PDG Helicopters have been providing aerial filming services to the film and television industries for over 40 years, our extensive list of credits illustrate our expertise in delivering the highest standards in aerial filming. From a basic hand-held camera shoot to a full on Hollywood movie production anywhere in the UK and Ireland, we're here to help.
Licensed & Approved CAA Air Operator
We are licensed and approved by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) as an air operator and hold permanent CAA flight exemptions for aerial filming and aerial photography. All aerial filming flights are thoroughly planned and prepared for and carried out in accordance with the CAA.
Approved Aerial Filming Supplier
PDG Helicopters are an approved supplier of helicopters and aerial filming to the BBC, ITV, STV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and RTE. We regularly work with production companies, broadcasters and movie production companies from all over the world. We also supply helicopters for aerial photography to major news organisations, freelance photographers and advertising agencies.
At Your Service
Our filming department includes co-ordinators, camera operators, pilots and operational staff who together have an incomparable knowledge of aerial filming from helicopters and can provide specialist advice on everything from camera systems, locations and regulations, basically everything that's needed for planning a successful aerial shoot.
Aerial Filming Throughout The UK & Ireland
PDG helicopters provide aerial filming and aerial photography throughout the UK and Ireland from our conveniently located bases.
We own and operate the largest inshore fleet of helicopters in the UK. For aerial filming we use the Eurocopter AS350 B1/B2 Squirrel or the twin engine variant the Eurocopter AS355 F1/F2. Both aircraft type are a long established workhorse of the aerial filming industry. All of our fleet are gas turbine engine type and as such offer many advantages over small piston engined helicopters.
PDG Helicopters offer the best selection of aerial camera systems in the UK. Our Cineflex V14HD system is perfect for TV and live broadcast filming and our new Shotover F1 is the ultimate system for movie production, drama, commercials and high end TV.
Aerial Camera Operators/Technicians
PDG's Camera systems are operated and supported by our in-house, full time camera operator/technicians, they have thousands of hours aerial filming experience all backed up with an extensive technical knowledge and a genuine passion for filming.
All of our pilots are highly trained, fully qualified professional pilots with thousands of hours flying experience, this includes aerial filming, aerial photography and flying a wide range of camera systems and mounts for film and television.
Recent Film Credits
World War Z, Promethios, Batman - The Dark Knight Rises , Cloud Atlas, James Bond - Skyfall, War Horse, Jack and the Giant Killer, Dark Shadow, A Lonely Place To Die, Tezz, Centurion.
Recent TV Credits
BBC - Highlands Scotlands Wild Heart, Top Gear (new series), Hebrides Islands On The edge, ESPN - live coverage Newcastle v Liverpool, BBC - Match Of The Day, BBC - Coast, Channel 4 - Grand Designs, BBC - The One Show, BBC - Rome's Final Frontier, BBC - Castle Commando, BBC - History Cold Case, TV3 - The Irish Apprentice, Discovery Channel - Mighty Ships
Filming in Scotland/locations
The Visit Scotland website is great place to look when scouting for film locations, there's lots of details on famous films shot in Scotland with details on the exact locations used.
Visit Scotland has also produced a pdf movie map for the The Highlands of Scotland and its stunning locations.
Aerial Filming Support Facilities
We offer a range of ground support facilities available on location anywhere in the UK and Ireland, these include; helicopter ground support crews, fuel bowsers, support vehicles and engineering.
Whatever your aerial filming requirements PDG helicopters are here to help, speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team on: +44(0)1667 462740 or click here to Contact Us