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Television News Helicopters

The definitive thread.

DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I never understood the point in having aircraft up every morning to report on the same traffic jams every day. I guess it might be useful in Birmingham / Manchester / London, but not in rural Norfolk where I was, especially when every notable incident had a callers name attached.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It was a gimmick that companies would pay to sponsor
Write that down in your copybook now.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today

Ocean/Power FM's plane had Spencer Kelly as the reporter (Captain Kelly), he now presents Click on BBC News.

Which presumably is this plane, operated by Metro Travel


Metro Networks (which became Trafficlink, and now Inrix) had a number of planes across the country in the mid to late 90s from which they would broadcast several stations’ travel bulletins.

The trouble was, because the different bulletins were often very close together, they regularly weren’t where they said they were. If you tuned around you could often hear the same reporter claiming to be looking down on, say, Bradford, and then three minutes later hear them apparently over York or Doncaster. Given the planes weren’t exactly Concorde, I think it’s safe to say there were some porkie-pies being told.

Having said that, it’s better than the story I was told of one ILR station in the 80s whose travel helicopter was a bloke in the next-door studio shouting into a mic with a helicopter sound effect in the background. Apparently they’d occasionally cut the studio output briefly mid-bulletin to give the impression that live link had dropped, for added authenticity.


I love the contrast of this compared to what they do in the US. You couldn’t get any more British.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today


I love the contrast of this compared to what they do in the US. You couldn’t get any more British.


You couldn't, though I suspect we're not the only country to have done it !
EL
elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
What a great project. I do ADS-B stuff sometimes so this marries perfectly with my love of broadcast stuff.

PS: I'm British but I love watching US chopper coverage - not just chases. And to be brutally honest the amount of times I've seen a chase where it could be charitably described as showing off for the cameras could be counted on less than one hand.
SP
Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It was a gimmick that companies would pay to sponsor


I think a lot of radio stations liked having an Eye In The Sky or Flying Eye because they thought it made them sound ‘big’ having ‘their own plane’ and afforded their travel news a certain amount of (misplaced) credibility. Given travel bulletins in ILR are usually sponsored anyway, I don’t think there was much of a commercial advantage, although it might have made it a sexier sell to advertisers.
MO
Mouseboy33
I was curious as to why there was no chopper coverage during the Deadly Nashville Tornado disaster. WTVF NewsChannel5 touts their chopper prominently on air. But it was notibly absent during their coverage. Well apparently it was destroyed inside its hanger during the tornado when the airport was completely destroyed.
One of the pics you can see the chopper crushed inside the hanger.


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MO
Mouseboy33
The completely destroyed NewsChannel5 (Nashville) helicopter.
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I'm here to give you something to talk about! You're Welcome.
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RK
Rkolsen World News
The completely destroyed NewsChannel5 (Nashville) helicopter.
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I’d like to see how much they can salvage? Maybe the equipment inside the helicopter it looks like the central part of the hull withstood damage. It appears the tail and the front seating area was damaged pretty bad.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The completely destroyed NewsChannel5 (Nashville) helicopter.
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I’d like to see how much they can salvage? Maybe the equipment inside the helicopter it looks like the central part of the hull withstood damage. It appears the tail and the front seating area was damaged pretty bad.


Why would you bother trying? Just claim it all on insurance. You wouldn't want to trust it not to fail after what's already happened to it.
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MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
The completely destroyed NewsChannel5 (Nashville) helicopter.
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I’d like to see how much they can salvage? Maybe the equipment inside the helicopter it looks like the central part of the hull withstood damage. It appears the tail and the front seating area was damaged pretty bad.


Why would you bother trying? Just claim it all on insurance. You wouldn't want to trust it not to fail after what's already happened to it.


Quite! Although it's common for components from minor aircraft crashes to be reused, (so this would be the same category), after a great deal of assessment.
If you look up the age of many helicopters they are decades old, but of course it's a case of Trigger's Broom
RK
Rkolsen World News
I’d like to see how much they can salvage? Maybe the equipment inside the helicopter it looks like the central part of the hull withstood damage. It appears the tail and the front seating area was damaged pretty bad.


Why would you bother trying? Just claim it all on insurance. You wouldn't want to trust it not to fail after what's already happened to it.


Quite! Although it's common for components from minor aircraft crashes to be reused, (so this would be the same category), after a great deal of assessment.
If you look up the age of many helicopters they are decades old, but of course it's a case of Trigger's Broom


Well this one was from 1982, so I think most of it’s a write off. Maybe some of the broadcast equipment could be salvageable if it wasn’t exposed to rain. It looks like the main cabin probably was exposed to rain but perhaps were a lot of the broadcast equipment racks were saved.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.

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