David Adamson, has been flying helicopters since 1986 and has more than 10,000 hours helicopter experience conducting just about every form of helicopter operation possible


  • David is one the best film pilots in the business. We first worked together on WRC Australia, Perth, WA in 2005. Our most recent adventure was Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour. When chasing world rally cars, at (very) low level, at ridiculous speeds, on a terrain filled with tall gumtrees, you need a pilot who knows the game and only needs half a word to understand what a Cineflex operator wants as a shot.

    Bart Van Aert - Aerial Cinematographer, World Rally Championship Production Company
  • I had the pleasure to team up with David Adamson and DOP Peter Thompson on a live action sequence on mustering in the Northern Territory, Australia. From my many years of experience, David is one the best film pilots in the world, David was able to face constantly changing situations and find suitable alternative options. 

    Michael Pitiot - Director, Hope Production / Yann Arthus-Bertran
  • Thanks to David’s huge technical skill and intuitive understanding of camera, we were able to capture more great looking and unique material in a couple of hours, than I have been able to do in days with other aerial crews.

    Roger Power - Series Producer, Outback Truckers
  • David is the ONLY pilot I have flown with of who orientates his helicopter like a camera, his innate knowledge of light, angles, timing and the ability to “tell the story” through the lens of a camera is something unique.  

    Jon Davison - Aviation Photographer, Eye in the Sky
  • The Swiss production team had never seen a helicopter Pilot like David, he is by far one of the world’s best! If you are looking for a helicopter Pilot, David would be my first choice. 

    Jérôme Zbinden - Marketing Manager, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd Switzerland
  • I'm the UPM responsible for the PNG Kayaking story that Bryan and Dave just hired you on. I've heard only the best things about your performance on that job and having just seen Ben Stookesbury's Facebook post of you hovering the helicopter right over the water as the guys jumped onto land in a narrow canyon, I have to add my praise. I know my boss, Daniel, already reached out to thank you, but I just have to reach out myself to say that we so appreciate the hard work you did and I've been made fully aware by the Reel Water team that this was NO easy job. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You're on the top of the pilots list at Red Bull Media House!

    Nicola McQuiston- Producer, Red Bull Media House
  • Wow! We were all blown away watching David manouevre his helicopter on our recent shoot. Myself and many others on set have never seen anything like it. What a pro stunt pilot. He flew the craft with incredible precision, skill and sheer expertise, giving more to our film than I thought possible. It really was phenomenal to be a part of and I would use him again in a heart beat.

    Jonathan Nyguist, Rapid Films
  • It has been a while my friend...but without a hesitation, you are the stander by which my expectations lay. To date, no one compares!

    Mark Gerasimenko, Aerial Cinematographer

Commencing flying in the United Kingdom before emigrating to Australia in 1995. Since then, David has flown commercially in several countries conducting mostly specialist aerial film services.

Highly experienced in low level aerial filming with a number of camera systems including gyro stabilized, fixed and still photography. Air to air photography involving two or more aircraft is one such operation that David has many hours of expertise and lists as one of his favourites.

David has an impressive history of providing aerial services for the motor sport industry as well as feature films, television productions, documentaries, commercials and numerous other sporting events.

As a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Flight Examiner, David along with a handful of Flight Examiners throughout Australia conducts flight tests on behalf of CASA.

These tests include Commercial, Private, Night, Instrument and Instructor flight tests. As well as aircraft specific type ratings and endorsements such as low level, sling, floats, winching, formation and check flights.

As an Aviation Safety Consultant, Onshore Operations Flight and Ground Instructor, David presents helicopter specific safety courses for Pilots, Aircrew, the General Public and the Film Industry and assists the Australian Transport Safety Bureau with accident investigation.

As such, David has achieved a proven reputation in the helicopter industry for implementing and maintaining high safety standards.