Bussmann Aviation prides itself on catering to the needs of the photographic community. We provide dual moving map GPS displays in the aircraft which are pre-programmed before each flight with each subject location. In this fashion we can efficiently ferry the helicopter from location to location and minimize time spent in the air hunting for the subject on the ground. (Note; For a larger view of any image or photo on this page simply roll your mouse cursor over the image and click on it)
We have a wide variety of camera mount options to meet every photographic mission and budget. Hand held still photographers have the option of sitting up front in the co-pilots seat and shooting with the door off, or through our exclusive "photo-hatch" removable window during cold weather operations. For more demanding assignments, we can remove the rears seats & doors and install our unique "photo-pad & step" system and the photographer can shoot directly out either side of the aircraft with much more freedom of movement and operating space to accommodate multiple lenses and camera bodies.
For video and film jobs, we can provide a pair of Panasonic 7" LCD video monitors which can mount in both the front and rear cabins. These monitors support both SD and HD (AJA Video downconverter) and 4:3 & 16:9. With our fuel and service trailer, we can also easily operate at remote locations all day long without having to break-off flight operations for refueling trips back to distant airports.
As safety is our number one priority, we provide all crew with:
o Safety harness with redundant security hardware for all door-off operations
o Suspender style constant wear life jackets and "Spare-Air" breathing devices for all over-water operations
For marine and film/video production missions our aircraft are equipped with the Technisonics TFM-500 UHF/VHF transceiver to facilitate 2-way communications with ground and boat crews. This radio provides coverage of the 138-174 MHz and 403-512 MHz bands. To facilitate air-to-ground communications for your production or project, we also have available, in-house, hand-held Marine band VHF transceivers and a pair of Motorola HT-750 hand-held VHF transceivers (including vehicle mount antennas and power supplies) with unique, private assigned frequencies licensed for the greater Washington metropolitan area.
We also have both the Kenyon KS-6 gyro and KS-8 image stabilization systems in house with 12 & 24v inverters available for rent. Designed to handle the more difficult assignments, the KS-6 provides utmost image stabilization for steady sequences with smooth panning. Troublesome vibrations are dampened out for medium format cameras or long lenses, without the loss of hand-held freedom of motion. The KS-6 is easily attached to camcorders, videotape television cameras, etc. to realize the full potential of telephoto and zoom lenses. The KS-6 is recommended for equipment as heavy as 6 lbs, the KS-8 will stabilize cameras up to 12 lbs in weight.
Kenyon KS-6 Gyro
For precision aerial survey work, we can offer engineering firms with a 12" negative still camera mount on the starboard side of the aircraft. In this configuration, the photographer sits in the rear of the aircraft and the view finder is positioned on the port side of the helicopter. The MD 500 is the perfect vehicle for those slow and low shots so often required for road construction projects.
For aerial video or film work, Bussmann Aviation offers a variety of mount and camera options. For point-of-view ("POV") work, customers can choose the Tyler nose mount or custom bracket nose mounts for WESCAM or FSI Ultramedia II cameras. The FSI Ultramedia II gyro-stabilized video system features:
o Sony BVP-570 2/3" 3CCD digital camera (4:3 or 16:9 switchable)
o Fujinon A36 x 10.5 +2 lens
o Rock steady super smooth shots regardless of turbulence, even at extreme telephoto lengths (10.5mm to 756mm)
o Beta SP, Digi-Beta or DVCAM record decks available
For orbit work around stationary ground subjects, air-to-air photography or multiple view moving ground subject photography the Tyler or the AE LSG-2 middle mounts (film or video) may be the more appropriate choice. The AE LSG-2 is a in-house middle mount for both film and video cameras that includes 4 x Kenyon KS-8 gyros to dampen roll, pan and tilt motion. Being a in-house system we can fly your job with this system with very little lead time, and avoid expensive freight charges. The AE LSG-2 also has the added advantage of being able to accommodate the smaller and lighter next generation camera systems currently on the market. The video wind screen is an optional accessory we can add to prevent slipstream buffeting of the camera system while in flight.
The Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (IS) shifts a lens group in parallel to the image plane. When the lens moves, the light rays from the subject are bent relative to the optical axis, resulting in a blurred image because the light rays are deflected. By shifting the IS lens group on a plane perpendicular to the optical axis to counter the degree of image shake, the light rays reaching the image plane can be steadied.
