Archive for the ‘Aerial Cinematography’ Category

BO-105 Added to Wolfe Air Fleet

January 9, 2013


Wolfe Air, in our newly formed alliance with feature film producer Remington Chase, has just added an amazing new film production helicopter to its fleet. This Twin-Engine BO-105, like Red Bull uses for its incredible aerobatic performances, has many additional mind blowing one-of-a-kind upgrades. It is the ultimate camera platform or story ship.

Call Wolfe Air for details.


Richard Ivler – Director of Marketing

Wolfe Air Aviation / Gyron Systems International

(626)372-5190 cell

(626)584-4069 fax


Wolfe Air/Gyron and Mars Curiosity

August 22, 2012


 August 9, 2012

In 2011 Wolfe Air & Gyron teamed up with JPL and NASA for a couple of months in places like Edwards Air Force Base, Furnace Creek and our base at HawthorneAirport. The purpose of the operation was to test various parameters of the landing profile for Mars Curiosity. The actual antenna array that’s now up on Mars was mounted to the nose of Wolfe Air’s A-Star helicopter for almost two months. Jim Montgomery, part of the JPL Curiosity team, said that “everybody at Wolfe Air should be proud of helping to enable a safe landing on Mars for Curiosity!”

We are indeed proud to have supported some of the nicest and smartest people on this planet while they gathered the necessary data to make the miraculous Mars landing the flawless achievement it ended up being.



Richard Ivler

Director of Marketing

Wolfe Air Aviation / Gyron Systems International




UPDATED WITH CLIPS: Gyron Captures P-51’s for

March 17, 2009

gyronp511In the final week of February, 2009, a team of aerial cinematography experts, including Aerial D.P. Doug Holgate, Aerial Coordinator / Camera Pilot Kevin Larosa and Gyron Technician / Producer Scott Smith converged at the Friedken’s Comanche Ranch south of Houston near the Mexican border to capture an amazing Air Show routine. Three vintage P-51 Mustangs were flown by Dan Friedkin, Ed Shipley and lead pilot Jim Beasley for incredible footage that will be used by in Ed Shipley’s latest project called ‘The Horsemen Cometh’. Major “Max” Moga, who was on board the Eurocopter B3 helicopter with the Hi Def Gyron mounted on the nose to capture the three Mustang’s routine, will narrate the documentary. Moga was very impressed with the Gyron system and mentioned that he had never seen aerial footage captured this well before.

According to Holgate, “we were able to go out to the end of the Fujinon 42 times lens and hold the entire Air Show from beginning to end with the three P-51’s wingtip to wingtip and sometimes even tighter, with total stability.” Noted Larosa, “the stability of the Gyron allowed us to stand off and pick our times to move closer to the Mustangs when we needed to” while Holgate added that “the ability of the Gyron system to hold stability at the end of the lens while pulling lateral G’s or in a rapid descent is key to getting these types of moves captured”.

CHECK OUT THE GYRON CAPTURED CLIPS HERE (and be sure to read the comments):

Wolfe Air Shoots Transformers II

March 6, 2009

After shooting amazing aerial sequences for the movie, “Transformers”.  It was an obvious choice for film director Michael Bay, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, Dream Works, and Paramount Studios, to request the services of Wolfe Air Aviation on their next film, “Transformers (II): Revenge of the Fallen”.

Wolfe Air Aviation began shooting sequences for this film in August 2008, and aerial work continued into January 2009.  Working hand-in-hand with the United States Air Force, Wolfe Air Aviation filmed sequences with several military aircraft:  F-22’s , and C-130’s. 

Wolfe Air Aviation flew their specialized LearJet 25, which is the aerial platform for their unique Vectorvision camera system.  (This system can shoot film, IMAX, High-Def, or any video formats.)

The Wolfe Air team for this project consisted of:  Kevin LaRosa (Aerial Coordinator), Tom McMurtry (Pilot), and David Nowell (Aerial DP).

High-end images come from a perfect combination of experience and equipment.  That’s why Wolfe Air Aviation is the choice of top professionals.

Wolfe Air Photographs New Delta 747 Plane

January 30, 2009

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE – December 16, 2008

Leading Edge and Delta Air Lines go with Wolfe Air and Wolfe And Company Films for aerial filming of the first Northwest 747 re-painted into post-merger Delta colors.

Los Angeles, CA – When Atlanta based Delta Air Lines needed to document the repainting and delivery of the first Northwest Boeing 747-400 to display the Delta livery, they, along with Leading Edge Aviation Services, turned to DGA Director Dan Wolfe.

When the 747 was rolled out of the paint shop, Dan and his legendary team of talent from Wolfe Air Aviation, Gyron and Wolfe And Company Films boarded the Wolfe Air Learjet to taxi alongside the gleaming jumbo jet. Moments later they took to the skies to create some stunning air-to-air sequences. Using Wolfe Air’s exclusive Vectorvision, Bob Nettmann’s newest aerial system with it’s state-of-the-art horizon roll, zoom and substantially faster optics that provide unmatched creative latitude, Dan’s team was able to film a variety of incredible “magic light” shots.

The Learjet-based Vectorvision system is just one of the incredible aerial camera capabilities of Wolfe Air Aviation and it’s subsidiary, Gyron Systems International. Gyron’s “Super-G” is the ultimate film gimbal. Vectorvision (Film or HI-DEF) and the Gyron 935/945 gyrostabilized gimbals with HI-DEF Sony cameras and super-sharp zoom lenses are the preferred choice of all of the major studios and production companies. With a fleet of aircraft to fulfill any mission and a motto of “Zero to Mach .82”, Wolfe Air and Gyron offer the best crew, the best aircraft and the best camera systems, from digital stills to film to HI-DEF to IMAX, from ground level to near-stratosphere.


Wolfe Air Aviation, Ltd. is based in Pasadena, California and owns and operates a Stage-III Learjet 25, a highly modified Twin-Cessna 337 and an A-Star helicopter all equipped with state-of-the-art aerial film, high-definition and digital camera systems. Clients include Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop, the U.S. Air Force along with virtually all of the airlines and film production companies.


Richard Ivler, Director of Marketing
Wolfe Air Aviation / Gyron Systems International
(626) 584-4060