San Francisco Aerial Photography, Video & Film Support
Bay Aerial Helicopter Service offers two packages: “San Francisco Photo Flights” and “San Francisco Video & Film Flights“.
Both are operated with the Robinson R44 Helicopter. Its modern design allows it to become a very capable and cost effective aircraft for aerial photography and videography in San Francisco. Flying in and around San Francisco Bay Area, the R66 & R44 offer the best performance and stability for all aerial photography and video or film requirements. Take a look at our past San Francisco aerial photography flights here.
Why hire an uninsured or potentially dangerous “drone”/RC toy to do a professional’s job? Flying a small and unstable helicopter will result in shaky video – with no room for equipment and marginal emergency capabilities. Compared to smaller aircrafts, your safety and video stability is greatly increased when flying in the state of the art Robinson R66 & R44. Similarly, hiring a much more expensive aircraft would be unnecessary as our aircraft are just as safe and equally capable, at half the price.
Bay Aerial Helicopter Services offers your professional photographer or videographer a safe door off, camera operator only on-board policy. Our pilots are fast, efficient, and intimately knows San Francisco’s geography. Because of the limited transition speeds with doors-off and the potentially quick aircraft maneuvers, no additional passengers are allowed. This creates an efficient, focused, and safe operating 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.
$630/hr – R44- for Photographers, 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 hitting tail blade if something comes out of cockpit.
- Right turns are power saving turns not power robbing offering increased performance.
- More stabile for photo ops near the rotor mast with a bonus work desk with the other empty rear seat.
- No bags, straps or equipment can get accidentally caught in the front left pedal holes, why?…no one will be sitting there.
- 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 (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 or 6K RED EPIC – $4,200 day rate.
Sony 2K HD 1500 – $2,800 day rate.
Cineflex mount flights –
R44 Helicopter only – $650/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 requires 3 hrs standby).
FAA – sign off- $300.00
Bay Aerial Helicopter Services offers entry level to high end broadcast quality equipment. Our team includes operators, photographers, and videographers as well. Gyrostabilizers, Cineflex, nose mounts, live downlinks, assistants, 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 film production and storyboard. 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 our own 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 camera. We also offer 50-1000 Prime lens with a 1.5 extender for a true 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.