BAY AERIAL HELICOPTER SERVICE offers San Francisco locals and Visitors amazing PRIVATE Site-seeing HELICOPTER TOURs. Fly around the Bay Area with a smooth, comfortable, and private R66 Helicopter, Disinfected daily for your safety. For over 20 yrs we offer Amazing scenic views, Fun, Rides, Photos, Tour, Video, Rental, and Unique San Francisco Photography Flights. Don’t get lured in to small, cramped, and uncomfortable airplanes or little helicopters! They simply cannot offer the comfort and visibility we do.
We put safety first, offer better aircraft, unique routing, extensive local knowledge, and the result is an amazing and memorable experience.
Bay Aerial Helicopter Service specializes in Private 1 hr San Francisco Tours.
“Often imitated, but never duplicated.” CHECK OUR REVIEWS!
The internet can be misleading, so Do not get taken advantage of with Paid Adds or pop-up websites, copycats and identical or confusing offerings. Do your research and beware of SMALL aircraft or airplane “tours”. Airplanes are nothing like a helicopter. Airplanes are small and cramped, THEY OFFER LIMITED VISIBILITY, and “its not worth it” say experienced clients, “limited visibility, the flight is bumpy and airsickness is common”. On the other hand, helicopters offer FAR better, in fact “amazing visibility” and are “smoother and much more comfortable” flights. Yes, they cost more, but “very worth it” says ALL of our customers. “there is nothing like a helicopter flight so dont waste your time with a cheep priced small airplane”. Also beware of flight schools with low time pilots also offering tours and boasting online about how great they are, do your due diligence and read genuine reviews not made up ones from insiders.
Year after year BAY AERIAL has been named “one of the Best private HELICOPTER Tour Service in San Francisco” by CBS News. “The visibility is amazing, and basically the customer experience is unbelievable “
Bay Aerial has been in business in the same location for 20+ years, and we offer experienced local pilots with “safety in mind” first and foremost, but also a honest unique approach, offering a smooth, comfortable, and PRIVATE one hour HELICOPTER TOUR. We also offer professional level photo and film services with extensive experience in the area. Even before the recent health concerns we at Bay Aerial disinfected and sanitized the interior of the aircraft weekly including sanitizing headsets. Now, sanitizing is a daily duty.
Ultimately Bay Aerial takes pride in customer satisfaction. Starting with our professional staff, a unique “good weather” approach, local knowledge, SUPERIOR equipment, and incident-free safety record we feel we really do offer the most genuine aerial TOUR in the Bay Area.
Our reviews are a testament to our unparalleled customer service and the unique experiences that come with it!
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Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary, proposal, corporate event, or just looking for an exclusive view of California, our tours combine the unique views of the San Francisco Bay Area with the smoothest, safest, most reliable aircraft in the industry and the enthusiasm 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:
- San Francisco Skyline
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Pier 39
- Alcatraz Island
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Palace of Fine Arts
- The Presidio
- 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 custom tours of the vineyards of Napa Valley, the renowned and beautiful 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, moment 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!
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Photo and Film Services
Our staff has a background in either photography and/or film production. We can offer photographers, videographers and professional production assistance defining shot lists and location support, that may include the city, The Golden Gate Bridge, vehicle tracking, traffic monitoring (both car and boat) and city waterfront vantage points. We also offer assistance with real estate, residential and commercial, photos or film. Bay Aerial has you covered on every level of production from helicopters, cameras, camera operators, mounts, live feeds and even a production truck. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, our aerial helicopter platform and available gyro-stabilized mount options will ensure that we can offer what you need.
Here at Bay Aerial we promote the “fly neighborly” motto. We do our best to respect others on the ground by flying less invasively, higher, smarter and in the end, safer. To get the most out of your flight, the right aircraft flown by the right pilot is an absolute must. Our reasonably priced Robinson 66 helicopters offer the most comfortable and safest platforms for tours, photography and cinematography. Our pilots (unlike other operators) have more than 20 years of experience and are also Bay Area locals with the unique knowledge base. Bay Aerial guarantees you a “sit back, relax and enjoy the views” type of flight.
