Soar With AIP - A Doors-Off Helicopter Experience Shooting 9/11 Memorial Lights

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9/11, is a date burned in every American's soul. To commemorate the 2001 attacks, New York City has created an innovate and inspirational display of lights emanating from "ground zero".

AIP will take to the air to "capture the moment" from 3,000 feet over NYC in our chartered helicopters.

Carpe Diem!

We will launch one 1 hour flight with 3 passengers at 8:30 p.m. The 2nd flight with 3 passengers will take off at 9:00 p.m. and land at 10:00 p.m.

We will launch 2 helicopters, with a total of 6 passengers at 10:30 p.m. These 2 helicopters will land at 11:30 p.m.

Since sunset on 9/11 will occur at 7:11 p.m. we need to wait until 8:00 p.m. before launching our first of 4 helicopter flights. (We'll launch 2 flights at 8:00 p.m. and another 2 at 9:30 p.m.) Space is limited to 6 seats. To insure your participation in this event, book now. This event sold out in 2017 and 2018. We we expect it to sell out this year as well.

This will be an experience that you will never forget. Here are some of the details.

- We start with an hour of training and prep before your scheduled flight. We will discuss safety, shooting techniques, camera settings and stabilization.

- We will give each participant a Sony Mirrorless camera and an appropriate Sony fast lens with an aperture of f 1.4 or f 1.8 which you can use in addition you your own camera and lens combo. We will also show you how to use these cameras and pre-set everything so it's ready to be used and will insure that you get the very best shots possible.

- You'll then board the helicopter for the experience of your life. A Doors-Off 1-hour flight over and around lower Manhattan.

There's enough room for a pilot, 3 photographers, 6 cameras and that's it. By the way, did we say the DOORS WILL BE OFF! You don't have to worry, however, you will be strapped in and have a headset to communicate with the pilot in case you want him to hover a bit longer.

The New York Skyline is undeniably one of the most recognizable and best silhouettes in existence and you're going to capture it at the best time...with the Memorial Lights.

This AIP Photo Adventure is so uniquely different from anything else that we or any other Meetup has done before that we've had to design a whole new and different program to deal with the issues involved and to insure the successful outcome of unique and great images.


As you can imagine, weather conditions will have a major effect on our decision to fly or not. If its raining or windy, we don't fly. If conditions for flying and/or photographing are anything less than ideal, we don't fly.

A cloud cover won't stop us because, generally, we'll be photographing under the cloud cover. Not only that but if we do have a cloud cover, the city's lights will probably reflect off the clouds creating a very pleasing glow.


Nighttime photography:

Photographing at night from a helicopter is a completely different matter with it's own set of parameters.

a. Your DSLR(s) need(s) to handle noise very effectively since you'll need to shoot at a high ISO...probably around ISO 3200. (Don't worry, noise reduction in Lightroom or other NR programs handle the noise very well.

b. Your lenses should be capable of f1.8 - f1.4...can you say FAST!

THE PROGRAM: Equipment in detail:

Recognizing that many photographers may not have equipment best suited for shooting from a helicopter, AIP has developed the following program.

We will supply each participant with 1 camera body known to be low noise and a fast lens to go with it if you don't have one.

The cost of renting the first camera and lens is included in the registration price.

Come fly with me. Isn't that the name of a song?

Martin Joffe, Malcolm Kahn and Padma Inguva

Your AIP Organizers