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Pursuit Aviation Announces Jetcam, Partners with XM2

More than three years in the making, the high-speed aerial-cinematography system made its Hollywood debut on First Man.

ASC Staff

More than 3 years in the making, Jetcam made its Hollywood debut on the feature First Man.

Pursuit Aviation has announced the availability of its Jetcam aerial-cinematography system, which mounts a Shotover camera stabilizer on an aerobatic jet aircraft to capture stabilized images while traveling at speeds of more than 400 mph. 

The system has already been put to use on the feature First Man. Prior to that, in 2017, it was used during Pursuit Aviation’s filming of the World Speed Record (531.27 mph) set by Steve Hinton.

In developing the Jetcam, the Shotover F1, a six-axis gyrostabilized camera system, was modified to develop the F1 Rush, which allows the operator to capture stabilized images at high speeds and high G forces. Pursuit Aviation assembled a team of mechanics, custom fabricators, camera technicians and pilots to achieve the goal of shooting high-speed aircraft in their natural environment.

“Our team has worked on this project for more than three years, and to finally see Jetcam in action firsthand is extremely rewarding,” says Eric Williamson, spokesperson for Pursuit Aviation. “We believe the unique capability to mount a camera on the jet to capture stabilized images at very high speeds opens up new possibilities for filmmakers to achieve their visions and provide audiences with never-before-seen shots.”

Pursuit Aviation recently started working with XM2, a multiplatform aerial cinematography and photography company specializing in drone technologies. 

For more information, visit Pursuit Aviation’s website or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

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