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Do any of you guys/gals no of any specific stations that are using the R-44 for ENG.

 

Thanks

 

 

There is one in Orlando but im not sure what station it is

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There is one in Orlando but im not sure what station it is

 

 

In Orlando its CFN 13 the helicopter is provided by Metro Networks, I flew that helicopter for about 10 months. Mobile, AL using one I thinks its Channel 5

 

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In Orlando its CFN 13 the helicopter is provided by Metro Networks, I flew that helicopter for about 10 months. Mobile, AL using one I thinks its Channel 5

 

Hope that helps

 

 

 

Gracias.

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Do any of you guys/gals no of any specific stations that are using the R-44 for ENG.

 

Thanks

 

 

I know Fox in Tampa Florida uses a Bell 206 and has a R22 they contract for radio traffic reports.

That was about 2 years ago so they may have upgraded to the R44?

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In no particular order, the following stations operates R44 Newscopter aircraft:

 

 

WTAE-TV Sky 4, N7030J, Pittsburgh PA

Bay News 9 Sky 9, N7027U, St.Petersburg FL

Central Florida News 13, N7511W, Orlando FL

WHO-TV Chopper 13, Des Moines IA (replaced by Bell 206B3)

WISN-TV Newschopper 12, N7007F, Milwaukee WI (lost in crash)

WISN-TV Newschopper 12, N8369F, Milwaukee WI (current aircraft)

WPTY-TV Air 24, N8365Q, Memphis TN

WOIO-TV Newshawk, N7094J, Cleveland OH

WBAL-TV Live Team 11, N7119U, Baltimore MD (Replaced by AEC AS350B AStar)

WJXX-TV Newschopper 25, N225TV, Jacksonville FL (No longer with station)

 

 

There are several canadian TV and radio stations operating the latest R44 Newscopter based on the Raven II airframe. Same applies in Europe.

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Does anybody have any idea if it would be easier to get in on one of the R44 jobs with less than 1000hrs than it would to land a turbine job? I've got 800 now and am looking to get into ENG. I've got a few hours in the 44 too. I am about to start distributing my resume and making calls etc. so any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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There are several canadian TV and radio stations operating the latest R44 Newscopter based on the Raven II airframe.

 

Quite right, I know for sure there is a 44 in both Calgary & Edmonton, Alberta and there are 2 44's in Toronto, Ontario. I think there is one in Vancouver, BC as well. The tv stations that get the feed are Global affiliates, and the radio stations vary, but are all part of the Corus Group.

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I fly a Raven II for Channel 4 News in Nashville, TN. It isn't ENG equipped, so everything is handheld, but we do have live capability.

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Does anybody have any idea if it would be easier to get in on one of the R44 jobs with less than 1000hrs than it would to land a turbine job? I've got 800 now and am looking to get into ENG. I've got a few hours in the 44 too. I am about to start distributing my resume and making calls etc. so any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

 

I got real lucky. I got hired on to fly the 44 camera ship in Toronto with just over 200 hours. The operator I work for feels that what we do is not a difficult job, and doesn't require a high time pilot. Too be quite honest, after 6 months on the job, I have to agree. I've flown 300 hours in those 6 months, in the highest density airspace in Canada. And with the exception of the odd weekend warrior over-flying me by +/-2oo feet, it's been a walk in the park. Granted all I have to do is fly the helicopter, I have a reporter in the back who operates the camera.

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Fox 4 in Dallas/Fort Worth... R44 Raven II

 

 

There is that exact chopper flying here in dallas, but it is used by WBAP and channel 8(The BELO Corporation,as far as I know ENG for channel 4 is done by a private 206B.

 

Please inform me if you know otherwise, the helo of which I speak is all white and has no visible livery.

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