Behind the scenes photo of PCS-1 filming a US Navy F-18

Team5 Aerial Systems and Phenom Camera Ship use high-speed aerial cinematography platform for the making of Top Gun: Maverick

BURBANK, California, USA, May 27, 2022 / — Team5 Aerial Systems, the leading provider of aerial camera systems for major feature films, in partnership with Phenom Camera-Ship, has supplied the PCS-1 aircraft to Paramount Pictures for the making of Top Gun: Maverick. The aircraft played a vital role in the ability to film high-speed aerial action sequences alongside the United States Navy during the film’s production.

Phenom Camera-Ship and Team5 Aerial Systems have collaborated to develop the PCS-1 to provide the unique aerial cinematography platform for Hollywood’s most acclaimed aerial filmmakers. The PCS-1 originated from an Embraer Phenom 300 airframe modified to meet the transport requirements of a pair of stabilized aerial camera systems while operating unrestricted in the FAA standard category.

As the only high-speed, high-altitude, FAA-certified pressurized filming platform using the latest generation digital gimbals, the Phenom Camera-Ship (“PCS-1”) was created to fill a gap in the aerial filming industry left behind by much smaller, “experimental” aircraft.

The PCS-1 can operate with simultaneous front and rear mounted F1 Shotover systems, via a crew of 2 pilots and up to 6 passengers, while flying in the comfort of a business jet at a speed of up to 350 knots, an altitude of up to 45,000 feet and a duration of over four hours.

About Team5 Aerial Systems:
The premier provider of aerial camera systems for major feature film productions, Team5 provides high-end gyro-stabilized camera systems, cameras, lenses, helicopter mounting brackets and micro-wireless downlink transmission equipment. airwaves to studios and production companies around the world. Team5 works with local partners in different regions of the world to offer the best products and services while tapping into the largest single inventory of aerial equipment to support productions worldwide without delay. The network of aerial coordinators, film pilots and aerial cinematographers who work with Team5 are among the most distinguished aerial film crews in the industry.

About the Phenom camera ship:
The Phenom Camera-Ship (PCS-1) was specifically designed to shoot unique high-speed aerial footage for feature films, television series and commercial productions. PCS-1 has been used by top brands in the aerospace industry as well as the US military, flying alongside some of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the skies. PCS-1 has earned its stripes by delivering stunning images while safely “pushing the limits”.

Team5 Aerial Systems has helped capture aerial footage for major feature film projects around the world, including ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, ‘Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War’, ‘Dune’, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, “Tenet”, “Fast 9”, “The Matrix Resurrections”, “The Tomorrow War” and “Jurassic World”, as well as TV/Streaming content for ABC, Apple, Disney+, HBO and Netflix. Commercial projects include work for top brands such as Apple, BMW, Samsung and more.

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Ryan Ruel
Team5 Air Systems
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