Bay Aerial

San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter Tours & Services

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Bay Aerial Helicopter Service

Often imitated, never duplicated”

Bay Aerial has been named “one of the best private helicopter tour services in San Francisco” by CBS News.

We have been offering unique, private aerial tours as well as professional photo and film services since for nearly 20 years. Bay Aerial takes pride in our professional pilots, state -of-the-art equipment and incident-free safety record. Our reviews are a testament to our unparalleled customer service and the thrills that come with it!

 

Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary, proposal, corporate event, or just looking for an exclusive view of California, our tours combine the renowned views of the San Francisco Bay Area with the enthusiasm, reliability and safety of a locally owned and operated professional.

Our helicopter tours include all the major sights and attractions the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer including: the San Francisco skyline, the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s WharfPier 39Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Tiburon, the Palace of Fine Arts, The Presidio, and Golden Gate Park. You will also see the famous Pacific Coast Hwy and its gorgeous coastal cliffs where a keen eye can spot dolphins, seals and even whales! Bay Aerial doesn’t stop there though as we offer tours of the vineyards of Napa Valley, the renowned Lake Tahoe, the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as the Sacramento Delta and California’s most popular whitewater rapids courtesy of the American River.

Each and every one of these truly remarkable Northern California treasures offers an unforgettable, scenic aerial view all from the comfort and safety of our well maintained fleet of helicopters. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime…come fly with us!

PRIVATE Helicopter San Francisco Tour – R66

Photo and Film Services

All of our staff have a background in either photography and/or film production. We can offer photographers, videographers and production companies professional assistance with shot lists that include the city skyline, AT&T Park/Levi Stadium, the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, traffic monitoring (both car and boat) and city waterfront footage. We also offer assistance with real estate photos, commercial and non-commercial. Bay Aerial has you covered on every level of production from operators, cameras, mounts, downlinks and of course…helicopters! We can also provide production trucks if needed. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, our aerial helicopter platform and gyro-stabilized mount options will ensure that you have unlimited angles and unique shots.

Our wide range of helicopter services also includes custom requests. Contact us for more info.

The benefits of flying in San Francisco

Here at Bay Aerial we adhere to the “fly neighborly” motto. We do our best to respect others on the ground because flying safer and smarter means flying less invasively. To get the most out of your flight, the right aircraft flown by the right pilot is an absolute must. Our reasonably priced Robinson 44 and Robinson 66 helicopters offer the most comfortable and safest platforms for tours, photography and cinematography. Our pilots have almost 20 years of experience and are Bay Area locals with the unprecedented knowledge that only locals possess. Bay Aerial guarantees you a “sit back, relax and enjoy the views” type of flight.

Why we prefer helicopters to airplanes: Helicopters will do things airplanes cannot. They can fly straight up or down, backwards or sideways. They can conjointly hover in one spot without much movement. One of the biggest differences between planes and helicopters is how they create lift. A planes need lift, thrust, force and drag in order to lift off and fly. A helicopter generates lift simply by spinning its rotors very rapidly; it does not need to be moving in order to generate lift. Another significant advantage that helicopters have is that they are able to access places with no suitable space or runway for a fixed-wing aircraft.

A few more advantages:

– Speed over long distances.

– Access to remote areas such as mountain ranges and large water expanses.

– Faster mobilization than fixed-wing craft.

– Superior visibility

– Sizable cockpit

– Low altitudes do not impact performance.

– Quick maneuverability.

– Little to no turbulence.

In the aviation industry, you get what you pay for. We hand-picked the Robinson 44 and 66 as the Robinson 22 is small and not an ideal helicopter for tours, photography or videography. Even drones…while technically the safest option due to their “unmanned” aspect…do not have the intuition, artistic or decision-making abilities that the human eye does and are incapable of providing the quality views and shots that an individual person can deliver.

Fly with the best of the best,  no shenanigans.

Bay Aerial was started by a local San Fransisco pilot who still runs the company today. We keep our overhead low so that we can offer you the best possible pricing available and we strive to maintain transparency and customer satisfaction. Bay Aerial is not a flight school, third party booking company or a broker. We make it as easy as possible to book and fly with no hassle. We could go on but don’t take our word for it, check out what our previous clients have to say!

Safety is our top priority!

When you choose Bay Aerial Helicopters, you’re choosing a company with 20 years of safe, incident-free flying. Bay Aerial is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and we make it a top priority to employ only experienced commercial pilots operating modern FAA regulated aircraft that meet federal maintenance standards. Flying with Bay Aerial is the the safest way to enjoy a helicopter flight in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

PRIVATE Helicopter San Francisco Tour – R66

Come Fly With Us!

 

The perks of choosing Bay Aerial:

  • Honest, fair, and consistent pricing – no misleading deals or discounts.
  • All of our guests enjoy a window seat on every flight.
  • Top of the line equipment – our R44 and R66 are safe, comfortable and serviced regularly by licensed, factory-trained engineers.
  • We are conveniently located mid-peninsula, 30 minutes south of San Francisco – no big city traffic!
  • Owned and operated for almost 20 years by Bay Area locals.
  • Licensed FAA commercial pilots who have invested countless hours of flight time in and around San Francisco.
  • We provide licensed limousine and taxi services as well as other amenities that are available on request.
  • Unparalleled flight efficiency, tour routing, and professional photographic insight.
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Serving the Bay Area for Over 17 Years

Bay Aerial is proud to have served the San Francisco Bay Area for over 17 years. With our heliport conveniently & centrally located mid peninsula at the San Carlos, Airport we are able to offer an unmatched one hour Helicopter Adventure.

Our experienced team combines professionalism, local knowledge, fun, and safety to ensure that your helicopter experience is everything that you’re looking for. Honesty and safety are our two best traits. Come visit us and see why a local owner/operator business can be the best kept secret experience of the Bay Area.

Unforgettable Experience

Bay Aerial offers stunning helicopter tours of the San Francisco Bay Area region, and beyond. Tour all your favorite SF attractions, or go outside the city and explore scenic Northern California.

Our team knows the best destinations and most exciting views, and we combine our industry-leading safety practices with fun and adventure. Perfect for that amazing experience, couples, and families, our Helicopter Tours are an accessible and affordable activity you won’t soon forget.

Additional Services

Bay Aerial’s local Geographic knowledgable, Pilot experience and locally based modern equipment is poised to offer a wide range of services to industry professionals, including film support, photography, helicopter survey, livestock and wild game counts, pipeline patrol, helicopter sales consultation, and more.

Our team offers the utmost in experience, professionalism and flexibility, ensuring that your helicopter service needs will be met and exceeded. Please Contact Us to learn more about our diverse capabilities and services.