Helping a fire fighter in need on the Gold Coast

Jetpack Adventures Ritchie Gregg and Southport Fire stations, station officer Tony Chicco  partner together to raise awareness for an injured fire fighter who is suffering from a brain tumor and has racked up more than $100,000 in medical bills. The fire fighter who doesn’t wish to be named has been transported to Sydney for specialist treatment and his condition is told to be life threatening. Saturday 18th October 2014 will be the annual Fire Ball held on the Gold Coast at Jupiters Casino, tickets are available here. Get behind this great cause and help support our fire fighters.

The jetpack was powered by a fire truck pumping thousands of litres of water per minute, the daring stunt seen Ritchie saw to over 10 meters in height on something that has never been done on load before #worldfirst.

A aerial photography photo from a commercial helicopter

Why We Love Aerial Photography – Drone vs Helicopter Pros & Cons

We love aerial photography and living on the Gold Coast and working anywhere from Coffs Harbour to the Sunshine Coast on mosts days we get to experience some of the great sights of the Gold Coast and surrounds. Not only that but we get to play with remote control helicopters and best of all real helicopters.

Planning a Aerial Photography Shoot

When we plan an aerial photography shoot first thing we do is determine the best machine and camera for the job, now this comes down to a few factors, is the job within 3 nautical miles of an airport or aviation area, if it is then a commercial helicopter is best to be used but the price would still stay affordable seeing we close to the airport and would only need the helicopter for a short amount of time approx. 30mins, however most helicopters have a minimum hire time of 1 hour respectively.

Helicopter vs Drone Pros & Cons

There are pros and cons to both commercial helicopters and drones when it comes to aerial photography and we have given some examples in the below table.[tabs style=”boxed” title=”Pros & Cons Drone vs Helicopter”] [tab title=”Pros Drone”]Very flexible angles, Close up photos, Great fly through effect for video, Can be 1ft to 400ft altitude [/tab] [tab title=”Pros Helicopter”]High altitude availability, Quick travel time, Can carry multiple cameras, minimum height 1000ft or 500ft with special clearance (subject to availability) [/tab] [tab title=”Cons Drone”]Maximum 400ft altitude, Can only carry one camera, Weight restrictions, Battery flight time limits, Restricted operational areas[/tab] [tab title=”Cons Helicopter”]Minimum altitude areas apply, Cost of hire, Time required for departure, Aircraft traffic restriction areas[/tab] [/tabs] By checking out the above table of pros and cons drone vs helicopter you will get a basic understanding of what aircraft type will suit your aerial photography shoot, we will also make the final call depending on your location all as part of the service. We are here to answer and help you with your aerial photography enquiry and please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0438 603 209 24/7 or contact us. Happy Flying!

A broader range of aerial photography platforms

AerialHD in previous time had a primary focus on remote control aerial photography but with client needs changing we now offer a range of photography platforms from commercial helicopters. Utilising some very popular helicopters from manufacturers such as Robinson and Sikorsky and from low altitude all the way up to 14,000ft we can capture that perfect aerial photo or video.

Managing Director of AerialHD, Ross Meadows said that in recent times the demand for higher altitude shots had grown quiet a lot, along with this we have carried out a number of shoots in commercial helicopters due to the subject being within 3nm of an aerodrome making it illegal to operate a drone.


387-409 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road CARBROOK

This amazing waterfront property was recently photographed for Johnston Dixon Quality Property and features more than 250m of deepwater frontage. This stunning piece of land goes to auction on Saturday 4th October @ 11am and if you are looking for a large water front property for development take a look at this one!

Check out the listing here



Space Grill BBQ

Meet this great innovation of an everyday product turned into a practical bbq for those in small places, do you live in a unit, flat or townhouse with a small back yard or patio? Need a BBQ that doesn’t take up all that space? AerialHD in conjunction with Media Booth present you with Space Grill the ultimate in folding stainless steel BBQ’s. Contact Space Grill

  • 3 burner fold-away BBQ
  • Patented folding design
  • Full Stainless Steel construction
  • Large cooking area 640mm x 480mm
  • Rotary ignition stainless steel burners
  • Storage cover doubles as a splash back
  • Multiple cooking plate configurations
  • Made from high grade Stainless Steel, the SpaceGrill is durable in all outdoor areas
  • Gas connection via house main or a LPG bottle
  • Storage cover functions as a splash back and heat shield when in use
  • Fold out for use or fold away in 10 seconds
  • Drip tray is easily removed for fat disposal and cleaning
  • Patented design
  • Vermin resistant

For more information on Space Grill click here takes flight in a hotel pool and Intercontinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove team up to impress some VIP travel agents from across Australia with a special demonstration in the hotel pool.

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Advancement in drone technology

With technology evolving daily around the globe the drone or unmanned aerial vehicle industry is no exception, one of the world leaders in drone manufacturing DJI Innovations recently improved their Octocopter called the S1000. This UAV has set a bench mark for many other manufacturers around the world wrapped together with some great marketing campaigns they have taken the UAV market by storm. Check out the latest video on the S1000 below.

