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GSS launches first fully digital ENG Camera

GSS launches first fully digital ENG Camera

Gyro Stabilized Systems has launched the first fully digital ENG aerial camera with the nation’s most-watched television station. In partnership with Total Traffic and Weather Network, GSS provides a fully digital B516 for WABC-TV’s news helicopter in New York City. The GSS B516 was configured to include a Sony HDC-P1 camera paired with a Canon… Read more »

Source: GSS, 07-Sep-16

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet Aviation Services today announced the appointments of Jim Adams, Arnold Kleiner and Thomas Norton to its board of directors. Helinet is the leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions, patient and organ transport and news coverage helicopters and pilots, as well as the largest, most respected charter service on the West Coast. The three directors… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 07-Jul-16

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PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

On May 20, 2016, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association learned that the FAA denied all four of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition petitions to regulate helicopter operations over the Los Angeles Basin. The LAAHNC had asked the FAA for four (4) SFAR’s: * A 2000’ AGL minimum operating altitude for all helicopter operations,… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 01-Jun-16

13-Sep-15 Bell 407GX Hucao, China (4F)

helicopter went down in the Chinese city of Chongqing on Sunday, killing all four on board, including two cameramen Jiang Ya and Song Hao’en from Chongqing Broadcasting Group, a local satellite TV station.

13-Sep-15

US Helicopters adds three more AS350B2s to Electronic News Gathering fleet

US Helicopters adds three more AS350B2s to Electronic News Gathering fleet

As one of the nation’s premier providers of full service, exclusive Electronic News Gathering (ENG) helicopters, U.S. Helicopters Inc. is continuing replacement of older aircraft with the addition of three new Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStars. Two of the new aircraft, purchased in 2014, are already in service in the top five U.S. television markets…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

Former Bay Area news helicopter pilot who used fake names must repay TV stations

Former Bay Area news helicopter pilot who used fake names must repay TV stations

A former California news helicopter pilot has been ordered to spend $42,000 in restitution to 3 former employers, soon after he was convicted of flying under false pretenses.  See Full Story

Source: Macroinsider, 22-Dec-14

Aerial Camera Systems Continue to Go the Extra Mile

Aerial Camera Systems Continue to Go the Extra Mile

ACS’ (www.aerialcamerasystems.com/about-us) longstanding history within the aerial filming world continues to grow and sees its dedicated in-house aerial unit co-ordinating and filming aerial projects world-wide. Established by Peter Allwork, ACS’ roots in aerial filming are founded in excellence thanks to Peter’s Oscar winning cinematography for the multi award winning, Out of Africa. Over thirty-five years… Read more »

Source: ACS, 14-Jul-14

World Cup – Helisul flies aerial cameras with AS350 fleet

World Cup – Helisul flies aerial cameras with AS350 fleet

[electronic translation]  Produced by Helibrás the Squirrel helicopter was selected to do the aerial images over the games in the 2014 World Cup Brazil style. In all, seven active aircraft (four AS350 B2, AS350 B3e and two AS350 B3) flying over stadiums and a reservation (AS350 B3e), all operated by Helisul, hired by a business partner… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 07-Jul-14

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Georgia Tech and CNN to Explore Media Use of UAVs in US Airspace

Georgia Tech and CNN to Explore Media Use of UAVs in US Airspace

Beginning this summer, the Georgia Institute of Technology and CNN will embark on a joint research initiative to better understand the opportunities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. The project team will be… Read more »

Source: Georgia Tech, 26-Jun-14

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21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

Heavy landing with tail missing – boom potentially sliced by main blades

21-May-14

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Tensions raised between FAA and drone journalists

Tensions raised between FAA and drone journalists

Moves by the FAA to limit or punish the use of drones by journalists could fun afoul of the First Amendment, which precludes the government from infringing on the freedom of the press.  See full story   File photo

Source: Mashable, 01-May-14

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USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has completed a comprehensive follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis released in 2011. This new report analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents that occurred in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and compares them to the previous analysis that looked at accidents that occurred in 2000, 2001, and 2006…. Read more »

Source: USHST, 07-Apr-14

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Workers endangered by media helicopter

Workers endangered by media helicopter

Press report suggests the helicopter was flying so low that the workers on the ground were affected by the rotor wash which dislodged loose rocks from the cliff face.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 31-Mar-14

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11 Seattle helipads scrutinized in wake of news helicopter crash

11 Seattle helipads scrutinized in wake of news helicopter crash

After the accident, which killed two, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city should review its permits and procedures to make sure the helicopters are operating safely.  See full story

