Aerial Camera Operations specializies in the installation and operation of gyro-stabilized camera systems for the Motion Picture and Television Industry.
 
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 Heli As355 Cineflex

 

The AS355/350 Nose Mount HD - The current standard for aerial HD shooting, the Eurocopter AS355 Twinstar and the AS350 Astar share the same airframe and therefore the same mounting bracket.  A light weight design, this single pole bracket provides the best of both worlds - a clear nose point of view and a wide range angle of view from the side of the aircraft.  The combination of the lightweight Cineflex camera system and this bracket give the operator great range to operate with with little compromise to helicopter performance. This shot is Blackcomb Aviation's AS355 Twinstar with the Cineflex HD system that was used this past February for the Vancouver Olympic promotional footage shot in and around Whistler and Vancouver, BC

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The AS350/355 Nose Mount for Film - The airfilm 100/200 series bracket can carry a variety of camera systems on the nose of the Eurocopter 355/350 helicopter.  The bracket design is larger and more complex than the Single Pole version but allows for heavier and larger camera systems to be installed such as this Pictorvision Eclipse system with Red One Camera package.  This bracket is also compatible with low and high skid gear.  This installation on Four Seasons Twinstar was the debut of Eclipse #4 on its first flight in Toronto on May 19th, 2010. 

 Heli As355 sidemount Wescam

 

The AS350/355 Sidemount - An original Wescam design, the Gullwing bracket was a standard for installation of the larger Wescam ball systems.  It works with existing hardpoints requiring no aircraft modifications.  The aftermarket extended sidepods do however create an obstruction. This installation of the Wescam HD Camera ball is on Four Seasons Aviation AS355 Twinstar for a documentary.

 Heli Bell 206B nose Cineflex

 

The Bell 206B Jetranger Nosemount - The venerable Jetranger is once again a viable camera ship with the advent of the Airfilm G1 utility bracket.  This nosemount which can carry a variety of camera types is an ideal position for the forward POV shoot for the camera.  This installation also includes the optional counterweight arm which is installed under the aft cargo hold. This installation is ideal for a cameraman and pilot, any extra bodies tends to compromise available fuel load and performance. I used this helicopter for aerials on the 2008 Xterra US Championships in Lake Tahoe.  Using the cool air in the morning and keeping minimal crew on board helps the helicopter performance especially when you're operating at 7000-8000'.

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The Bell 206L Longranger Sidemount - The longranger is the stretched version of the jetranger with the option of stronger engines and more available payload.  This sidemount installation featuring the Wescam 24DB camera system uses a combination of existing hardpoints as well as additional upper fuselage hardpoints.  The side mount bracket is certified to carry the small Wescam 16" system right up to the larger 36" Film systems. This Wescam 24DB installation was on the Survivor Vanuatu show and that's not a cloud but an erupting volcano in the background! 

 Heli Bell407 Nose

 

The Bell 407 Nosemount - The Airfilm G1 utility mount has certification for the Bell 407 as well as the Bell 206 series of helicopters.  The 407 is an ideal platform for aerial shooting as it combines a very powerful motor with a very smooth rotor system.  The result is a helicopter that you can fly with extra people onboard and a full tank of fuel and still have the maneuvering power to get the shot. This particular installation was for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii - its nice when the pilot, producer, and myself can travel with a full tank of gas in air conditioned comfort, yeah - I like this bird! 

 

Ground Based Applications

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Snowcam - A unique application designed by Aerial Camera Operations, Snowcam utilizes the stabilized camera systems (Wescam/Cineflex) onboard a snowmobile.  All camera operations are remoted to separate location allowing just the snowmobile driver to be aboard during operations.  This particular configuration was used for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler BC to track skiers along various portions of the competition venue.

 Camera Truck 1

 

Camera Truck A  - A custom built mount for the Gyron camera system allowed for 2 complete camera systems to be installed on top of this SUV for the Belmont Stakes.  Electrical power for the camera system was provided from the vehicle directly with a battery backup.  The truck ran the inside Turf track at Belmont to follow the horse race from the backstretch through to the finish.  The Gyron is uniquely adept at the rougher conditions onboard a camera truck.  

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Camera Truck B -  Another custom built bracket for a standard pickup truck was built for the feature Documentary "Crimes Against Nature" in 2007.  This installation was built for the Cineflex camera system and was ideal for shooting highway sequences or making slow tracking shoots.  The ability to use local vehicles and a bracket system that can be easily assembled makes it a low cost alternative for tracking shots.  Power for the camera system and onboard recorders was provided via the trucks electrical system. 

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Pontoon Boat -  On water tracking shoot were requires for the World Canoe and Kayak championships in Dartmount, NS in 2009.  This setup allowed the boat to track along side the racers and provide precise coverage of the leaders as they jockeyed back and forth for the lead during the race.  The setup is mitigated the movement caused by wake or wave.