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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.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2011 | By Dante Anthony Fuoco, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
October 17, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 24, 1992 | Los Angeles Daily News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
NEWS
July 1, 1995 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 1, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 31, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEDFORD, N.J. - A Marine Corps helicopter used in support of transporting President Obama made an unplanned landing outside a school in South Jersey, authorities said yesterday. First Lt. Agustin Cruz Solivan tells The Courier-Post that the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight had developed a maintenance issue while it was returning to Quantico, Va., on Wednesday. The helicopter had taken off from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where Obama had landed on Tuesday before touring parts of the Jersey Shore damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
MAYBE HAVING all the toys isn't the best idea. As my buddy Chuck Darrow wrote about in these pages Wednesday, NBC 10 recently debuted a new helicopter called SKYFORCE 10 (all caps!) But on a Tuesday broadcast, reporter Christine Maddela and her crew got more than they bargained for: some doggy porn. Maddela was reporting on an alleged dogfighting ring in Germantown when the camera zoomed in on the backyard only to catch one dog mounting another. Bow chick-a wow wow . "You can see that one dog is . . . uh . . . chained up . . . , " Maddela said, trying to draw focus away from the copulating pooches.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Television news chopper wars? NBC10 - whose local news broadcasts rank second at 6 p.m. and third at 11 - has added a helicopter to its news-gathering organization after breaking off a chopper-sharing relationship with CBS3 and Fox29. A TV chopper, sources say, can cost a station from $500,000 to $1.5 million a year. NBC10 says it's flying the chopper daily in the morning and afternoon, and the addition of the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger is part of Comcast Corp.'s investment in NBC-owned television stations around the country.
NEWS
November 2, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer
YOU WANT TO focus on the little signs of progress - on the lights flickering back to life, the bulldozers pushing piles of sand, the subways and trains carrying commuters once again. But the pure horror that Hurricane Sandy visited upon the Northeast earlier this week still finds ways to take your breath away. The Daily News on Thursday hovered in a helicopter above Seaside Heights, where jagged pieces of the Casino Pier pointed toward the surf and the twisted remains of a roller coaster that plummeted into the water.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer
THE DAILY NEWS took to the skies Tuesday to get a bird's-eye view of the jaw-dropping damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the Jersey Shore from Long Beach Island to Ocean City. Numerous roadways were covered in murky floodwaters in Harvey Cedars and Beach Haven. Private boats were piled together or moored on their sides, like a child's broken toys, in North Beach and Ship Bottom. Signs of flooding were remarkably less obvious from a helicopter above Brigantine and Atlantic City, which lost a sizable chunk of the north end of its landmark Boardwalk.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A FIERY helicopter crash in Bucks County on Wednesday claimed the life of the pilot, a recently retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was a great-grandson of former President Herbert Hoover. The helicopter went down in the woods and caught fire shortly after takeoff around 6:30 a.m., when emergency dispatchers said callers reported hearing an explosion. State Police identified the pilot as Cpl. Doug Brigham, a 24-year veteran who retired early last year. Authorities said that he also was a decorated pilot, a member of the local fire company that responded to his crash and the Tinicum Township Department of Emergency Management, and a volunteer for Patient Airlift Services.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A BRIDESBURG man's bright idea for a prank may land him more than two years in prison. Daniel F. Dangler, 29, pleaded guilty in federal district court Wednesday of aiming a laser pointer at a CBS3 news helicopter during the July 18 filming of an arrest. Defense attorney Anthony Stefanski said Dangler, who suffers from depression and has been on disability since 2004, was "just waving the laser around. " "He's not a bad guy and he didn't know what he was doing was wrong," Stefanski said.
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