+VIDEO CineJet, an Aero L-39 Albatros jet featuring a customised six-axis, gyro-stabilised camera system, and designed for high-speed aerial cinematography has been given its debut at NBAA17 by Helinet Aviation.
Developed in partnership with the Patriots Jet Team, CineJet provides optimal jet aircraft performance, excellent manoeuvrability, and unprecedented camera angle options due to the sleek profile of the aircraft and the innovative mounting of the F1 camera platform.
CineJet was developed to address the growing demand to shoot high-speed objects for television, feature films, high-performance photography, scientific research, and commercial OEM aircraft marketing.
The Shotover F1 camera system used by Helinet on CineJet is specifically tailored for the unique capabilities of the jet platform, providing incredible dynamic range and unsurpassed 8K image quality at elevated speeds exceeding 350 knots and during maneuvers approaching 3Gs.
The open platform design of the F1 system allows for future resolution growth and a comprehensive range of professional camera and lens combinations depending on the needs of each client, and as new technology comes to market.
Further increasing the functionality and capabilities of CineJet is a specially developed multiple antenna array, installed by RF Film Inc., to deliver high definition video, GPS data, and ground-to-air audio communication.
“We’re raising the bar in terms of what productions can capture from aerial cinematography,” said Helinet CEO Kathryn Purwin. “No existing aerial platform offers the same level of performance, flexibility, and unique image gathering capabilities.”
The aircraft will be flown by Helinet’s VP of Aerial Film Production, Kevin LaRosa II and Patriots Jet Team Founder, Randy Howell. For over 16 years Kevin has served the film industry’s top productions as a stunt pilot and aerial coordinator, and is a member of SAG and the Motion Picture Pilots Association. Randy has accumulated more than 23,000 hours of flight time and has over 30 years of flying experience with United Airlines. He has been an advanced instructor in aerobatics, formation, UPRT as well as a Check Airman and Simulator Instructor in a multitude of aircraft.
About Helinet Aviation
Helinet Aviation Services is a diversified helicopter transportation provider located in Van Nuys, California. With over 30 years in business, the company has earned a highly trusted and widely respected reputation for its exceptional pilots, unparalleled service, and an outstanding safety record.
Helinet serves the following markets: VIP charter, emergency medical services including patient and organ transport, electronic news gathering, motion picture, television and commercial production, and airborne law enforcement. Its mission is, and has always been, to be Southern California’s preferred carrier for safe, responsive and reliable rotor wing services. For more information: http://www.helinet.com
About Patriots Jet Team
The Patriots Jet Team is the only six-jet precision aerobatic demonstration team in North America. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, the Patriots are the civilian version of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, and Canadian Snowbirds featuring world-class pilots who have flown for all of these military demonstration teams.
For the past ten years, the Patriots have performed in their sleek, jet-black L-39 aircraft at numerous air shows and special events, principally in the U.S. western states. http://www.patriotsjetteam.com