Horizon Aerial Photography specializes in remotely piloted aerial systems for aerial photography, cinematography and data acquisition. It focuses mainly on offering aerial services utilizing its own fleet of systems, built in house. It also provides custom-built systems, training and consultation to exclusive clients.
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 or Scarlett.
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 numerous machines for applications ranging from aerial filming with the new Canon C300 cinema camera, to machines capable of aerial 3D modelling and thermal imaging. The company is looking to expand the applications in the utilities sector, whilst still providing a high end build service and UAS training to international clients. 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 London Cultural Olympiad in the Summer of 2012.