Aerial Photography in San Francisco
Bay Aerial Helicopter Service offers two platforms for aerial photography, The Robinson R44 and the newer, stronger abnd much smoother R66. These modern designs allows for a very capable and cost effective platform for aerial photography and filmwork in The San Francisco area. Flying in and around San Francisco Bay Area, these aircraft offer the best performance and stability for all aerial photography or film requirements. Take a look at some photos over the years located in our gallery as well as some on each page of this site.
Bay Aerial Helicopter Services also offers a professional photographer or videographer a safe, door off, camera operator only, on-board policy. Our pilots are thorough, efficient, and intimately knowledgable of the San Francisco geography. Because of the limited transition speeds with multiple doors-off and profesional etiquette, no additional passengers are allowed on the “Profesional Photo Flights”. This allows for a focused, and safe working environment. Bay Aerial’s policy is based on a one hr minimum rate. We fly as efficiently as possible to assist the operators shotlist/workload and maximize the flight time. All photo locations and altitudes must be approved by Bay Aerial in advance.
Subject to availability, ONE profesional photographer only.
$730/hr – R44 – $950 for R66, After the first hour, it becomes 1/2 hr increments, (multiple hrs additional pilot fee applies).
All photo flights are operated with the photographer out of the right side rear of aircraft. We do this for the following reasons:
- Most importantly, This location allows the pilot to have the same view as the photographer.
- The pilot can clear blades from photo frames much easier with this view.
- No tail rotor on the right side ensures a safer operation as less chance of objects exiting cockpit and hitting tail rotor.
- Right turns are power saving turns not power robbing offering increased performance.
- More stabile for cameras near the rotor mast with a bonus work desk to the left on empty rear seat.
- No bags, straps or equipment can get accidentally caught in the front left pedal holes.
- This also gives pilot a clear view/cockpit to operate with, no photogs bumping into the controls or leaning in on pilot.
Night flights (after sunset and before sunrise) are an additional $100/hr in R44, $150 in R66 (call for availability).
Pilot Fee for 2 hrs or more is an additional $250.
Video & Film Flights Service
VIDEO/FILM small camera support – R44 helicopter only- $650/hr (recommend 8X gyro stabilizer).
CINEFLEX 5 axis Gimbal:
with 4k,5k, 6K or 8K RED EPIC Weapon- $4,200 day rate.
Sony 2K HD 1500 – $2,800 day rate.
Cineflex mount flights –
R44 Helicopter only – $730/hr with 3 hour minimum. (Call for Quote)
R66 Helicopter only- $1100/hr with 3 hr minimum
Zatz Nose mounts – $700 per day.
Film Pilot Fee – $1,000 full day.
Standby time – $250/hour. (Cineflex installation/removal requires 3 hrs standby).
FAA – sign off- $300.00
Bay Aerial Helicopter Services offers entry level all the way through to high end broadcast quality equipment. Our team includes Film Pilots, techs, operators, photographers, videographers, assistants as well as Gyrostabilizers, gimbals, nose mounts, live downlinks, editing, color correction, and full production services are also offered.
Or ……just the helicopter & pilot
Please call for more info, equipment availability and formal quotes.
The Northern California Coastline and The San Francisco Bay Area are well known for scenic skylines, iconic sites and the ever changing dramatic weather. At one moment the fog will be cascading over the coastal mountains, and the next moment, the sun will be lighting the bay like a show room. It is unique like no other location.
The beaches, coastal mountains, and winding coastal roads offer limitless possibilities with ideal backdrops for your storyboard and film production. There are many ways to approach your needs so take a moment to understand the options that we can offer. Our Film Services are flexible. You can use your own camera, gyro stabilizer, and camera operators. If you do not have them, we offer those services as well.
We cover simple handheld video camera needs all the way to bench mount gyro systems and then on to our ultimate high end remote joystick operated Cineflex gyro stabilized 5 axis gimbal with choices of Sony 1500 2k, or the RED EPIC 4K, 5K, 6K and even 8k camera. We also offer 50-1000 lens with a 1.5 extender for a true and unique 1500mm long lens option.
Entry level is an inexpensive option and sometimes a sufficient option. However, it has zoom limitations due to the equipment used. For a few more dollars you can step up to another option that offers increased capabilities with a noticeable ease of operation which will produce a higher levels of quality. Call for more info and we will assist in any way we can.