place.

If your aerial video project requires a manned helicopter aerial shot of air to ground or air to air, aerial coordination is once again the backbone to a successful aerial cinema project. It also begins with discovery. We need to know the location of your project. Based on that information, we will locate the appropriate aircraft with an experienced film pilot closest to your location. We will consult with you concerning the correct gyro stabilized camera mount and we will work with you to make sure the camera and lens used in the air matches what you are filming with on the ground. The second step in aerial coordination is a pre-production meeting between pilot, aerial cinematographer and director. These steps are essential and are a necessary element before each shoot.

Assembling the right team is important. We will provide the right aerial support team to make everything run smoothly and safely.

Our skills just don’t stop in the air. We also provide all ground crews, technicians, fuel personnel, fuel trucks and equipment for those remote locations. We handle all freight scheduling to and from your location for the camera system, lens and helicopter mounts as well as all aerial drone equipment.

Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil Matt Trub, Aerial Cinematographer

Amalfi Coast, Italy Matt Trub, Aerial Cinematographer

International Coordination

We do aerial filming all over the world. Aerial coordination is an integral part of every international project. Along with all of the same aerial coordination elements found in aerial projects in the United States, international projects require a few more details. We will provide assistance in navigating through each country’s travel policies, visas and transportation of equipment in and out of the country.

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