Directors, Jack Wrangham and Paddy Davies have more than 10 years combined experience in the R/C and UAS (unmanned aerial systems) industry. Having both worked for an RC helicopter company for a number of years, they realised the potential these helicopters had in lifting camera equipment for low altitude aerial photography. Horizon Aerial Photography was founded to further explore the capabilities and systems available. This potential developed into investing in a large Align Trex 600 RC Helicopter – capable of lifting DSLR cameras for stills and video.
Horizon AP began solely as a company providing an aerial photography service, and within the first year had contracts ranging from aerial photography for local Estate Agents (Sale & Partners) to aerial filming work for the BBC Natural History Unit in Kenya. The Kenya trip was a watershed moment and a lot was learnt – not least – how the aerial systems needed to be improved and how best to develop the skills and capabilities to deliver better remote aerial photography and cinematography.
It was at this time that multi-rotor unmanned aerial systems were becoming a viable alternative to the conventional single-rotor systems. They proved to be both simpler and more stable – so Horizon AP invested in these systems, producing a high-end aerial platform capable of lifting anything from a Canon 5D to larger cinematic cameras such as the RED EPIC.
Horizon AP has always been on the forefront of unmanned aerial systems technology within the private sector, so with the knowledge and experience Jack and Paddy bring to the company, it was decided that the company should also offer a bespoke construction service, offering machines built to the specification of their clients from around the world. The first system was completed in 2010 for a client from Portugal for surveying new mobile phone mast locations.
Since then Horizon AP has built multiple machines for applications ranging from aerial filming with the Canon C300 cinema camera, to machines capable of aerial 3D modelling and thermal imaging. Aerial services still remain a core part of the company with involvement in a variety of projects and capabilities – including aerial filming services for the Premier League, IMG, BBC, ITV and a range of production companies.
The beginning of 2015 has seen Horizon AP continue to develop and expand their offering. Further specialising in camera motion and control.
Remote Aerial Operators Group was launched by Horizon AP and some key operators from the UK and abroad, the group has been formed in an effort to offer an exclusive group of operators that can be trusted to not only deliver exceptional quality, but also hold all necessary licenses and insurance to operate legally on a commercial basis. www.remoteaerialops.com