April 25, 2013: Hatherleigh-based Flyonix visited Okehampton Camera Club on Monday last to tell members about their advanced 'copter platforms for film and photography. The evening was dedicated to the topic of Aerial Photography. Simon Burke from Exbourne, who runs South West Aerial Photography (www.southwestairpics.co.uk ), took the stage for the first half of the evening to explain the challenges of shooting from a fixed wing aircraft, and the excellent results when you get things right. Then, Flyonix (www.flyonix.com) talked about their machines, which have been used for a variety of camera and film projects including making washing machines fly and more recently for filming Damien Hirst's controversial bronze statue Verity in Ilfracombe. Flyonix has built its own eight-rotor ‘copter from scratch. They say it's one of only three or four in the country that can carry the weight of a 4K film camera (that's the ultimate in video quality today). www.okehamptoncameraclub.co.uk
Top picture : Simon Burke, from South West Aerial Photography (left, ) Ben Bailey from Flyonix (centre) and Rupert Brandon-King from Flyonix (right) with the Flyonix ‘copter.
Lower picture : Rupert Brandon-King from Flyonix (left) explains how the ‘copter platform works to Okenhampton Camera Club Secretary Derek Stratton (right).