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Tim Whittaker Photography is Hawkes Bay’s  first CAA Part 102 Certified UAV operator .

This Certification is required by many authorities and bodies such as NZ Police, Fire and Councils

Tim Whittaker Photography has, over the last 5 years, been trialing and developing the Photodrone or UAPV (Unmanned Aerial Photographic Vehicle) and now has a stable high quality working platform.

It has a GPS guidance system, gyroscopically stabilized, FPV (First Person View) allowing remote control using a video link. On board there is an HD video camera and a Hi-Res stills digital camera independently controlled. The video link can be viewed by the client in real time during the flight.

The Photodrone is in addition to Tim Whittaker’s fleet of services for aerial photographic options complimenting our fixed wing and helicopter platforms.

Tim is primarily focusing on 3 services, being vertical imaging, oblique imaging and high definition video with live in-flight streaming.

Some samples for the usage of my photodrone fleet are:

  • Elevated Real Estate photography
  • Police crime scene surveillance
  • Fire scene work
  • Promotional HD aerial videos
  • High Structure inspection
  • Disaster zone work
  • Vineyards
  • Municipal Property
  • Civil Engineering projects
  • Televison News

Tim is based in Hawke’s Bay but travels throughout the country for photodrone work.

Tim has over 25 years commercial and aerial photography experience and holds Pilots Licences for Balloon, Fixed Wing (PPL), Paraglider & Paramotor. Tim is a current holder of special New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority approval and certification for U.A.V. (Pilotless Aircraft) Operations.


Elevated Photography

Elevated Photography is suitable for low level aerial situations where you want to see over the back of properties and into front yards. This is ideal for park / ocean boundaries & lifestyle properties. For farms and large areas Tim  recommends to use his Fixed Wing or Helicopter service. Travel outside of the immediate Napier and Hastings area incurs extra charges.

Pricing starts from $200 plus GST for one site visit, allowing 30 minutes service onsite. You will be supplied with 10-20 high resolution images in digital form.

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Super Stable Hi-End elevated Videography

This service needs to be operated by a pilot (which is Tim) and a camera operator. Tim can either supply or recommend a camera operator or you can provide you own. It is recommended that a professional film producer or marketing company is involved to develop the story you want to tell and to manage the post production of the raw material. The day rates for pilot and camera operator start at $1,500. Please enquire for a customised quote.


Aerial Surveillance

Tim can use the photodrone for elevated live surveillance for Fire, Police, Emergency and Search operations and Crop research. Please enquire for a customised quote.