Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, H5 Helicopters is a premier full-service helicopter company specialized in custom helicopter tours, charters, commercial filming and external load operations. H5 Helicopters is minutes by air from some the world’s most exotic and scenic natural wonders, including the territory from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley.
H5 Helicopters owns and operates “SaberCat1”, an Airbus AS350 B2 customized to accommodate an aerial cinematographer. The AS350 B2 is a single-engine helicopter renowned for its low vibration levels, making it an ideal platform for video equipment.
Originally from Florida, Nelson Rood has been H5 Helicopters’ Director of Operations since April 2010. His main responsibilities include scheduling, flight planning and maintenance of SaberCat1. Earlier in his career, Nelson was in professional baseball. He was drafted by the Houston Astros, later joined the San Francisco Giants’ coaching team and went on to scout for the Tampa Bay Rays.
“About 70% of our business comes from the helicopter tours we do around Sedona, the Grand Canyon and other spectacular sites. The balance is shooting video and aerial mapping for entertainment and corporate clients. We’re accustomed to serving VIPs, celebrities and defense contractors, so discretion is essential to everything we do,” explains Nelson.