Griffin Communications launched its newest addition—a Bell 407 helicopter equipped with high-definition news gathering capabilities. The helicopter, to be housed at Griffin’s KWTV Oklahoma City, joins the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter based at Griffin’s KOTV and KWBT Tulsa, Okla., SKYNEWS 6. Named SKYNEWS 9, the station says the helicopter can fly at speeds 20% faster […]
Griffin Communications launched its newest addition—a Bell 407 helicopter equipped with high-definition news gathering capabilities. The helicopter, to be housed at Griffin’s KWTV Oklahoma City, joins the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter based at Griffin’s KOTV and KWBT Tulsa, Okla., SKYNEWS 6.
Named SKYNEWS 9, the station says the helicopter can fly at speeds 20% faster than any other newsgathering helicopter in Oklahoma and contains an HDTV HDL-20 full digital nose-mounted camera powered by Flir Systems’ UltraMedia gyrostabilization technology. Until its launch, there were only four HD cameras loaded on television newsgathering helicopters across the country, and, Griffin says, those cameras are leased rather than owned outright by media companies.
“The addition of SKYNEWS 9 is a significant advantage for our viewers and the state,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? said Griffin Communications president and CEO David Griffin. “Not only does it fly faster than any other helicopter in the state but, with its HD cameras, it is gathering severe storm and tornado pictures for viewers in crisp, stunning detail. Oklahomans have grown to depend on our ability to show them the location and magnitude of storms. This is yet another tool in News 9’s already impressive news/weather gathering arsenal that continues the Griffin tradition and commitment to providing quality news and information content within the state of Oklahoma and creative marketing solutions for clients.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬?
In Tulsa, SKYNEWS 6 is the only television station-owned helicopter in that market. It, too, has a nose-mounted, gyro-zoom stabilized camera—Steadi-Scan 360 Polytech Eagle Vision—that provides steady, close-up pictures of news and weather events.
“The advantage of having two helicopters in the state dedicated to newsgathering will provide more to viewers in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and the State of Oklahoma, “Griffin said. “Our state is known for its tornadic outbreaks especially during spring storm season. Two helicopters will enable our company to track multiple storms or alternatively task one bird to cover damage while the other continues tracking severe weather to provide our viewers with up-to-the-minute storm warnings under the direction of our nationally recognized meteorologists.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬?
Both SKYNEWS 9 and SKYNEWS 6 are equipped with on-board global positioning systems street mapping to pinpoint the exact location of storms and high-gain directional antennae for long-range live capabilities.