30-Mar-14

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City of Seattle outlines their rules for helipads

City of Seattle outlines their rules for helipads

At 7:51 a.m. this morning, Seattle Firefighters responded to a helicopter crash near the Space Needle. When firefighters arrived at Broad Street and 4th Avenue they found a helicopter that had crashed into the ground causing three car fires. Medics transported a male driver to Harborview Medical Center with severe burns and discovered two deceased patients inside the helicopter… Read more »

Source: City of Seattle, 19-Mar-14

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Sinclair, KOMO express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Sinclair, KOMO express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) and its Seattle television station, KOMO (ABC), expressed its deepest condolences for the victims and family members of the news helicopter that crashed inSeattle, WA this morning.  The helicopter, owned by Helicopter, Inc., is leased jointly by Sinclair’s television station, KOMO, and Gannett’s television station, KING. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,”… Read more »

Source: Sinclair Broadcast, 19-Mar-14

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Gannett, KING express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Gannett, KING express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and its Seattle station, KING, are deeply saddened by today’s helicopter accident in Seattle, WA. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” said Ray Heacox, president and general manager, KING. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community… Read more »

Source: Gannett Co, 19-Mar-14

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18-Mar-14 N250FB Eurocopter AS350B2 Seattle, US-Washington (2F)

KOMO News helicopter down in Broad Street in Seattle, more updates shortly.  Seattle Police confirm at least two fatalities – named in this article as  pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO photographer Bill Strothman.  The helicopter was being used in a joint partnership between KOMO and KING 5 according to this KING 5 report

18-Mar-14

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US Helicopters continues fleet upgrade with addition of AS350B2s

US Helicopters continues fleet upgrade with addition of AS350B2s

U.S. Helicopters Inc. a premier provider of full service, exclusive use Electronic News Gathering (ENG) helicopter programs in the U.S., continues to upgrade its fleet with the addition of two new Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350B2s. Delivered in July and December of 2013, the two new B2s will service news stations in two of the top… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Pioneer helicopter news pilot/reporter Jerry Foster writes autobiography

Pioneer helicopter news pilot/reporter Jerry Foster writes autobiography

Jerry Foster, the recipient of the Harmon Trophy—the highest civilian honor in aviation—has written about his career in a stunning new autobiography Earthbound Misfit. What began as a job reporting local traffic conditions in a helicopter, evolved into an amazing, high profile career spanning 30 years working for three different television stations in Phoenix. The book covers… Read more »

Source: Sky12, 18-Dec-13

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AgustaWestland secures first broadcasting AW169 sale

AgustaWestland secures first broadcasting AW169 sale

It has recently been confirmed that newscaster Asahi Shimbun has ordered an AgustaWestland AW169. Delivery is scheduled for 2015 with operations from early 2016. This order marks the entry point for the AW169 to news markets around the world. AgustaWestland have confirmed to HeliHub.com that their AW169 order backlog now exceeds 100 aircraft from over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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Asahi Shimbun orders an AW169 for news gathering operations

Asahi Shimbun orders an AW169 for news gathering operations

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Japan’s leading newspaper ‘The Asahi Shimbun’ has placed an order for one AW169 4.5 ton class helicopter. This aircraft, which adds to a GrandNew light twin helicopter already in service with the same customer, will be used to perform Press and Electronic… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Sep-13

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US TV news helicopter fleet increasing again

US TV news helicopter fleet increasing again

Now that stations are recovering from the budget-slashing days of the recession, many are getting back into the sky with helicopters. see full story

Source: TV News Check, 15-Aug-13

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New AW139 handed over to All Nippon Helicopter

New AW139 handed over to All Nippon Helicopter

AgustaWestland have released the photo below of the handover ceremony of an AW139 to All Nippon Helicopter at the Philadelphia factory.  The aircraft is serial 41341 This is the third AW139 for All Nippon Helicopter, and will be used for electronic news gathering (ENG) missions. ANH is conducts ENG operations exclusively for Nippon Housou Kyoukai (NHK), Japanese… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-13

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Widow sues Fox News over helicopter news footage

Widow sues Fox News over helicopter news footage

Film footage shot from a helicopter is central to a new court case raised by Angela Rodriguez in Arizona – naming  News Corp., Fox Entertainment Group and Fox News Network, in her submission to Maricopa County Court. Fox News Channel inadvertently broadcast live the suicide of Jo Don Romero, 33, who killed himself after an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-13

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Philadelphia TV station launches LongRanger 4 ops

