FCAP Now Offering 4K

We’re flying the GH4 in 4K mode now. This setup allows us to deliver amazing quality while still maintaining a light and maneuverable copter. Be sure to choose 4K from the YouTube menu to see the...

NI Brand Film Aerials

Flying Cross recently provided aerial camera services for┬áNI’s 2014 re-branding campaign. Austin Director/DP David Blue Garcia concepted and shot all the footage including the aerials. FCAP Pilot Brooks Barley flying the S1000 drone with GH3. Director / Concept – “You and NI Will” – Brand Film – NI from David Blue Garcia on...

Flying Cross Pilot Gets Some Air Time

Check out this recent Fox News Austin report on the use of drones by the Austin Fire Department. FCAP Pilot Brooks Barley and UAVDirect.com were both included in the piece. MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather,...

Whitewater Flying

We’ve completed a few days shooting whitewater rafting in Northern Maine, where we were met with overhanging trees, tiny rock ledge heliports, class 5 rapids and 30mph winds! The shoot location required 2-way coordination with the rafters, portable generators.. and some...

Flying Cross Adds S1000 Octocopter to the Fleet

We’re done dialing in our newest ship, the DJI S1000 with a Lumix GH3 camera stabilized on a three axis gimbal. And we’re looking forward to adding 4K capabilities flying the GH4 soon. For now, check out this short test flight. Air to air shots from one of our smaller copters sporting a modified GoPro. Special thanks to the experts at UAVDirect for tricking this ship out for...

Welcome to Flying Cross

Thanks for visiting Flying Cross Aerial Productions. We’re new to Central Texas but not to aerial videography and photography. Our founder, Scott Hess, has been both flying and shooting professionally for over 30 years. On the shooting side, he spent 16 years at CBS in Boston as a news cameraman, and also as an uplink engineer. His aerial experience there counted for hundreds of flight hours in the company’s Bell Jet Ranger, using hand-held and gyro stabilized mounts. In 1999, he left to form a production/uplink company, Skyways Communications, which provided production and uplink services, including aerial services – working closely with Aerial Productions of Boston, MA. His experience there included shooting from a variety of platforms such as the Jet Ranger, Long Ranger and A-Star/Twin Star aircraft. On the aviation side, Scott has been flying since 1976 and flown professionally as a commercial/charter pilot and taught aerobatics and high performance flying. He is also an FAA aircraft mechanic with inspection privileges. For years he worked closely with Aerial Productions on the installation and approval of the many camera systems used there, including Tyler, Cineflex, Wescam, Spacecam, and others. He brings this work and safety ethic to Flying Cross when operating radio controlled multicopters. We’re now providing aerial videography and photography platforms using both full size helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, plus a selection of remote controlled multicopter (drone) aircraft. We service the industrial, real estate, commercial and film communities in Central Texas and...