Aerial Filmworks worked with White Sands National Monument to film aerials of the spectacular landscape for their upcoming new visitor film. Tim Dilworth directed the shoot for Henninger Media. All of the Park is within the restricted airspace of the White Sands Missile Range. “The Park was completely supportive of our efforts, and helped arrange the necessary clearance into the airspace,” states Ron Chapple, Aerial Director of Photography. Pilot Coyt Bailey of Mercury Aviation then worked directly with Approach Control and the Air Force Base Tower to coordinate our entry into the Park.
~Tim Dilworth, Director
“The National Parks are an amazing treasure,” observes Chapple, “and flying in White Sands was mesmerizing, the dunes and the sky just blend together in never ending patterns.” Working on the White Sands National Monument film adds to the growing collection of projects for the National Park Service. In the past 2 years, Aerial Filmworks has filmed in Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Devil’s Tower National Monument, The Statue of Liberty National Monument, Gulf Island National Seashore, and Arches National Park.
GPS Flight Track: Flying in Circles
Garmin GPS flight routes for every flight over the 2 day project.
We tracked every flight through the park. Each flight path is a different color, and will help us with accurate captioning of the clips when the material becomes available as stock footage. Sara Woodmansee in our Charlotte studio takes all our GPS data, then creates KML files for interactive viewing in Google Earth.
Coolest Jet A Fuel Truck
Alex Chapple (Still Photographer), Coyt Bailey (Pilot), Ron Chapple (Aerial Director of Photography), and Tim Dilworth (Director) gather with the 1946 Dodge Jet A fuel truck at the Alamogordo, New Mexico airport.
Ed’s Flying Service at the Alamogordo Airport took good care of us. They fueled our Bell 206L3 Long Ranger with a vintage 1946 Jet A truck at all hours of the day.