Helicopter Tours vs Airplane Tours, Pilots and the local tour industry:
More interesting information: It is a well known fact that helicopter tours are the real deal for siteseeing. Unfortunately many tour companies use airplanes as they are cheep to purchase, then they tempt the unsuspecting customers with lower pricing, but the Airplanes are not at all the same thing, they are cramped, noisy, bumpy, they have smaller cockpit, and far less less visibility. Definitely NOT the aircraft used in the Grand Canyon or in Hawaii. Definitely not the real deal.
Helicopters, simply offer a softer, smoother, more comfortable ride with FAR greater visibility. Do your due diligence as Its a “night and day” difference. Also be aware of your pilots experience, many operators, including some new ones in the Bay Area would like you to believe they have lots of experience, when in fact they do not. Just because they can fly an aircraft doesn’t mean they have local tour and customer worthy experience.
Regarding Photo and Filmwork- We offer the R66 as the most affordable, smoothest, most stable, and safest option to offer the public as the smaller Robinson R22 is nervous and thus not stable enough for photography or filmwork in the sometimes very windy San Francisco Bay Area. Even drones…while technically the safest option due to their “unmanned” aspect…but they do not have the capability, stability, intuition, artistic or decision-making abilities that the human eye does.
Fly with a locally owned and operated business, as we take the extra time to help you understand the the area, the tour, the weather, and then we deliver your amazing experience.
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 equipment with the best possible pricing available and we strive to maintain transparency and customer satisfaction. Bay Aerial is not a flight school, or an inexperienced new company, nor a third party booking company or a broker marking up flights. Beware of “deals” and “discounts”, as this is coming out of your pocket one way or another. We present our rates honestly and make it as easy as possible to understand, 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 to fly with Bay Aerial, you’re choosing a company with 20 years of safe, incident-free operations. Bay Aerial is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and we make it a priority to employ only experienced commercial pilots operating modern aircraft that meet FAA Regulations and maintenance standards. Again, Safety is our number one concern.
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The perks of choosing Bay Aerial Tours:
- Honest, fair, and consistent pricing – no misleading “deals” or “discounts”. no short or money grabbing quick flights missing the “real tour”. Our one hour flight is perfect and most say “goes by too quickly”
- All of our guests enjoy a window seat on every flight.
- Top of the line equipment – our R66 Helicopters are safe, comfortable and regularly serviced by licensed, factory-trained engineers.
- We are conveniently located mid-peninsula, 30 minutes south of San Francisco
- Owned and operated for more than 20 years by Bay Area locals.
- Licensed FAA commercial pilots who have invested countless hours of flight time in and around San Francisco.
- We also refer discounted licensed limousine and taxi services to help facilitate your experience, all available at booking.
- Unparalleled flight efficiency, tour routing, and professional photographic insight.
- And a guaranteed amazing experience.
Serving the Bay Area for Over 18 Years
Bay Aerial is proud to have served the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. With our base of operations conveniently & centrally located mid peninsula at the San Carlos Airport, we are able to offer unmatched routing for our ONE hour Helicopter Adventure.
Our experienced team combines professionalism, local knowledge, fun, and safety to ensure that your helicopter experience is everything that you expect. Come visit us and see why this locally owned and operated business is the best kept secret in the Bay Area.
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
Bay Aerial’s local Geographic knowledgeable, Pilot experience and locally based modern equipment is poised to offer a wide range of services to industry professionals, including construction progress photography, film support, photography, helicopter survey, livestock and wild game counts, pipeline patrol, helicopter sales consultation, and more.
Bay Aerial offers a high level of experience, professionalism and flexibility, ensuring that your helicopter experience will be safe and memorable.