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KFMB's Helicopter

Discussion in 'General TV' started by A3N, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. Eat News

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    They would just be banking hours anyway this time of year.
    The BIG question is "what was the status of airframe CN/3470 pre-2005?

    Salvage?
     
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    Maybe they can buy a drone, and cover "Breaking News" like the "Leader" they are...
     
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    Batteries NOT included chopper8toy.jpg
     
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    Hey, I had one of those! They sold them at Arby's at the time. Wish I still had it.

    Edit: Funny how the packaging says: "The UNSTOPPABLE Chopper 8". Ironically it was a loss of power that stopped Chopper 8.
     
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    They say that that dog Flyer was killed when he fell out of Chopper8 during a promo shoot.
    Edit: Thank God the pup landed in the surf...if he had hit the sand he would have never lived the 13 minutes extra to finish the shoot.

    R.I.P.
    Flyer
     
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    Well, at least the name was appropriate...
     
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    Read the third column second paragraph. I'm assuming the helicopter they reference in the third column second paragraph is KFMB's bird which is being outfitted with the latest technology. It comes from a profile on Welk Aviation and the 206 Jet Ranger is the only bird in their fleet and is based out of San Diego.

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    You can read the full profile on Welk Aviation here: http://issuu.com/heliweb/docs/heliweb_dec
     
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    The "latest technology" is a cut and paste job. Nobody is making plug and play eng gear for the 206...just A-stars.
    Next this Latest technology does not work.

    Finally a 206b-3 is a terrible platform for ENG work in California. terrain in the San Diego DMA goes from sealevel to 6000 feet asl. The police, medical and fire departments abandon the 206 years ago because it's slow and cannot carry much of anything unless you fly with only a half load of fuel. Chopper 8 cannot hover at 100% power for any amount of time.....cannot take a mountain pass....or keep up with any pursuits that exceed 100mph. The most recent top speed of chopper 8 was 119mph at 2000ft on a maintenance flight with only the pilot between San Diego and Pacoima(LA) a few weeks ago.
    ACA is blowing smoke up somebody's ass.

    Notice how the back-up A-Star never had problems.

    Why doesn't Welk use an A-star for Chopper 8...
    Because it's not in the budget.
    206 B 3's suck as ENG airships....ask any ENG pilot.

    Sure Larry would LOVE to use his A-star...but Total Traffic Network and the subscribers of Chopper 8 are too cheap.
     
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    Do you have a rough idea as to what the cost difference is between an A-Star and a 206? Also, it doesn't make sense for Welk to get a 206 for a contract when they have several A-stars available on fleet. Since I'm sure that they will have to pass along the cost of having acquired that chopper to TTN and KFMB...
     
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    helofail.jpg Averag
    A lot of variables there.
    I say about $450 grand for the 206.
    An Astar is twice as much depending of many factors.

    It's all based on cost per hour...more variables.
    That airship has been floating around Van Nuys for a few years doing tours and movie work. It was N218SS(blue paint) from 2005 now it's N218GH(red paint). n218gh.jpg n218ss.jpg
     
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    Chopper 8 is flying this morning...but don't expect anything but traffic reports.
     
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    Yeah, they've been up in the Chopper since New Year's Eve. They were even flying on New Year's Day...shocking. And, I gotta point out, that normally with this type of weather, even if there was/is clear skies they would still ground the chopper. That's not the case today. Color me impressed. Although, I do have to point out that the chopper doesn't sound as loud on-air, so i'm wondering if they're using the A-Star today.
     
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    Ahhhhh
    Fresh snow in the mountains. You would think Chopper 8 would be all over that....just like the snow in LA.

    But Nooooooo
    You see Chopper 8 is flying today...just not to the mountains. The snow level is about 4500 feet, but that's way too high for Chopper 8...and way to far...not enough gas...not enough insurance...or flying experience.

    Maybe if Phil goes on a diet we can have snow video.
     
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    Hey, at least they're flying. How many times have they been grounded when a little rain/wind/fog comes in?
     
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    Baby steps ya think?
     
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    For sure. Are they using the A-star or they back in the 206?
     
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    I can't tell you what bird is up today but the A-star would have NO problem going to the mountains as long as it was clear. But....
    Looking at the wx radar it is pretty socked in still.
    Camzone has yanked all the live wxcams,zoo cams and the Chopper 8 feed. KGTV and KUSI have now lost most their live wx cams (lol) cuz they tailgated off those feeds.
    Sux to be cheap!
     
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    KUSI being Cheap?!?! No way! Never in a million years! :rolleyes: Hey, at least KFMB finally invested in upgrading their skycams to HD. KNSD uses the Irvine Co. cams if i'm not mistaken?
     
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    When KFMB upgraded the ENG RX sites to HD, they also upgraded the cameras. KGTV has a few dedicated cams also that route off the ENG sites(Soledad, Union Bank and Mt Miguel).
    If you ever seethe KGTV UCSD camera is so bad that you could be fooled into thinking it's shooting a pretty starry night...
    In reality that camera has so many lost pixals it just looks starry....even with cloudy,foggy skies.
     
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