GYROCAM FAQs


1. How much does it cost to rent Gyrocam?
2. How much does the transfer to a film location cost?
3. What are the advantages of a Gyrocopter compared to a helicopter?
4. How fast can a Gyrocopter fly?
5. How slow can a Gyrocopter fly?
6. How high can a Gyrocopter fly?
7. How low can a Gyrocopter fly and how low is permitted?
8. How long can a Gyrocopter fly for?
9. How long can a Gyrocopter be employed for per day?
10. Under what weather conditions can a Gyrocopter fly?
11. Where can a Gyrocopter take off and land?
12. Where can a Gyrocopter be flown?
13. Which camera can you shoot on from a Gyrocopter?
14. Which format is used?
15. Can a different cameraman shoot in the Gyrocopter?
16. Can the film director be taken on a survey flight with the Gyrocopter to sight his motif?
17. Is photography also possible from the Gyrocopter?

 

1. How much does it cost to rent Gyrocam?

Our all-inclusive package of our GYROCAM services based on a daily rate includes all essential components for aerial filming:

  • Gyrocopter pilot Wolfgang Spät
  • Gyrocopter MTO Sport
  • camera operator Jürgen Moors
  • gyroscopically stabilized HD camera
  • flight permissions
  • 2 hours flying time

For every project we will provide an individuell offer

Extra costs may occur if an overnight stay for the crew is necessary i.e. for transfer flights to the individual film locations. However, we are open to price negotiations regarding the various projects. BACK

 

 

2. How much does it cost to rent Gyrocam?

Transfer costs for a Gyrocopter are reasonable. Here the rates for additional flying hours apply (€ 180.– +20% VAT per hour) which includes the aircraft, fuel, the services of the pilot and applicable flight taxes. We provide our aircrafts at different pick up locations that means the charge for transfer flights varies according to the distance to the actual location of filming. BACK

 

 

3. What are the advantages of a Gyrocopter compared to a helicopter?

A Gyrocopter has the same flight properties as a helicopter but in comparison is a lot smaller, lighter, quieter, more maneuverable and above all much more economical. With a Gyrocopter we have the opportunity to film all that a helicopter can but at a considerably lower price.

Whether shooting close above ground level like across wheat fields, flower glades or a rapeseed field, the Gyrocopter creates no rotor downwash. That means that there are no disturbing turbulences that could possibly irritate the camera. Convince yourself watching our demo videos. BACK

 

 

4. How fast can a Gyrocopter fly?

We use the Gyrocopter model Autogyro MT03 as well as Autogyro MTO Sport. The maximum flight speed for shootings depends on the model and is approx. 130 km/h. The average cruising speed for filming is approx. 60-100 km/h. BACK

 

5. How slow can a Gyrocopter fly?

The minimum flight speed in calm air is approx. 30km/h. Headwind makes the minimum speed consequently lower. A permanent hover however is not possible with a Gyrocopter. BACK

 

6. How high can a Gyrocopter fly?

The maximum operating height depending on weather conditions is approx. 3500m above sea level. In the autumn of 2008 we filmed above the peak of the Zugspitze at approx. 3200m. BACK

 

7. How low can a Gyrocopter fly and how low is permitted?

Technically the minimum operating height of a Gyrocopter is a few centimeters above ground. The actual minimum height however depends entirely on the respective motif. The official minimum flying height permitted is 100m over non-built up areas and 200m over built-up areas. This height is adequate for filming most motifs. However, we have the opportunity for exceptional motifs to apply for special low-fly permissions. For details of low-fly permissions please contact us directly.
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8. How long can a Gyrocopter fly for?

The maximum flying time of a Gyrocopter is approx. 2,5 hours – after that refueling is required. BACK

 

9. How long can a Gyrocopter be employed for per day?

Under the aspect of flight safety, the pilot and camera operator are not able to fly an unlimited amount of time. The maximum time for a film shoot is 5 hours with a flight time of 7 hours per day (transfer flight and film shoot combined). In case the duration of the flight, respectively the film shoot, exceeds this time frame an extra day of shooting will be charged. BACK

 

10. Under what weather conditions can a Gyrocopter fly?

Transfer flights are possible under almost any weather conditions with the exception of lightning and strong winds which prevent you from flying.
For film shots we do require sunshine – here we succumb feasible weather conditions.

Principally we can fly any time between sunrise and sunset, also in winter when the conditions are suitable.
Night flights however are not possible.BACK

 

11. Where can a Gyrocopter take off and land?

A gyrocopter can land at any airfield – in some cases an outside landing and take-off permit must be obtained.
The take-off distance for a Gyrocopter with two people onboard and a full tank is approx. 100-150 meters. BACK

 

12. Where can a Gyrocopter be flown?

A Gyrocopter is subject to the standard flying laws, therefore certain restrictions apply in nature reserves, military no-fly zones and commercial airports. In general a gyrocopter is allowed to be flown in every European country apart from Switzerland.BACK

 

13. Which camera can you shoot on from a Gyrocopter?

In the Gyrocam package we use a Canon HDC-P1 Camera. This camera is ideal in size and weight for aerial film photography and is stabilized by the gimbal. The footage can be converted into any format that is required by the client. At request a different camera may also be used, here additional costs will apply. BACK

 

14. Which format is used?

Shooting is done on HD-resolution 1080 50i in Apple ProREsHQ, the footage then is converted into the requested format. HD-MOV files depend on the length transferred onto the data carriers. BACK

 

15. Can a different cameraman shoot in the Gyrocopter?

The team of Gyrocam, consisting of Gyrocopter pilot Wolfgang Spät and cameraman Jürgen Moors, carries years of experience in aerial photography and is familiar with the unique characteristics of the Gyrocopter. The operation of a camera, with the attached gyroscope system, in a semi-open aircraft, requires a great deal of practice and experience and therefore cannot be operated by any cameraman.

Only the unspoken understanding and meticulous teamwork of pilot and cameraman allow aerial footage of the quality that you see in the demo videos. Therefore it is not possible to employ a different cameraman in the Gyrocopter. BACK

 

16. Can the film director be taken on a survey flight with the Gyrocopter to sight his motif?

We will gladly take passengers for survey flights of the motif for only the additional cost per flight hour of € 180.– +20% VAT. BACK

 

17. Is photography also possible from the Gyrocopter?

A Gyrocopter is ideal for Aerial photo shooting. Convince yourself with the photos on our website.
We will gladly make you an individual offer. BACK