San Francisco Bay Area Helicopter Tours & Services

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SF Bay Aerial Photo & Film Helicopter Flights

PRIVATE Helicopter San Francisco Tour – R66

San Francisco aerial photography



Professional Aerial Photography in San Francisco

Whether you are an amateur looking to build your portfolio or a professional with a specific shot list. 

First of all, Bay Aerial offers a variety of unique aerial photo options to consider.  From drone services to our fleet of aircraft featuring our new Robinson 66 as well as our Robinson 44

We are well-equipped to handle any and all photo, film, and cinematography projects.  The modern design of the R66, allows for an incredibly capable, stable and cost effective platform for aerial photography, film work and videography.  Flying in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, this aircraft offers the best performance, smoothest ride, and amazing stability for photo and film work.  We have photographers from all over the world that come specifically for this quality service.

Bay Aerial offers our professional photographer or videographer a safe, doors off (camera operator’s side only) policy.  Our pilots are thorough, efficient and intimately knowledgeable of the San Francisco geography, lighting, weather and travel times to and from a given location.  Our company policy does not allow additional passengers on professional photo flights.  Consequently, it is essential for us to provide a focused and safe working environment. 

Bay Aerial’s policy is based on a 1 hour minimum rate. 

We fly as efficiently as possible to ensure you have everything you need for your shotlist and maximize your flight time.  All shot locations and altitudes must be approved by Bay Aerial in advance.


(Please call for pricing and availability)

Office: 650-281-8282

Professional Photo Services – One photohgrapher only-$950 per hour, $600 for every additional half hour, $1050 per hour for night flights.                                                                                                                               Instagram/Multiple photographers- 2 persons $1250, 3 persons $1450, additional half hr-$750

All photo flights are operated with the photographer on the right side, behind the pilot.  We do this for the following reasons:

  1. This allows the pilot to have the same view as the photographer.
  2. The pilot can clear blades from photo frames much easier with this view.
  3. No tail rotor on the right side ensures a safer operation as less chance of objects exiting cockpit and hitting tail rotor.
  4. Right turns are power saving turns and offer increased performance.
  5. More stable for cameras near the rotor mast and allows for bonus work space on the left rear seat.
  6. Prevents bags, straps and equipment from interfering with the pilot and control panels.

Pilot fee for 2 hours or more is an additional $250.

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Video/Film Support

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Office: 650-281-8282

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.  While 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.  Then on to our ultimate high end remote joystick operated Cineflex gyro stabilized 5 axis gimbal.  Along with choices of Sony 1500 2k, or the RED EPIC 4K, 5K, 6K and even 8k camera.  We also offer 25-250mm & 50-1000mm lens with a 1.5 extender for a true and unique 1500mm long lens option.

Entry level (dslr) is an inexpensive option and sometimes a sufficient option.  Therefore, it has zoom limitations due to the lack of stabilization.  As a result, 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.

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