FAQ

Octocopter Hire for Film and TV in Australia

How High can you fly?
CASA stipulates that the maximum altitude above ground level that we can fly is 400 feet, but rarely will we need to get the shot from higher than 300 feet.

How Far away can you fly it?
We can fly it as far as we can clearly see it and control it. In our experience, that’s about 150 meters.
If you wish to fly it further, we can always fly it from with a moving vehicle.

Where can I see your work?
Here’s a link to some of our work.

How much does it cost to hire you?
Please contact us by phone or email to discuss your needs. We are available at half day, full day and weekly rates, anywhere in australia.

Where are you based?
We are based in Sydney, however we are licensed to fly anywhere in Australia and can travel to your location by Air or Vehicle.

Can anyone fly?
No. We have many years of flying and development experience, and follow strict guidelines as outlined by CASA for the safety of people on the ground and in other aircraft. We hold an “Operators Certificate” and various other authorisations that allow us to conduct our work in a safe and controlled manner. For this reason we hire out our Octocopter for your film or TV shoot and supply the pilot and cam operator as a package.

What payloads and cameras can you carry?
We can carry camera payloads up to 7kg or more if required. We encourage the use of lighter prime lenses which allows us to fly for longer for you.

Do you have to have a licence to fly?
Yes. We have a Chief UAV controller who is fully certified to fly these aircraft. Our Chief UAV controller also trains and tests the other pilots in our company.

Rotor Works is licensed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to carry out commercial works
Operators Certificate: 1-UTVJ9-01

What experience is required?
There are many qualifications required to become a UAV Controller certified to operate in Australia. The list of requirements can be found on CASAs website.

Can I fly for you?
Yes!, If you have an interest in becoming one of Rotor Works’ UAV controllers, feel free to contact us to discuss your flying ability and certification requirements.

How do you control it?
We control the UAVs with a regular RC Controller that is used for RC Aircraft

How long can you fly for?
With a light camera, we can fly more than 20 minutes with spare power for another 3 minutes of flight.
With a heavy movie camera, we can fly for about 9 minutes with a power reserve for emergencies of about 2 minutes.

Do you supply the pilot & camera operator?
Yes, we only use our own UAV controllers and camera operators. We provide a live downlink to multiple monitors if required.

Do you supply the camera?
We can hire a specific camera to suit your needs. In general, we like to fly with the Sony FS700, Canon C100 and C300, or the Red Epic series of Cinema cameras. You can also supply your own.

Are you insured?
Yes, we carry $10-$20M Public liability insurance depending on our customers requirements.