Bay Aerial

San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter Tours & Services

Call Us Today! 650-281-8282

BAY AERIAL SERVICE- serving Northern California and Nevada for over 20 years.        Lake Tahoe &  San Francisco 

Services include Film, Film support, Video, Photography, Game/Animal count/control, Pipeline Patrol, Tower Survey, Cineflex, GSS, Lidar, Thermal imaging, Search, Mapping, Tours, Private Events, nose mount available etc.

Smooth, and comfortable Private Helicopter flights, For over 20 yrs we have offered Unique Aerial adventures, Photography, Video, Film, Rides, Fun, and other services. We operate well maintained aircraft and put safety first, efficient flight planning/routing, extensive local knowledge, and the end results are amazing and memorable experiences !


Bay Aerial specializes in Private 1 hr Flights.

“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 airplanes.  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.

Year after year BAY AERIAL has been named “one of the Best private HELICOPTER 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 flights. 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 amazing aerial views.

Our reviews are a testament to our unparalleled customer service and the unique experiences that come with it!

        For custom Photo work Call 650-281-8282

        PRIVATE 1 hr  Helicopter PHOTO Service

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Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary, proposal, corporate event, or just looking for an exclusive view of California, our flights 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.

You can see things like only birds can, the renowned and beautiful Lake Tahoe, and the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada Mountains.


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, Bring your favorite camera and …come fly with us!


PRIVATE Helicopter San Francisco Photo Flights

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. 

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


Here at Bay Aerial we promote the “fly neighborly” motto. We do our best to respect others on the ground, birds and marine life, by flying aware, 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 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 flights vs Airplane flights, Pilots and the local industry:

More interesting information: It is a well known fact that helicopters are the “real deal” for visibility. Unfortunately other tour companies take advantage of customers and use airplanes, as they are cheep to purchase, and cheeper to operate.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, far less  visibility. Definitely NOT the aircraft used in the Grand Canyon or in Hawaii. Definitely not the right tool for the job.

Helicopters, simply offer a softer, smoother, more comfortable ride with MUCH greater visibility and maneuverability. Do your due diligence as Its a “night and day” difference. Also be aware of your pilots experience. Other operators have a high turn over of pilots, including some new ones to the Bay Area and 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 the right experience, or the local knowledge.

Regarding Stability for Photo and Film work –  We use the R66 as it is the smoothest, most stable, and safest option to offer the public. The commonly utilized and though inexpensive, the smaller Robinson R22 is nervous and thus not stable enough for professional results/photography or filmwork in the sometimes very windy San Francisco Bay Area. Even drones…while technically the safest option due to their “unmanned” aspect… do not have the capability, stability, intuition, artistic or decision-making capabilities 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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Come Fly With Us!

The perks of choosing Bay Aerial:

  • Honest, fair, and consistent pricing – no misleading “deals” or “discounts”. no short or money grabbing quick flights missing iconic sights. 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 The San Francisco Bay Area.
  • We also refer discounted licensed limousine and taxi services to help facilitate your experience, all available at booking.
  • Unparalleled flight efficiency, 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.

“San Francisco Scenic Helicopter Flight” September 28, 2015 – A TripAdvisor Traveler Read 38 reviews of Bay Aerial Helicopters

Unforgettable Experience

Bay Aerial offers stunning helicopter flights 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 Rides are an accessible and affordable activity you won’t soon forget

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Additional Services

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.

PRIVATE Helicopter San Francisco Flight – R66