Two shake-detecting sensors, one each for yaw and pitch, are used to detect lens movement. The shake-detecting sensors detect the angle and speed of movement and send this information to a high-speed 32-bit microcomputer. The microcomputer then converts the detection signals into drive signals for the IS lens group. In accordance with the drive signals, the IS lens group actuator moves the IS lens group and thus counteracting the image shake and maintaining a stable picture.
Shift IS and Vari-Angle Prism Image Stabilizer In comparison with the Optical Vari-Angle Prism IS where the IS unit must be located in the front of the lens, shift IS allows the IS lens group to be built internally in the lens which allows for a compact design and lighter weight.
Vari-Angle Prism IS as used in our ENG lenses, covers a slightly wider bandwidth of frequencies including higher frequencies that are often encountered with moving vehicles such as helicopters. Shift IS is most effective for lower frequency movements caused by hand shake, platform vibration or wind effect without increasing the overall size of the lens.
Cineflex v14 1 & Elite 2K HD Camera Systems Available
Through our industry partners and supply houses we are now pleased to announce the availability of the new Cineflex HD Camera System. The Cineflex V-14 Hi-Def camera system features the Sony HDC-F950 Cinealta camera. This "ball" camera system is gyro -stabilized in 5 axes and provides flawless, jitter-free aerial HD footage when used in our Hughes 500 helicopters. We have mated this camera with the new Canon 11 x 4.7 HD lens, the widest HD zoom lens available, which provides a 91 degree wide field of view at f 1.9 (4.7mm to 104mm zoom range).
Cineflex package includes 2 HD field monitors with waveform monitor
and either the Sony HDW-s280 field deck (8 bit HDCAM) or Aja Ki-Pro
field recorder (10 bit Apple ProRes 422HQ recorded on solid state
camera outputs all ATSC standard 1920x1080 frame rates except 60
This camera system provides excellent tonal range and color fidelity - its' ability to handle almost 10 stops of dynamic range give it an unmistakable film quality. You'll notice from the footage that the detail and color saturation hold up well even down into the shadows. The system, designed by John Coyle, is extremely well engineered and doesn't suffer any of the problems of other gyro-stabilized HD systems, like blown fuses, sticky motors, etc. Once this system is rigged on the helicopter you can shoot all day with little interruption other than cleaning the lens and changing tapes.
The Sony F950 outputs full 4:4:4 RGB uncompressed HD in 1920 x 1080 CIF format at standard frame rates, including 24P (23.98Psf). Available formats include:
Digibeta/DV dailies or off-line copies of HD field masters are available at extra cost.
Film & Video Credits
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Bravo TV - Real Housewives of DC
CBS - "60 Minutes"
CBS - "Amazing Race"
CBS - "32nd
Documentary - "Fg An Bealach / Clear The Way" - Tile Films
Documentary - "Fells Point Out of Time"
Documentary - "Marine Helicopter Squadron One - 60th Anniversary
Documentary - "New American Farmer" - Telly Awards Bronze Winner
Documentary - "Under Our Skin"
ESPN Sports - "Super Retriever Trials"
Estefan Productions - "Tributo A Nuestros Heroes"
Feature Film - "Breach" - Location Scouting
Feature Film - "Crazy Like A Fox"
Feature Film - "Darkon"
Feature Film - "GI Joe 2 Retaliation" - Location Scouting
Feature Film - "Triple X
State of the
Feature Film - "What About Love"
History Channel -
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Documentary: "Ghost Ship -
PBS Documentary: "Americans At War" Series
PBS Documentary: "Between Heaven & Earth"
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PBS Documentary: "Potomac By Air"
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PBS Documentary: "Conowingo Dam: Power on the
PBS Documentary: "Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna"
PBS Documentary: "Moving
PBS Documentary: "Poisoned Waters" (Hedrick Smith - Frontline Special)
PBS Documentary: "Prince Among Slaves"
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PBS Reality TV: "Fetch!" with Ruff Ruffman
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Weather Channel - "Epic
Conditions - Sailing on the
...others available upon request.
Whatever the mission, Bussmann Aviation has the appropriate solution. Please
contact us for specific recommendations for each job!
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