Our Flying Team is made up of some of the most experienced people in the business with extensive backgrounds in Commercial Aviation, Custom UAV Airframe and System design, Precision UAV Flight and Set Management on hundreds of Digital Media and Film Productions.
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SR-3: Heavy Lifter
Custom designed and built in-house by our chief pilot / UAV Systems designer, this single rotor heavy lifter was designed to effortlessly fly a Red Epic Dragon 6K with heavier Cine Style lenses. The powerful single rotor with custom blade pitch design makes this airframe ultra fast and highly maneuverable in 3D space. A brushless 3-axis camera gimbal with our unique de-coupled mounting system produces completely stable images independent of the direction, speed and action of the helicopter - including stable hover for longer action scenes or VFX work.
- Cameras: Red Epic 6K Dragon
- Lenses: Leica Summilux C, Leica Summicron C, Cooke S4, Zeiss CP2, Cooke 5i, Canon EF
- Lens Size Range: 18-50mm
- Pan 360 degrees / Tilt 90 degrees
- Long range SD downlink for monitor view
- Flight time: 8 or 16 minutes depending on shot requirements
- Speed: 85 km/h
- Range: 1500'
- Size: 5.5' long, 5' rotor span, custom blade design for more lift
- Payload capacity: Tested to 24 lbs
- Additional: SR3 can be outfitted with a latency free HD TV broadcast downlink paired with a receiver station for live event broadcast applications.
SR-2: Medium Lifter
Custom designed and built in-house by our chief pilot / UAV Systems designer, our custom rotor design makes the SR-2 ultra fast and highly maneuverable. It flies a modified 3-axis gimbal designed to carry medium weight camera and lens combinations. Designed primarily for Film and Television work, the SR-2 can also be outfitted with a latency free High Definition TV broadcast downlink for live event coverage.
- Cameras: Red Dragon (EF lenses), Blackmagic 4K, Canon C300
- Lenses: Canon EF lenses - suggested lens Canon 16-35mm f2.8
- Long range SD downlink for monitor view
- Flight Time: 8 or 16 minutes depending on shot requirements
- Speed: 87 km/h
- Range: 1500'
- Size: 5.5' long, 5.5' rotor span
- Payload capacity: Tested to 16 lbs
- Additional: SR2 can also be outfitted with a latency free HD TV broadcast downlink pair with a receiver station for live event broadcast applications
Most of our UAV’s are Fly By Pilot systems, but we designed this airframe with GPS for use in VFX work where precise positioning may be required at various points along a flight path. The MR-1 carries a 3 axis brushless gimbal and flies medium weight camera and lens combinations.
- Cameras: Red Dragon, Blackmagic 4K, 5D MKIII, GH4
- Lenses: DSLR lenses / Other lightweight lenses
- Monitor: Long range SD downlink to set monitor
- UAV: Axis: Pan-360 degrees, Tilt - level to 90 degrees down /
- Flight Time: 8 or 16 minutes depending on shot requirements / Speed: 60km/h / Range: 1200' / Size: 5' diameter / Payload capacity: 15lbs.
The Flying Team
Our flying team members have an average of 20 years experience in Commercial Aviation, Custom UAV Airframe and Systems design, Precision UAV Flight, Film Production and Set Operations Management.
CEO, Aerial Operations Manager, Ground Supervisor, 1st A.D., Director
Since 2013, Steve Couzens has been our Aerial Operations Manager / Ground Supervisor. His experience as a First Assistant Director, Producer and owner of the parent production company is backed by 30 years experience on over 1000 film projects. Steve specializes in set-management of complex projects involving helicopters, UAV's, camera car, motion control, VFX and shoot choreography with multiple components. His on-set experience and knowledge of UAV operations and procedures is a critical part in safely delivering the level of integrated-action aerials that sets us apart. Steve holds certificates for UAV Pilot Ground School training (TCTP15263E) and a ROC-A Radio Operators license.
Chief Pilot, Lead Systems Designer, CEO SGE Inc. (UAV Technology Affiliate)
Scott is a world-renowned professional RC/UAV helicopter pilot and engineer. He is a multi-time World Championship medalist and a North American top ranked precision and acrobatic R/C Helicopter pilot with more than 24 National & World titles. Scott is a commercially licensed pilot and owner of two aircraft including a Pitts aerobatic biplane. Founder of a new UAV aerospace company, Scott is a leader in innovation and emerging technologies for UAV based platforms. Scott's 20+ years experience in competitive UAV and fixed wing flying allows AerialCineMedia to deliver precise integrated flying for cinema not found anywhere else.
Camera and Gimbal Systems Operator, Wireless Control Technician, Photographer
Geoff is a UAV/RC custom fabrication and wireless control specialist with over 18 years experience. His experience in CAD design, HD cameras and gimbal technology along with spatial awareness skills honed in R/C blimp operations and competitive sailing allow Geoff to excel at operating our airborne 3-axis camera gimbal systems. Geoff is also a design technician at SGE inc., our UAV technology affiliate company and is an expert in all our aerial systems.
Executive Producer, Ground Supervisor, Visual Observer, Production Manager
Kristi has worked as our Ground Supervisor and Visual Observer on hundreds of UAV missions since 2013. Kristi has over 25 years experience as an Executive Producer and is an owner of the parent production company. Her experience as a producer of large scale film projects is a strategic asset in her role as a key member of our aerial operations team. Her knowledge of on-set operations as well as her experience with UAV procedures and Transport Canada guidelines is a critical part of our ability to safely deliver benchmark aerial imaging. Kristi also expertly manages our Corporate Business and Client Services.
Certifications / Insurance
AerialCineMedia operates under a Transport Canada Open Special Flight Operations Certificate that allows us to fly without the need to file flight plans. Our SFOC includes a certificate for night operations. We carry 5 million* in Aviation Liability Insurance, Airborne Camera and industry standard Commercial Production Insurance. *(10 million optional)
We’ve been honoured to work with many great clients over the last few years through both our UAVCinematography and UAV Design Technology divisions. Here is a partial list of Cinema clients.