Rory on Air



My Story

I’m a trainee commercial helicopter pilot and licenced fixed wing microlight pilot. In 2017 I started a YouTube channel and because of my broadcasting background, I called it Rory On Air. It’s all about sharing the joys of flying, learning new skills and striving to become a better aviator.

To date I’ve logged around 147 hours on three axis microlight aeroplanes and over 100 hours on helicopters. You can watch all my adventures on the Rory On Air YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on notifications!

In 2019 I took a leap of faith towards achieving my dream of becoming a professional helicopter pilot. I quit my job as a Studio Director at the BBC and enrolled on a full time integrated commercial helicopter pilot training course at Helicentre Aviation in Leicestershire. I’m learning on a Guimbal Cabri G2 heli – see the pilot page for more on the aircraft I can fly. I hope to graduate in December 2020 with a CPL (H) and a frozen ATPL (H) IR.

Latest Video
Flying Eyes Sunglasses

I’ve struggled for years with sunglasses that don’t quite work for me in the cockpit. They often cause compression pain on my head and spoil the seal around my headset ear cups, making the noise cancelling less effective.

That’s until I discovered Flying Eyes. These amazing glasses are designed for pilots, bikers and helmet users. The temples are incredibly thin yet strong and flexible and they’ve already made a big difference to my airborne comfort.

Get 10% off across their entire range with my RORYONAIR discount. Click here for more info.

Gear for Filming

I get a lot of questions about the setup I use to film and record my flights so I thought it would be helpful to share some information about the kit I use. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch via social media or the contact page.

Hero 7 Black and Hero 5 Black GoPro cameras

Video settings

I usually shoot 1080p or 2.7k, 30fps with gopro colour, auto white balance and the iso limited to 400. On really bright days it’s sometimes worth using an ND filter over the lense.

Panasonic Lumix G80 with Kit Lens

Audio recording

Audio is recorded via a splitter cable into a Zoom H1. I also us a 40db pad (attenuator) to reduce the input audio level before it reaches the recorder. This helps to avoid distortion.

Feiyutech G6 Plus Gimbal
Insta 360 One X
DJI Spark Drone
Adobe Premiere Pro on a 27” iMac