Fred North – Motion Picture Helicopter Pilot
Motion Picture Pilot Association – MPPA Member
SAG and AFTRA Member
In 1985, Fred began his career as a Camera Helicopter Pilot flying for desert rally car races, working in very difficult and dangerous conditions. He served as Chief Helicopter Pilot for “Paris-Dakar” and “Paris-Moscow-Beijing” rallies spanning the Morocco, Sahara and Namibia deserts, and crossing Russia and China. He also coordinated four helicopters for the famous sport trek, “Raid Gauloises,” crossing the jungles of Costa Rica, Madagascar and Malaysia, and the desert and mountain regions of Argentina.
Specializing in the film industry for more than 20 years, Fred is an expert in aerial cinematography having accumulated more than 11,000 hours shooting feature films and commercials, and more than 13,000 total flying hours. He has worked with such acclaimed directors as Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay, Tony Scott, Peter Berg, Louis Leterrier, Doug Liman, Paul W.S Anderson, Joel Schumacher and 2nd Unit “action” directors such as Bryan Smrz, Phil Nielson, Simon Crane, Spiro Razatos, Vic Armstrong, Andy Armstrong and Jeff Habberstad.
Working out of both Los Angeles and Paris, Fred possesses extensive aerial film experience throughout the world and enjoys collaborating with filmmakers to ensure a selection of the best camera systems and helicopters based on director, cinematographer and script requirements. In addition, his Motion Picture Safety Manual has been approved by the FAA.
Fred carries helicopter pilot licenses to fly in the USA, in Europe (65 different countries), Canada and also has validations in numerous foreign countries such as Japan, China, New Zealand, Brazil, …
He works with all film formats and numerous helicopter series, and is proficient in the following aerial systems: Pictorvision – Eclipse, Wescam, Spacecam, Super G, Tyler Nose, Super Nose, Middle, Major.
Fred prides himself on holding the World Record for Altitude with a Helicopter, accomplished in South Africa, March 2002. Read more about it, here.
North America: U.S.A, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska
Europe: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Crete, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Azores, Iceland, Canary Islands, Turkey, Greenland
Africa: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Senegal, Egypt, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Namibia, Gabon, Angola, Zaire, Niger, Mali, Guinea.
Middle East: Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan.
South & Central America: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay
Caribbean: Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Netherlands Antilles, St. Lucia, Martinique, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Tobago
Asia and Middle East: China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan
South Pacific: New Caledonia, Tahiti, New Zealand