Philadelphia TV station launches LongRanger 4 ops

WCAU-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Philadelphia, has rolled out a newly-added LongRanger 4 (see full story). HeliHub.com editor note – this is a 2004-build aircraft, operated by Helicopters Inc

28-Feb-13

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US Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B2 for Chicago TV station

US Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B2 for Chicago TV station

American Eurocopter today announced delivery of a new AS350 B2 AStar aircraft to U.S. Helicopters, Inc. U.S. Helicopters, Inc. based in Marshville, N.C., is one of the largest operators of electronic news gathering helicopters in the country. The company has served dozens of major television stations located in cities in most of the lower 48… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 01-Feb-13

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19-Jan-13 VH-ZMN Bell 206B Baskerville, Australia

During low-level aerial filming operations, the helicopter rotated quickly to the right and descended. The pilot made an emergency landing on the sloping terrain. The helicopter rolled over and was subtantially damaged with minor injuries to the occupants.

19-Jan-13

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Kitchener Aero STC’s Garmin G500H in EC120

Kitchener Aero STC’s Garmin G500H in EC120

Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) – one of Canada’s premiere avionics and special missions modifiers – is pleased to announce another STC “first” with the completion of a “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade for the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. The heart of this mod is the Garmin G500H Flight Display system with Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT), an Altitude Heading Reference… Read more »

Source: Kitchener Aero, 06-Jan-13

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John D Silva – TV helicopter pioneer – dies at 92

John D Silva – TV helicopter pioneer – dies at 92

John D. Silva was the chief engineer for KTLA-TV in 1958 when he outfitted a helicopter with a TV camera and changed television news coverage forever. (see full story)

Source: LA Times, 10-Dec-12

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ThrottleNet creates new mobile app for Helicopters Inc

ThrottleNet creates new mobile app for Helicopters Inc

ThrottleNet announces they have created a new mobile application for Helicopters Inc. based in Cahokia, Illinois. Helicopters Inc. specializes in the leasing of news gathering helicopters for television and radio stations nationwide. The new mobile app is designed for iPad use by pilots and administrative personnel. It enables pilots to create manifests from any remote… Read more »

Source: ThrottleNet, 30-Oct-12

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Citizen TV acquires first news helicopter in Kenya

Citizen TV acquires first news helicopter in Kenya

Royal Media Services has become the first Kenyan media house to acquire a news helicopter – although the AS350 shows no signs of any externally mounted cameras!  (see full story)

Source: Kenya Daily News, 20-Oct-12

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PHPA establishes unprecedented TV helicopter pool

PHPA establishes unprecedented TV helicopter pool

Earlier this year, the PHPA began a dialogue with the Southern California RTNA (Radio & Television News Association) regarding this weekend’s I-405 bridge demolition, dubbed Carmageddon II.  Specifically, the PHPA was interested in getting the media outlets to reduce the helicopter noise over the freeway closure this year.  A similar event last year generated noise… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 30-Sep-12

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25-Apr-12 Eurocopter AS350 Yangzhou, China

Emergency landing after running out of fuel.  No damage.

25-Apr-12

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Queensland Police rely on TV helicopter footage in chase

Queensland Police rely on TV helicopter footage in chase

At some stages of the chase, officers in the central police communications centre were forced to rely on footage of the chase being broadcast live via media helicopters in order to relay the location of stolen cars to police on the ground. (see full story). Short on proper equipment to do the job, perhaps?

Source: Brisbane Times, 13-Apr-12

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Helinet Aviation faces eviction order at Van Nuys

Helinet Aviation faces eviction order at Van Nuys

Pentastar Aviation, who own the lease on the land occupied by Helinet, instructing Helinet to move its helicopters from the ramps where they sit ready to depart – for time-critical EMS and ENG work.  When it didn’t comply, Helinet received another letter threatening eviction and legal proceedings.  Helinet owner Al Purwin, previously the lease owner,… Read more »

Source: Los Angeles Times, 12-Apr-12

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Robinson revises need for shielded aux fuel pump in ENG R44s

Robinson revises need for shielded aux fuel pump in ENG R44s

Due to continued supply shortages and spotty availability, Rotorcorp recently checked on availabilty of the KI-206-4 Auxillary Fuel Pump for use in ENG aircraft on a customer order.  We were advised by our Customer Service Representative that the shielded KI-206-4 is now being replaced by the non-shielded KI-206-3 version of the pump. Robinson Technical Service Representative… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 10-Apr-12

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ANH adds two AS365N3+ Dauphins for newsgathering

