“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

Preparation is the key to a successful drone shoot. You need to get your drone operator involved in the planning stages of your shoot so they can plan accordingly and make suggestions where necessary.

Date / Location / Time of day

We use this information in order to understand:

  • The weather forecast;
  • If the location is in a no fly zone, in controlled airspace or with 3.5NM of a controlled aerodrome.
  • Permits /authorisations required to fly at the location
  • The sun’s location, where shadows will be cast and whether the light will be soft/harsh/ bright/dark;
  • Obstacles in the area, particularly power lines, buildings and undulating terrain;
  • Locations where we can safely operate within line of sight pf the drone and still remain out of shot of the drone camera;
  • Where the telephone communication towers and wifi transmitters are located which may interfere with our equipment; and
  • How busy the filming location will be if it is accessible to the public;

Shot list

Drones can be unpacked and flying in under 30 minutes but you won’t get the most beautiful dynamic aerial shots without careful planning. It is through planning that a drone pilot and gimbal operator can work together in cohesion, producing smooth quality footage.

If you are require assistance with the planning of your shot list we are more than happy to help.

Specific things we like to discuss prior to a shoot include:

Context – What is the shot about? What story are you trying to tell? What is the mood of the shot?

Pace – With a drone we can change the pace (or speed) of the shot through foreground/ background interaction, using different focal lengths, moving the drone at different speeds or heights and panning/tilting the camera gimbal.

Talent – We love filming talent with our drones but often the noise generated by the drones can which can interfere with normal verbal communication so we always take the time to talk through each shot with the talent so the time the drone is in the air is used efficiently and not wasted during shot resets or miscommunication.

Note: “Golden hour” lasts 10-15 minutes at the most so it pays to give us as much information prior to the shoot so we can efficiently make the most of our time in the air.

Does wind and weather impact on your flight operations?

We cannot operate in precipitation, rain or snow. Depending on the type of aerial footage you want, we have different wind limits.  If you are after slow sweeping footage at high altitudes we can normally deal with higher wind strengths (up to 25km/h) but if you want low altitude dynamic shots with longer focal lengths then we require much lighter wind conditions (up to 15km/h). We will regularly advise you of any impact to the shoot by inclement weather. (Also see Service Terms).

What are the normal CASA flight conditions?

•             Maximum altitude 400 feet (over 400 feet is commercial airspace);

•             Separation to the general public and shoot participants is 30 metres; and

•             No night flights.

What exemptions does Aerial Vision Services have?

•             Separation to shoot participants equals 15 metres; and

•             Flying near uncontrolled aerodromes; and

•             Night flights.

What is the standard flight time of your UAV Platforms?

The time ranges from 10 – 20 minutes based on the platform and payload. In most cases, our flight requirements do not exceed these time frames. As mentioned above we have a very powerful and efficient battery recharge system.

What efficiencies does Aerial Vision Services deliver?

We are perfectionists. Our latest initiatives to increase efficiency and client satisfaction include:

  • SEE THE SHOT – We offer three independent HD monitors including an Atamos Assassin monitor which allows you to replay shots while the drone is still airborne.
  • CAMERA CONTROL – Most drone operators have to land to change exposure settings so we developed our own technology which allows us to remotely adjust exposure settings on our Black Magic 4K Production camera, Canon 5DS and in the near future the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s.
  • CHARGE BATTERIES ANYWHERE – We offer a powerful battery charging system which keeps up with the demand of our largest drone batteries.
  • MOBILITY – If you need us to relocate to another location our gear packs up quickly and efficiently into our custom fitted vans. We also carry an assortment of trolleys to move the gear when vehicle access is restricted.
  • COMMUNICATION – We use headset and handheld radios to allow communication between pilot, gimbal operator, client and talent.