Remote Control Aerial Photography Rules and Regulations

I thought I would begin writing a post about some of the legalities when flying remote control helicopters/planes in a commercial environment (hire and reward demonstrations, training, R&D, flying for company internal purposes, etc.) I was sent a link recently from a friend showing an ad on Gumtree for remote control aerial photography for $35.00 per shot and decided to do a little bit of research on the company to see if at all there operators had a CPL-H (Commercial Pilot License – Helicopter) as they showed the use of hexacopters, to no surprise I could find no record of them being licensed or had completed an OC (Operators Certificate) to conduct business.

The rumours/myths about UAV licensing has been quiet entertaining over the past 12 months as I had heard many different rules regulations and fees, so in today’s post i thought I would supply the necessary information needed to operate a drone, hexacopter, remote control plane or anything you want to call it for (hire and reward demonstrations, training, R&D, flying for company internal purposes, etc.)

Step 1A: Apply for a UAV Controller Certificate application form

In this you MUST hold either a PPL or CPL helicopter or aeroplane license (private or commercial). Many people think that anyone can apply for a OC with no previous experience WRONG.

STEP 1B: Licensing Courses

If you don’t hold a PPL or CPL you must complete at a minimum the ground based theory achieving at least 70% or higher to pass, this can be done with your local flight schools like Attitude Helicopter Training or simply check your local airports website as many training academies are generally located within an airport. The cost of these courses can vary but a PPL license can start from around $5000.00 +.

Step 2: Develop a Business Plan, Operational Use and a Safety Case

In this what CASA are asking for is for you or your company to go ahead a develop a plan of what you would like to do, the markets you wish to enter i.e. Realestate etc read up on the rules and regulations of doing this. Then create a safety plan/case of the what you will/can do In the case of an accident or potential accident and from there ask yourself if this is the path you want to go down. If so continue reading below, if not here is a cool Youtube video to distract you from your ideal job!

Step 3:  Determining What Aircraft You Wish To Fly & Manufacturer Training

From this CASA want you to work out what craft you are going to fly, it may be drones or aeroplanes or it may be both depending on the job requirements. Included in this you must seek training from the manufacturer and this can very difficult for a variety of reasons, the manufacturer doesn’t offer this service or is not qualified to do this, It maybe the manufacturer is in another country etc for this you can fill in this form and a UAS representative will discuss further options with you.

Step 4: Undertake PPL or CPL (H or A) Exam

This is the expensive part, CASA require you to Undertake exams for the minimum required license Private Pilots Licence (PPL), either Aeroplane or Helicopter and this depends on what you are going to fly weather it be aeroplane or helicopter. Here is a little more detail on the PPL exam and some sample questions.

Step 5: Obtain a Operators Certificate

This step cannot be done without step 4, the requirements for this are found deep within the CASA website and refer to “Paragraph 101.295 in CASR Part 101” which is within this page of the CASA website. Along with these requirements you must complete the UAV Controller Certificate Application Form and email the completed forM to this address.

Step 6: Apply For an Instrument Rating Exam

There are exemptions with this part of the process, if you only going to be flying under “day Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC)”, “Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)” then you can contact the UAS Specialist for an exemption. If you are planning on flying FPV or otherwise known as “First Person View” then this part of the process must be completed without exemption and will incur additional fees.

Step 7: Assessing The Risk of Your Proposed Line of Work

This step is really important and requires quiet a bit of work for CASA to accept your application and may require the assistance of a risk assessment company. Just remember if this step of the process is done poorly or does not meet the CASA requirement you may fail and will have wasted many hours of work and money in the steps leading up to this.

Step 8: Developing a Safety Management System

This step in todays regulations is not required by CASA encourages operators or potential operators to setup this system. This may be of benefit to new employees or if a staff member is uncertain of what to do in certain scenarios. Here is some general information about SMS.

Step 9: Prepare Flight, Maintenance and Operations Manuals

For some help with this you can check this out, keep in mind CASA is currently amending the CAAP to apply directly with UAS. If you need any help preparing these documents you can contact the UAS Specialists.

Step 10: Obtain Public Liability Insurance

WARNING this can be one of the most expensive parts of the hole process of becoming a UAV company and it is highly recommend you check out this search and obtain some estimates of costs before completing the above steps as this will probably scare you off the hole UAV license, so therefore here is another cool Youtube video to distract you, enjoy!.

Step 11: Arrange a Pre -Application Interview

For this step go to this link

Step 12: Last Step (UAV Application Costs)

Again see the bottom of this CASA page to see the variety of costs involved in obtaining a UAV license again these can be vary and be substantial.

Step 13: Fines & Penalties For Flying Unlicensed 

There are many rumours of the fines for illegal UAV flying and although there are not a lot of cases it is estimated fines can be anywhere up to $45000.00 plus confiscation of all equipment  on the spot.

I hope this post helps you in making the right decision towards you or your companies future and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours stay safe.