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FlyingSaucy Ltd

What we do

We use remotely piloted aircraft, to offer our clients a unique visual perspective for photography, film and survey projects – all at an affordable cost.

Our services include high definition aerial footage, high resolution still photos and thermal imaging.

Example Uses

Here are some of the applications our services can be used for. It's by no means a definitive list and we're always on the look out for new and interesting ways to use this technology.

Photography & Video

  • Documentary Work
  • Vehicle Showcase
  • Cars, Motorbikes, Boats/Yachts
  • Architectural & property
  • Property developers, Estate agents, Architects, Churches, Stately homes, Hotels
  • Civil engineering
  • Site surveys, Pre-visualisations
  • Industrial Inspections
  • Roofs, Wind turbines, Pylons, Solar farms, Towers, Steeples, Chimneys, Clock towers, Plant equipment
  • Events
  • Weddings, Promotional events, Product launches
  • Archaeological Surveys
  • Landscape & topological surveys
  • Agricultural & crop surveys
  • Coastal inspections
  • Urban planning
  • Sporting venues

Thermal Imaging

  • Industrial Inspections
  • Heat loss surveys, Wind turbines, Pylon insulator survey, Detection of failing solar panels, Chimneys, Gas venting
  • Archaeological surveys
  • Agricultural & crop surveys
  • Crop stress
  • Irrigation

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PANORAMIC TOUR

About Us

We have more than 7 years experience flying multirotor aircraft of many types and with over 25 years experience in the graphic design industry, we are able to offer a creative approach to image capture.

We are BNUC-s Certified, with a CAA Permission for Aerial Work and public liability insurance to cover our flight operations.


Our Equipment

We use the latest in quadcopter technology equipped with a range of gimbal stabilised cameras, all are able to capture 4k high definition video and high resolution still images.

For specialist survey tasks our system can also be equipped with a FLIR thermal imaging camera.

A high definition downlink enable both the pilot and client to see the camera view - in real time - taking any guess work out of the process and allowing us work in a timely and efficient fashion.

We also have dedicated camera/gimbal controls for projects requiring a dual operator flight team.


Our Flight Software

We operate a suite of software applications which assist in safe and efficient flight operations.

From our ground station we can us to monitor all vital aircraft telemetry and our flight assistant software enables us to plan waypoint based flights in advance, we can "target" subjects or points of interest and then "hand-off" control of the gimbal to the flight controller ensuring accurate and smooth framing or following of subjects.

In addition we can also set-up "virtual zip-line" flight paths and "Orbits" for perfect circles around a subject – both functions allow for repeatable, accurate flight - making it easy to do a number of takes or experiment with alternate camera angles.

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AERIAL PANORAMA

Panoramic images

Aerial panoramic images are a stunning way to showcase a location.

A mix of aerial and tripod based panoramic images is a great way to give both overall and detailed views of locations and the non-linear nature of this kind of media delivery means your viewers can explore the images/locations at their own pace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a list or questions anyone considering the commission of aerial photography should be asking and some additional information which might be of use too.

Do you have a CAA PFAW?

Yes, we have BNUC-s certification and a CAA Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW).

Are there any restrictions?

Our PFAW allows us to operate within a 50m radius of the general public.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?

Yes, we have £5 million cover.

What aircraft do you use?

We currently fly a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter. This is a compact, reliable and integrated system which is easy to transport and quick to set-up. It has a class leading iPad control interface and a range of easily interchangeable, camera/gimbal modules. As the company grows and as projects demand, we will invest in whatever technology we feel is needed to offer the highest quality service and end product.

What are your flight times.

We can fly for approximately 15 minutes at a time before we need to change the battery. We also have a limit to the amount of time in each hour that the Pilot in Command can fly.

What cameras do you use?

We have both the DJI X3 and X5 integrated camera/gimbals. The X5 is equivalent to highly regarded the Panasonic Lumix GH4. It can shoot high resolution still images and 4K high definition video. We also have a range of high quality lenses to cover most filming requirements. We have access to the DJI XT FLIR thermal imaging camera for specialist survey projects.

How high can you fly?

We are permitted to fly up to 400ft (120m) from our take-off point.

How far can you fly?

We are permitted to fly up to 500m horizontally, within line of sight, from our take-off point.

Can you fly over water?

Yes, we can fly over water, but due to the obvious risks to equipment this does attract a higher rate than flying over land.

What weather conditions can you fly in?

Due the the sensitive nature of the electronics in our equipment, we can’t fly in the rain. High wind conditions can also be an issue. We do however regularly monitor weather forecasts in the days leading up to a project and keep clients updated. If a project isn’t date specific, it’s usually best to plan with alternate dates in mind should the weather not co-operate.

Can we see a live image from the camera?

Yes, we have a live HD downlink from the camera which can be viewed on an iPad or an HD screen.

How do we go about commissioning you?

You can either contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or by telephone. We can then discuss your requirements and the proposed location.

Is there much planning involved?

The answer to this depends on the location of your proposed shoot. There are more safety issues to be aware of in urban environments and the local council, highways agency, police or other third parties may have to be informed and permissions requested. We also need to check the location for proximity to local airports, aerodromes or other airspace users. Projects in rural areas can be much more straightforward with only landowner permission required for take-off and landing. We are however happy to discuss any project and help advise on viability.

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If you have a project which would benefit from an aerial perspective,
we'd love to hear from you.