The New Gyron 945 Completes its First Flight

October 3, 2009

After 8 years of intense R&D, the world’s best gimbal is now even better. The Gyron 945 is making great progress. It’s about to revolutionize aerial shooting, setting a whole new standard of performance and creativity. Gyron’s new unique robust, reliable design easily scales up or down to accommodate any sensor payload. Attached is our ad with the actual hardware flying for the first time. The photo was taken during the STC test flight last Friday. The new 945 and single-post bracket passed all FAA tests with flying colors. Check out our websites for details. STAY TUNED!

Gyron 945 First Flight

Gyron 945 First Flight

Contact:

Richard Ivler – Director of Marketing
Wolfe Air Aviation
Gyron Systems International
(626) 584-4060
richard@danwolfe.com

– OPERATION SAVE OUR SIERRA – “Gyron Eagle” provides airborne support for $1.3 Billion counter drug operation.

July 29, 2009

Fresno County, California. Patriot Technologies Group, (PTG) LLC publicly announced today their participation in Operation Save our Sierra (SOS) which utilized Wolfe Air’s “Gyron Eagle”, a highly modified Cessna 337, as an airborne surveillance camera platform. Authorities stated that the raids on illicit marijuana farms have yielded more than $1.3 billion worth of the crop.
A previously confidential operation announced today by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and the Honorable Gil Kerlikowske, the White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Operation “Save Our Sierra” has been an ongoing two week multi-agency law enforcement operation to impact the illegal growing of marijuana on public lands. The largest operation of its kind in the history of Fresno County, Operation SOS has resulted in the eradication of over 300,000 marijuana plants and more then 82 arrests to date.
Contact:
Richard Ivler – Director of Marketing
Wolfe Air Aviation
Gyron Systems International
(626) 584-4060
richard@danwolfe.com

Wolfe Air Provides Aerials for Paramount’s “Up in the Air”

May 14, 2009

upintheair.crewWolfe Air Aviation is currently providing aerial sequences for the upcoming Paramount release of “Up in the Air” starring George Clooney and directed by Jason Reitman. Aerial Producer Beth Miles put together Wolfe Air’s team of the industry’s top pilots, cameramen and technicians who will fly the Nettmann/Vectorvision equipped Wolfe Air Learjet to 14 cities coast-to-coast while filming.

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

Gyron 945 HI-DEF is in production

March 31, 2009

The much anticipated Gyron 945 gimbal has begun production at Gyron’s Southern California facility. The 945 incorporates all of the features that made the model 935 the ultimate gyrostabilized gimbal, and adds a whole new level of quality, reliability and features that have always been unique to Gyron. With the new gimbal, Gyron continues to provide the absolute best systems that no other gimbal manufacturer has been able to come close to matching.

The 945 will be fully compatible with the Sony F23/F35, and Red cameras, and will be the only gimbal to have a dedicated system featuring the Panavision Genesis camera with their 11:1 lens. Each gimbal is designed for the particular camera that it will use; no short cuts will be made to fit a camera into a generic gimbal, thus setting Gyron apart from the other systems on the market.

Flight-testing is expected to begin late summer 2009. Check back for updates on the progress of this amazing new addition to the Gyron line.

Contact Richard Ivler, Director of Marketing for additional information at (626) 584-8722 or richard@danwolfe.com.

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

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 Airshowbuzz.com 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):

http://www.airshowbuzz.com/videos/view.php?v=8

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.

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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.

Contact:

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

http://www.wolfeair.com