Bay Aerial

San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter Tours & Services
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Welcome to Bay Aerial – San Francisco’s Leading Helicopter Tour Company

YES, We are the Actual Tour Operator...

Welcome to BAY AERIAL HELICOPTER Service offering "The Best Helicopter Tours in the San Francisco Bay Area". You have reached the actual operator, not a third party agent, or a discount house like 'Group On' or a booking house with a markup, and we are not an inexperienced startup company.

We are the Real Deal, and specialize in honesty, and experience offering unique private Aerial Tours around the beautiful San Francisco Area. Our local knowledge and actual base location, combined with our flight efficiency and tour routing, photographic insight, provide unparalleled benefits and numerous photo or film advantages for our clients. So come fly with safety conscious, experienced local pilots and take a unique aerial ride over-seeing The beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

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PLEASE NOTE: BAY AERIAL is an owner operated, "Locals Choice" HELICOPTER operation, centrally located on the San Francisco peninsula in San Carlos, offering unique private tours and unequaled photo flight services. You won't find Groupon here as we are straight and fair about our original pricing. We have been ranked as "The BEST Helicopter Tours" in the Bay Area by CBS News and have numerous satisfied Tour clients and professional photographers to vouch for that claim. All of our guests enjoy a window seat on each and every flight. Our unique tour routing and interesting local knowledge is yet another reason we are the best choice for your private tour. With over 15 years of incident free service, we offer safe, private, comfortable, and memorable helicopter adventures.

We at Bay Aerial Helicopters take pride in our simple, honest, genuine approach, when offering our unique San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter flights. For Tours and photography the right aircraft and an experienced pilot is a must. We fly airplanes as well but, We feel that our Affordably priced Robinson R44 Helicopter offers by far the most comfortable and safe platform for Tours, Film, Video, and Photography. Our pilots are 20 year locals with a great deal of local flight experience as well as knowledge.

Differences between helicopter and airplane rides:
Helicopters - unmatched visibility, lower altitudes, better routing, smooth, comfortable flight. Higher rates.
Airplanes - limited visibility, higher altitudes, limited routing, potentially bumpy flight. Feeling nauseous is not what you want. lower rates.

FYI, be aware of "discount" operators or flight schools using airplanes. These are usually operated with low time pilots that are "building time". These "discounted" rates have an inflated price to start with and are then supposedly "discounted", so in the end, the rate is NOT discounted at all.
Furthermore for photography, small helicopters (R22) are "nervous" and wind affected, unstable and yes a little cheaper, but "not worth it" in the words of actual clients.
Again, Don't get fooled by inexperienced flight schools filling downtime, or the cheaper and unstable "R22", or a "drone", they won't deliver the broadcast quality shot you seek.

We at Bay Aerial offer REAL Tour Aircraft - HELICOPTERS!! Visibility is UNMATCHED, We offer Experienced pilots with over 25 years of local knowledge and thousands of hours of flight time. We have two things in mind and they are, to supply you with genuine, honest information and then fly a safe Tour. Our Helicopters are well known for much better visibility, smoother flight characteristics and are far more comfortable than airplanes in the frequently windy San Francisco Bay Area skies. Do your research and then come see us and FLY IN A R44 HELICOPTER, the ideal aircraft for Aerial Tours and Photo and Film flights,
BAY AERIAL - THE REAL DEAL ! With REAL experience.
(3 passengers maximum. Weight limits apply)

Tour Description-
San Francisco City Skyline, Historic Alcatraz Island, The Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Palace of Fine Arts, The Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Awesome coastal views, Cliff caves, Dolphins, Seals and may be even Whales!! Other Photo flight options include Napa Valley and the Vineyards, Sacramento River Delta or may be beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. They all offer eye opening entertainment and truly unforgettable scenic views, all from the comfort, and safety of our modern helicopter .

Bay Aerial Services offers a safe, efficient, unique vantage point that only our San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter Tour and spectacular California coastline view can offer. Its truly amazing!! We are centrally located, and well positioned to offer a one of a kind, affordable San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter Tour Route.

For the Professional Photographer, or Videographer interested in City skylines, bridges, coastline, real estate, commercial or residential, scenic or architectural, whatever you choose, with our stable aerial helicopter platform you will be sure to have unlimited angles and unique and solid results.

Do you need a Photographer ? or Professional Videographer? Are you a Production House and need Film support, assistance with shotlists like Skyline Scenics, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, boats, city waterfront footage? We offer any level of production you might need. From operators, cameras, mounts, downlinks, helicopters to production trucks. Contact us for more info.

We operate weather permitting under F.A.A. regulations part 91. We supply experienced F.A.A licensed commercial pilots with thousands of hours of experience and fly comfortable state-of-the-art Robinson R44 helicopters equipped with comfortable Bose headsets.

Most importantly, Bay Aerial Helicopters are serviced and maintained regularly by licensed factory trained engineers. Safety is our first concern, comfort and fun is the end result. Come fly with us, and experience our San Francisco reveals for yourself.

Licensed Limousine Services available on request.

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Serving the Bay Area for Over 15 Years

Bay Aerial is proud to have served the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 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 Helicopter Tours

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 Helicopter Services

Bay Aerial's local Geographic knowledgable, experience and well equipped service is available to offer a unique experience to a wide range of 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.