Turnkey Aerial Solutions & Picture Aircraft

McMahon provides turnkey aerial production solutions for production companies, ad agencies, corporations and government agencies. Utilizing the latest gyro-stabilized technology, McMahon offers a wide-range of camera options to meet your project requirements. With in-house shooters and equipment available, there's no need to piece together your gear and your crew. Leave logistics to us.

With four different helicopters in our fleet and access to others, you have plenty of options for picture ships. Two different sizes of aircraft are available for aerial filming platforms which makes it possible to accommodate 1 or 2 passengers plus the camera operator and pilot. Or if you prefer to stay on the ground, just send us your shot list. We'll shoot it to your specifications and FedEx you a hard drive. 

Real Experience

Our experience and technical understanding is why hundreds of production companies had trusted McMahon for aerials and stunts in their feature films, television presentations, commercials, major live events, and even the Super Bowl. Our 10,000 square foot hangar and maintenance facility is frequently used for aircraft stage setups and interior shots. So when you're ready to take your production to the next level, you can be sure we've got you covered.

  • 35+ years of experience

  • FAA approved motion picture & Television manual

  • sag-aftra pilots

  • Picture & Camera aircraft


Real History

See how McMahon Helicopter Services founder Brian McMahon helped pioneer the aerial industry...


McMahon Helicopter Services’ highly professional, experienced and creative staff guided us through every step of our aerial production. The images we were able to create with McMahon Helicopter Services resulted in one of the most popular programs WPT has ever produced. We loved the experience and our viewers loved the results!
— Laurie Gorman, Executive Producer, Wisconsin Public Television
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Credits

Note: Most credits between 1980 and 2007 unlisted. 

 

   Television

  • Wisconsin From the Air (2018)
  • Making a Murderer: Season 2 (2017)
  • Parched: "Toxic Waters" (2017)
  • Outsiders (2016)
  • Wisconsin Winter From the Air (2016)
  • Drugs Inc. (2015)
  • Preachers of Detroit (2015)
  • American Pickers (2014)
  • Big Rig Bounty Hunters (2014)
  • Wisconsin From The Air (2014)
  • 60 Minutes: Detroit Bankruptcy (2013)
  • Monday Night Football: Cincinnati (2013)
  • American Muscle (2013)
  • The First 48 (2012)
  • Chef Race (2012)
  • Hardcore Pawn (2013)
  • Smithsonian Aerial America: Michigan (2012)
  • FOX Sports NFL Football (LIVE) (Detroit 2011)
  • Police Women of Cincinnati (2011)
  • Extreme School Makeover (2010)
  • Detroit Undercover (2010)
  • American Now: City of Heartbreak & Hope (2010)
  • Dreams of Freedom (2010)
  • BTN: Michigan State Football (2009)
  • Motor City Motors (2009)
  • Crash Course (2009)
  • Dive Detectives: Rouge Wave (2009)
  • Detroit (2009)
  • Good Morning America Whistlestop Tour (2008)
  • Wedding Day (2008)
  • D.E.A. (2008)
  • PGA Championship (2008)
  • TNT NBA Finals: (LIVE) Detroit (2007)
  • TNT NBA Finals: (LIVE) Detroit (2007)
  • The First 48 (2007)
  • Detroit SWAT (2007)
  • Dirty Jobs: Vomit Island (2007)
  • FLW: Detroit River (2007)
  • Dirty Jobs: Bridge Painter (2007)
  • Across the River to Motor City (2005)
  • Cleveland (2004)
  • Animal Cops Detroit (2003)
  • NFL Super Bowl XXIX (LIVE)
  • NFL Super Bowl XXV (LIVE)
  • NFL Super Bowl XVI (LIVE)
  • New York Marathon (LIVE) (numerous years)
  • Boston Marathon (LIVE) (numerous years)
  • Detroit Grand Prix (LIVE)
  • Cleveland Grand Prix (LIVE)
  • Milwaukee Grand Prix (LIVE)

commercials

  • Potawatomi Casino (2015)
  • Northwestern University (2015)
  • 2015 MLB All Star Game Promo (2015)
  • University of Toledo (2014)
  • NBC Presents: 2014 NHL Winter Classic (2014)
  • Baker College (2013)
  • Pure Michigan Tawas, Detroit, Grand Rapids (2013)
  • Various Cleveland Projects (2013)
  • Lacrosse Boots (2013)
  • Amway (2012)
  • Michigan Wind Farms (2012)
  • Geico Offshore Racing (2012)
  • Henry Ford Health Systems (2012)
  • Google Maps (2012)
  • Beaumont Hospital (2012)
  • Delta Airlines (2012)
  • Detroit Princess (2011)
  • John Deere (2011)
  • Wayne State University (2011)
  • Pure Michigan (2006) (2007) (2008) (2011)
  • Soaring Eagles Casino (2010)
  • Cooley Law Schools (2010)
  • Motor City Casino (2010)
  • University of Toledo (2010)
  • Henry Ford Hospital (2010)
  • Caesars Windsor (2010)
  • OnStar (2009)
  • SeaDoo (2008)
  • Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Boyne USA (2007)
  • Kewandin Casinos (2006)
  • Ping Golf (2006)
  • WXYZ Chopper 7 (2000)
 
 

 

 film

  • Kin (2017)
  • Brick Mansions (2014)
  • Into the Storm (2014)
  • Jinn (2014)
  • Jack Reacher (2012)
  • Art of Rap (2012)
  • River of Fundament (2011)
  • Another Happy Day (2011)
  • Urban Roots (2010)
  • Restitution (2011)
  • Game of Death (2010)
  • Stone (2010)
  • Meet Monica Velour (2010)
  • Learning Gravity (2006)
  • Timequest (2000)
  • Grosse Point Blank (1997)
  • The Incorporated (1996)
  • Renaissance Man (1994)
  • Die Hard 2 (1990)
  • Action Jackson (1987)
  • Collision Course (1987)
  • Light of Day (1987)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • Tiger Town (1983)

   DIgital & Miscellaneous

  • RUSH: Inspired by Battlefield (2016)
  • Second Shift (2014)
  • NAIAS 2015 Corvette Reveal (2014)
  • University of Michigan Campus (2012)
  • MSU Football (2012)
  • MSU Football (2011)
  • US EPA (2011)
  • U of M Survival Flight (2011)
  • Buckeye Business Products (2011)
  • US EPA (2010)
  • Enbridge (2010)
  • Aeromed (2009)
  • OSS Blue Water Racing (2008)
  • State of Michigan (2008)
  • Entergy (2007)
  • Chrysler Tech Center (2007)
  • OSS Blue Water Racing (2006)
  • OSS Cleveland (2002)

   music videos

   television news contract

    WXYZ-ABC Detroit 1994-2009

   broadcast clients

    ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, TNT, ESPN, MTV, Discovery            Networks, Animal Planet, NatGeo

 

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