July 31, 2007
THE CRASH of that news helicopter in Phoenix was inevitable. I live just off South Street. When Greek Weekend or Fat Tuesday happens, or a suspect is on the run in the vicinity, the skies sound like the Vietnam news clips I remember as a kid. Four news helicopters in the sky, plus one or two police. All staking out positions, all trying to do two things - shoot the scene, and not get in each other's way. I always thought it was both wasteful and dangerous. Now we know it's dangerous.
March 8, 2013 |
News chopper wars? NBC10 - whose local news broadcasts rank second at 6 p.m. and third at 11 p.m. - has added a helicopter to its newsgathering organization after breaking off a chopper-sharing relationship with CBS3 and Fox29. A TV chopper, sources say, can cost a station between $500,000 and $1.5 million a year. NBC10 says it's flying the chopper daily in the morning and afternoon, and the addition of the Bell 206 L4 LongRanger is part of Comcast Corp.'s investment in NBC-owned television stations around the country.
June 14, 2011 |
At first, it seems an impractical, maybe impossible, feat for a musical: Land a helicopter on stage at the story's climax and, with two actors safely secured, make it fly away 40 seconds later. Oh - and do it in America's oldest theater, where old-school sandbags and ropes still make up the bulk of backstage technology. But show after show, the cast and crew of the Walnut Street Theatre's production of Miss Saigon have done precisely that. It's not just the visual splendor of the helicopter's flight that grabs the audience during the poignant "evacuation scene," in which American soldier Chris (Eric Kunze)
October 17, 2012 |
On July 18, as a CBS3 helicopter pilot and cameraman were filming an arrest in Bridesburg, the cameraman noticed the cockpit light up with a bright green glow and knew immediately it was being struck with a laser pointer. Cameraman Al Nugent identified a house on Torresdale near Robbins as the source of the strike. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Fitzpatrick said police later identified the man standing outside of the house as Daniel Dangler, 29. He initially denied using a laser to strike the chopper, but admitted to the FBI last month he pointed the laser at the chopper, although he said he had no intention of hurting anyone.
July 24, 1992 |
With budget cuts grounding the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter fleet, film director Steven Spielberg hired private choppers to search for - and rescue - his nephew who was missing in the Angeles National Forest. Spending between $3,000 and $4,000 for the successful two-hour search yesterday, the family of hiker Christopher Simon, 23, a nephew of Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw, opted to hire its own search team rather than wait for the Sheriff's Department. The department needed overtime authorization before activating a chopper, officials said.
March 21, 2013 |
THE WAR for the hearts, minds and eyeballs of the region's residents has flared up in the skies over the Delaware Valley. That's where a high-tech, multimillion-dollar battle is taking place as the market's four local television-news operations duke it out - via helicopter. This resurgence of the local chopper war, which first broke out a decade or so ago, was ignited last month when NBC 10 introduced SKYFORCE 10. The blue-and-orange, four-passenger, state-of-the-art Bell 206 L4 LongRanger helicopter boasts four high-def cameras: a rotating "gyro" unit mounted on the front, one on the tail and two in the cabin.
July 1, 1995 |
The Rendell administration yesterday decided to postpone a decision on awarding a contract for police helicopters the city wants to use to track suspects and reduce car chases. The apparent low bidder for the two or three helicopters, American Eurocopter Corp. with a $1,445,000 bid per helicopter, proposed to build the choppers in France, which required a recalculation of the bid under state law. The recalculation made them the high bidder, according to David L. Cohen, Mayor Rendell's chief of staff.
December 1, 2011 |
A Harrisburg man who was convicted in shooting at a Philadelphia Police helicopter will be going to jail for more than 14 years. Jonathan Butler, 28, had been charged with firing a Glock semi-automatic pistol at the helicopter and its pilots as the aircraft conducted a search over North Philadelphia. The helicopter was circling the Norman Blumberg Housing Development on July 25, 2008, pursuing a group of illegal ATV riders, when airborne officers reported the shots, prosecutors said.