Frequently Asked Questions

Why use a multi-rotor?
This excellent short video by Yonder Blue Films in the U.S.A, winner of a recent competition in the MultiRotor Forum, does a great job of answering this question.

What makes Shooting High unique?
In the not too distant past the only way of taking aerial film was from a helicopter or aeroplane. Full sized aircraft are massively expensive and for most businesses the costs would be prohibitive. We can work with you to capture images and create video footage with a precision and clarity which will astound you and your clients, safely and at an affordable price.

Over the last four years we have built up a lot of knowledge and experience operating multi-rotor camera platforms. We have built our machines ourselves so have an intimate understanding of how they work.

We like nothing better than exceeding our client’s expectation and delivering amazing results which add real value. We have a pragmatic and professional approach and always put safety first.

What about the weather?
We cannot operate effectively in rain or when the wind is above about 15 mph (depending on gust conditions).

Where can you fly?
Almost anywhere. We can fly indoors if there is sufficient room to do this safely. We have to fly a safe distance  from any person or structure which is not under our control, i.e. anyone who is not involved in the project. There are restrictions about flying over congested areas or large numbers of people.

What are the flying limitations?
We have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to operate up to 400 ft high (122 metres) and up to 1/3 of a mile (500 metres) away from the pilot. Our multi-rotors will fly up to 40 mph.

Is this safe?
Safety is our number one priority. We risk assess every assignment and our safety procedures are set out in our Operations Manual which has been approved by EuroUSC on behalf of the CAA. Our multi-rotors have built in fail safe technology which, in the event of a radio control failure, will automatically and autonomously fly the multi-rotor back to the take of point and land. We are fully insured with public liability up to £5 million.

What information will I need to give to you ?
Above all we will need to understand what you want to achieve. Based on this we will be able to make sure we bring the correct equipment and people.  We will also need to know the location of the site and whether permission of the site owner needs to be gained. We will ask you whether there is any public access to the site and whether you are aware of any large or high obstacles.

We ask that you advise any neighbours or others close to the site about what is going to happen prior to the shoot. We will need to discuss the timing of the shoot, if it is not an all-day project then are there any limitations as to when we can operate. Often the light is at its best at the beginning and end of the day, it may be worth planning to take advantage of this.

What happens on a typical day of shooting?
For most assignments we will operate with a pilot and a camera operator. We will travel to the operating site and ask you to accompany us on a quick site inspection. We will reconfirm with you our understanding of what we are hoping to achieve by the end of the day.

All our equipment will be unloaded, assembled and checked. A safe take off and landing area will be identified. Once everything is ready we will conduct an on site briefing which will normally include you. We will normally be ready to start flying and filming about half an hour after arrival at the site.

During each flight there will be a live video link between the camera and the ground station and this enables you and our camera operator to see what is being filmed. You can work with the operator to ensure that the images you need are captured.

Each flight usually lasts about 9-10 minutes. Less if it is windy or if we are carrying a large camera. At the end of each flight we will land and change the batteries. These changes take just a couple of minutes and we have enough batteries to last the whole day as we will recharge on site using a generator.

At the end of the day, or even after each flight, we can download the images and footage from the camera and review these on a laptop which we will bring with us.

What does this cost?
Every job is different of course, but we base our charges on the number of people we need and the amount of time it takes. We charge travel expenses using Inland Revenue based mileage rates. We can normally let you have a quotation after a brief initial telephone conversation with you. Please call on 07958 257 893, email to nick@shootinghigh.co.uk or use the form on our contact us page.

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