ANH adds two AS365N3+ Dauphins for newsgathering

Eurocopter Japan has received an order for two new AS365 N3+ Dauphins from All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) to replace two rotary-wing aircraft from its existing fleet for use in electronic newsgathering missions on behalf of Japanese national broadcaster, NHK. ANH, which is an operator for NHK in news missions, owns a fleet of 12 Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 22-Mar-12

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Angel City of Los Angeles buys Geneva Aviation’s New ENG Systems for their two AS350B2s

Angel City of Los Angeles buys Geneva Aviation’s New ENG Systems for their two AS350B2s

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their subsidiary partner Geneva Aviation has been selected by Angel City Air of Los Angeles to provide new Electronics News Gathering systems and completions for two AS350B2 Helicopters. Angel City Air has selected Geneva Aviation’s Audio, Video, Microwave and Electrical Systems for two new aircraft. These two… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 14-Feb-12

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Global Winnipeg Morning News holds helicopter name contest

Global Winnipeg Morning News holds helicopter name contest

Global Winnipeg has the only Television News Helicopter in Winnipeg and we want your help in naming it. Prize: A tour over Winnipeg in the Global Winnipeg News Helicopter and a meet and greet with Eva Kovacs and “bragging rights” on having named our Helicopter. Our News Helicopter will give viewers breaking news and traffic… Read more »

Source: Global Winnipeg, 05-Feb-12

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NBC TV stations in NY and LA get new helicopters

NBC TV stations in NY and LA get new helicopters

KNBC in Los Angeles has been involved in a helicopter share with Fox’s owned stations, while sister station WNBC in New York will get its helicopter later this year. (see full story)

Source: Broadcasting & Cable, 29-Jan-12

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Dann Shively retires from long-term career as KCRA pilot

Dann Shively retires from long-term career as KCRA pilot

KCRA hired Shively in 1972 as a producer, but he began flying the traffic plane for its radio station two months after he arrived. Shively had received his license “on a lark,” and the station needed a new pilot.  In 1979, KCRA bought the first news helicopter in Northern California, calling it LiveCopter 3

29-May-11

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Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE merge helicopter operations

Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE merge helicopter operations

Rival television stations in Louisville, Kentucky, WHAS and WAVE are joining forces in the air, effective from 1st April.   The two stations will share air time and the video feeds will be identical on each station – and the helicopter will be painted up with one station’s colours on the port side and the other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-11

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Police and news helicopters in Phoenix targeted by lasers

Police and news helicopters in Phoenix targeted by lasers

On Friday morning, news helicopter crews were all chasing breaking news when someone from the ground shined a laser in their direct line of sight.

Source: KPHO, 27-Feb-11

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Dart deilvers first P174 power converters for R44 Newscopters

Dart deilvers first P174 power converters for R44 Newscopters

Oceanside, CA, February 10, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services and its subsidiary Geneva Aviation are helping to expand aerial news gathering opportunities for TV stations around the nation.  DART has initiated deliveries of Geneva Aviation’s P174 Power Converters to Robinson Helicopter Company for installation in all newly manufactured R44 Raven II Newscopters, fully integrated Electronic… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 11-Feb-11

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Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation now accepting applications

Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation now accepting applications

The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation is now accepting applications for their Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Scholarship. This ENG Scholarship covers the cost of the ground and flight portion of a two day weekend course that will prepare a Robinson R44 pilot for the rigors of flying for the purpose of news gathering from a… Read more »

Source: Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation, 10-Feb-11

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WABC updates Newscopter 7

WABC updates Newscopter 7

New York’s WABC is updating Newscopter 7 to a Bell 407

02-Feb-11

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TV Globo AS350B2 hit by three rifle shots

TV Globo AS350B2 hit by three rifle shots

Thge television station AS350B2 – known as “Globocop” – was hit by three rifle shots at about 7:30 am. The reporter Karina Borges, the system operator and the pilot Roberto Mello Kings Antonio Ramos was not injured.  one of the bullets hit the floor, the second, the central region, and the third, the tail of the… Read more »

Source: Marataizes, 26-Jan-11

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Driver in police chase connected to fatal TV helicopter crash pleads guilty on 35 counts

Driver in police chase connected to fatal TV helicopter crash pleads guilty on 35 counts

Christopher Jermaine Jones (DOB 6/5/87) pled guilty today to 35 counts of aggravated assault, vehicular theft, unlawful flight, leaving the scene of an accident, endangerment, criminal trespass, and criminal damage.  The charges stem from a July 2007 incident in which Jones stole two vehicles and fled police, ultimately resulting in a high-speed chase.  Jones was… Read more »

Source: Romiley, 20-Jul-10

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