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.

The Aerial Film Company's Pilatus PC-9
Interior of Pilatus PC-9

Pilatus PC-9

Joining our fleet in 2024 is the extremely capable Pilatus PC-9. Powered by a 950 horsepower turbine, this aerobatic aircraft started its life as a military fast jet trainer and opens the door to aerial sequences captured at up to 320 knots. The PC-9 is paired with our upgraded Shotover F1 Rush, giving cinematographers and directors a completely new dimension to explore in the sky. Certification on the UK register makes this the only aircraft in the United Kingdom capable of high speed and aerobatic filming tasks. Be amongst the first to unlock the incredible potential of this camera platform and get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.


Aircraft registration: G-NEIN

Manufacture year: 1989

Number of Seats: 2 Crew
(Tandem Seat Military Trainer)

Max Speed: 320KTS

Range: 780NM

Shotover F1 Rush

Shotover F1 Rush

The Shotover F1 RUSH is specifically tailored for the unique capabilities of our Pilatus PC-9. With the ability to fly a wide range of industry standard payloads at elevated speeds of 350 knots and during manoeuvres approaching 3G’s, the F1 Rush delivers perfect stability when it counts. The Aerial Film Company is the only operator and supplier of the Shotover F1 Rush within europe.

The Shotover F1 Rush fits an impressive range of cameras and lenses despite it’s small physical size. Large format cameras such as the Sony Venice and Alexa Mini LF can be paired with short large format zooms such as the Fujinon Premista series. Super 35 cameras open the door to a wide range of lens options, with the Angenieux Optimo 25-250mm proving to be a very popular choice amongst DOP’s and directors.

  • Sony Venice with R7 RAW module
  • Sony Venice 2
  • Arri Alexa Mini & Mini LF
  • Arri Alexa 35
  • Red Digital Cinema DSMC 2
  • Red Digital Cinema V-Raptor FF
  • Angenieux Optimo DP Style 25-250mm
  • Fujinon Premista 19-45, 28-100, 80-250mm
  • Fujinon 25-300mm
  • Arri/Fujinon Alura
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Zooms
  • Canon 30-300mm / Canon 50-1000mm
The Need for Speed

Not all gimbals are created equal and the Shotover F1 Rush kicks it up a notch from gimbals in it’s class. With the ability to handle airspeeds of up to 350 knots, the F1 Rush is perfectly paired with our Pilatus PC-9 to capture breathtaking, high-speed images for your next project.

Because I was inverted

Whether you’re the right way up or upside down, the F1 Rush delivers rock-solid images regardless of orientation. Capable of handling up to 3G’s, aerobatic sequences can be captured in extreme proximity without gimbal lock and drop-out.

Rock Solid Images

The F1 Rush system delivers unshakeable image stability thanks to its unique 6 axis gyro stabilisation and high resolution gyro’s. Rock Solid images even at the longest focal lengths.

Full Look-Down

Thanks to the 6th axis on the Shotover F1, there is no gimbal lock when looking straight down. This opens the door to creative birds eye shots which would cause a headache on turret based gimbal systems.

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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.