About Us

Your eyes in the sky, and your team on the ground.

Darkwing Aerials was founded in 2012 as one of the first fully licensed UAV companies in South Africa. With extensive aerial cinematography and film experience with several local and international productions, Darkwing quickly became a favourite in the industry. In 2015, Darkwing added to their service offering by introducing a focus on the main industrial sectors.

With a combination of film and industrial inspection experience, Darkwing has evolved into one of the leading UAV companies with an extensive service offering.

Darkwing is able to provide bespoke drone solutions which encompass our varied and extensive service offering, and are specifically tailored to our clients’ needs.

The Darkwing team

Dean Engela
Dean Engela
CEO & Founder
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Darkwing Aerials was founded by Dean Engela in 2012 through his passion for film and the desire to bring a different perspective to the viewer. His combination of on-set and cinematography experience has led to a collaboration of multi-axial shots that have been made possible through the use of a drones.

Tammy Green
Tammy Green
Aerial Producer
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Tam, Darkwing's Aerial Producer, is well-established in the film industry amongst many fellow producers and production crew. She represents the face of Darkwing when it comes to all things client-related. She is commended for her excellent client service skills, and coming from an agency advertising background, she brings her invaluable understanding of production to our team.

Ceil Reyneke
Ceil Reyneke
Head of Production and Coordinator
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Thomas McCleod
Thomas McCleod
QAQC & HSE Manager
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Tom has been with the Darkwing team since 2012. He is behind the various permissions that Darkwing has secured over the years, giving our team the cutting edge when it comes to flying in unexplored locations.

Oliver "FPV Boy" Lane
Oliver "FPV Boy" Lane
FPV & Drone Pilot
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Oli is a permanent FPV and drone pilot on the Darkwing team. With a start in FPV, his drone control skills are sought after by clients – and envied by fellow pilots.

Timothee Ferreira
Timothee Ferreira
FPV & Drone Pilot
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Timmi is one of our FPV pilot & cinematographer who is known for being passionate & puts massive effort into every project he takes on. Timmi has a high spirited demeanor and adapts to whatever is required of him. 

He keeps his head up and his heart humble.

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Jeff Kurr
Producer
Sharkweek | Discovery Channel
"It was a pleasure to meet you and your team, you guys are total pros and do great work. Beyond appreciative of your efforts. I will highly recommend you to anyone and everyone at Discovery."

Our approvals make it easy to get off the ground.

Darkwing Aerials has flight permissions to fly over national key points
National key points
Darkwing has permission to fly over people
Over people
Darkwing Aerials has permission to fly over roads
Over roads
Darkwing Aerials has permission to fly at night
At night
Darkwing Aerials has permission to fly near airports
Near airports
Darkwing Aerials has permission to fly in Sanparks and Cape Nature
Sanparks & Cape Nature

FILM SERVICES

Leading drone cinematography

The Darkwing team has spent over a decade flying our drones internationally for commercials, feature films, music videos, and more.

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INDUSTRIAL SERVICES

Low-risk inspections from great heights

We're using our drones to reshape the way the industrial sector manages and maintains quality surveying and inspections.

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Let's work together

CEO & Head of Film
Film Aerial Producer