About Aerial Services & Photodrone

Tim Whittaker Photography supplies a full range of aerial photographic and video services, using Helicopter, Fixed and UAV

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 also there is an HD video camera and a Hi-Res stills digital camera independently controlled. The HD video link can be viewed by the client in real time during the flight.

The Photodrone is in addition to our fleet of services for Aerial Photographic options complimenting our fixed wing, helicopter  platforms.

Primarily focusing on 3 services;

  1. Vertical Imaging
  2. Oblique Imaging
  3. HD Video (with live in-flight streaming)

Some of the uses include;

  • 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
  • Mapping

Tim Whittaker Photography & the Photodrone
are based in Hawkes Bay but travel throughout the country.


Tim Whittaker has over 25 years commercial and aerial photography experience and holds Pilots Licences for Balloon, Fixed Wing (PPL), Paraglider & Paramotor. We are also the first in Hawke’s Bay to  hold the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Part 102 Certification for U.A.V. (Pilotless Aircraft) Operations


Click above to view certificate

Images from these platforms can also be found at the Tim Whittaker Photographys sites www.tim.co.nz Photo Library and www.airshots.co.nz

Please visit www.tim.co.nz or contact Tim from this site for further information.

Te Ūranga Waka – EIT Hawke’s Bay

A very early morning shoot with Indelible Marketing & Video. Great results

Te Ūranga Waka – EIT Hawke's Bay from EIT Hawkes Bay on Vimeo.

The Waitangi Reserve Restoration Project

This was a great project working with Indelible shooting a promo for Hawkes Bay Regional Council used to promote the restoration of a major wetland area in Hawkes Bay. This involved some fairly technical flying over water and filming where location and atmosphere was everything.


Hastings District Council Omaranui Landfill Power Station

We were involved in the production and filming of this great Power Project for the Hasting District Council.

Using both ground and air video


Sheep Muster Gone Global

CAA Part 102 Certified – Press Release


Hawke’s Bay professional photographer Tim Whittaker, has become the first U.A.V. (unmanned aerial vehicle or drone) operator to be certified by CAA ( Civil Aviation Authority ) in the region and one of only 14 in New Zealand. In August strict new rules were introduced to help control the explosion of U.A.V.’s in the air.102Cert15005 CAA designed two new sets of rules for the Radio Controlled devices. CAA rule Part 101 for most users include regulations such as a 400′ height limit, no flying after dusk, no flying over people or property without explicit permission and not within 4km of an aerodrome.
Mr Whittaker has spent nearly 4 months gaining the Part 102 certification which will allow some extensions to the Part 101 rules including flying at night, flying over property if permission cant be obtained. Part of the process to get certified included providing CAA officials with his criminal record, driving record, pilots licence record, obtaining a fit and proper persons report, C.V. and references. Also required, were several large manuals based on operations, safety and maintenance. These were written for Mr Whittakers operation by an Auckland firm . The whole exercise has cost several thousand dollars but he says will be well worth the investment.
Flying U.A.V.’s was a natural extension to Mr Whittakers love of photography and all things airborne already having held type ratings in several fixed wing planes, paramotor and paraglider, mircolight and hot air balloon. He has been flying U.A.V.’s now for over five years having built his first models from scratch.
With local authorities, police and emergency services now requiring certified contractors, Mr Whittaker said he hopes to get more work in these areas as well as expanding areas of his photographic business.
The U.A.V. Mr Whittaker uses is the latest technology capable of ultra high resolution video and stills as well as 3D mapping.



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