Our Services

The Aerial Film Company offers an all-encompassing range of aircraft services to the film and television industry. Our aerial filming services form the heart of our operations, benefitting from our large fleet of aircraft and highly versatile line-up of gyro-stabilised aerial camera systems.

On-Screen Helicopters

Alongside our own aircraft being utilised for use as picture aircraft, we can source a wide range of helicopters from around the world, both civilian and military types. Helicopters can be wrapped in bespoke vinyl, painted temporarily or have props added to suit production requirements. Our AS355’s have in the past been outfitted with missile pods, machine guns, Special Operations Platforms and much more. Get in touch with us to discuss your individual requirements.


Suitable Helicopters: AS350, AS355, AW109SP, H155, B429 + More (enquire)

Special Configurations: Rockets, Guns, Special Ops Platform, Custom paint

Cruise Speed: Up to 150KTS

Range: 290NM

Vintage / Specialty Aircraft

Our team has years of experience sourcing airworthy and prop production aircraft for TV and film productions across the world. We are able to source both civilian and military helicopters and fixed wing aircraft spanning the last 100 years of aviation. Frequently we are tasked to match a buck for stage and gimbal work with an airworthy example. This is all swiftly achieved within our team. Once the aircraft are identified and sourced we have the expertise in-house to prep all aircraft. Working closely with the Director and Art Department, we can help shape the overall look and ensure that its implemented quickly and cost effectively using temporary paint or vinyls.


Aircraft Type: Various

Special Configurations: Modifications, temporary paint & vinyl

Additional services: Prep of aircraft in-house, Matching Buck for stage work

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How do I book your services?

Contact Us either through email or via telephone and one of our team will get back to you right away. Our Ops team is always on hand to guide you through the process of booking any of our services needed for your production.

What cameras can you fly?

We can fly all commonly available cameras currently in use across the industry. Be it the latest digital cinema cameras, film cameras or even IMAX, our systems can accommodate payloads of all different shapes and sizes. Head over to our services page for a breakdown of common payloads we fly.

Where are you based?

Our main helicopter base is in Knutsford, Cheshire in the north of the UK. We have helicopters positioned all across the UK which allows us to match the right machine to the job. International operations are achieved by either ferrying our helicopters across by air, in our Helicopter Transporter or by using one of our trusted helicopter partners abroad.

Can you operate abroad?

We certainly can and we love it, too. We have a lot of experience operating in countries all over the world. Recent productions took us to South Africa, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Arctic circle and the middle east.

Can you fly in bad weather?

Our aircraft are all-weather capable. However, low clouds and fog can provide issues for helicopters departing and arriving at private landing sites such as unit base or on location. Our camera systems are also all-weather capable and we can provide rain spinners for the lens. Best results however are always achieved when no precipitation is present at all.

What about permits and flying permissions?

We have decades of experience when it comes to obtaining the relevant permits and permissions for helicopter operations. We are also one of the very few helicopter operators in the country with a permanent Enhanced Low Flying Permission, bringing our minimum separation and altitude down to 200 feet from the standard 500 feet required. Beyond that, permits are secured on individual application to legally allow us to perform operations in close proximity to structures, people and vehicles. Our operations team has years of experience working with the Civil Aviation Authority to get the permits required for even the most challenging shoots.

Can you operate on location for extended periods of time?

We take care of all the logistics required for extended periods on location. Our fuel bowser keeps aircraft flying all day, whilst our fire truck and fire fighters keep operations safe. All weather covers and tie-downs mean we can keep our aircraft on location overnight, ready to start filming at sunrise the next morning.

Can you arrange last minute helicopter charters for talent/crew?

We understand the sometimes hectic and last minute nature of the film industry all too well and will do our very best to accommodate urgent requests for any of our aircraft services. An entire fleet of aircraft at The Aerial Film Company means that we can usually get you a helicopter without delay. The best thing to do is contact us right away via email or telephone.