Small Market Station Gets News Chopper

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In big markets it's not uncommon for stations to have news helicopters that have 3, 4, 5 or even more cameras on board.

But, when you're in a small market, you have to do it more economically, which is the fancy word for cheap.

WTXL in Tallahassee, Florida has teamed up with a helicopter school to get the market's first ever news chopper.

Don't look for 5 on board cameras in this baby. 

"Within five minutes we can come here from the airport, take on a camera man, we go to the site and be able to provide aerial photography of the news to our community here in Tallahassee which I think will very much be appreciated," says Dr. Thomas Diefenbach of Tallahassee Helicopters.

WTXL points excitedly on the station's website that their 2005 Robinson R44, Raven 2 helicopter has a glass cockpit and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment possessed by only three helicopter schools in the nation, and we have one.

A glass cockpit?!

Take that SKYFORCE 10 in Philly.

The station doesn't save what the "state-of-the-art equipment possessed by only three helicopter schools in the nation."

An engine maybe?

More on Eggbeater 27  (not sure that's the name they are going with, you can go to the station's website.