Chopper 13 HD

Chopper 13 HD
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13 Eyewitness News - now with Indiana's first and only HD news helicopter. Chopper 13 HD offers stunning pictures with sharper images of breaking news. When it comes to news coverage, WTHR never compromises. That's leadership in action.

Rolls Royce, formerly Allison, makes the engine from right here in Indianapolis. It is a gas-turbine engine producing 813 shaft horsepower and burns about 43 gallons of jet fuel per flight hour.

Win a ride in Chopper 13. Enter to win at the WTHR Health Expo April 27 & 28 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.



Top speed for the Bell 407 is 140 knots or 161 mph. We are however, limited to 120 knots or 138 mph with the Cineflex HD camera installed. Either way, we're about 25 m.p.h. faster than the competition. Spot news is big business and we like to get going before the competition does to ensure that you will see it first on 13 Eyewitness News.

Sony makes the camera body in the Cineflex V14 HD, and the lens is a made by Fujinon. The stunning video in the BBS series "Planet Earth" was shot with a V14. NBC Universal also uses the Cineflex. This particular unit was used to shoot most of the video for the reality show "Survivor."

During the Sunrise show, we normally fly with a crew of two, pilot and photographer. Sometimes we will have a reporter in the back seat as the third crew member during special events such as the Indy 500, mini marathon, and major breaking news. The internal cameras are also HD.

Our lead pilot is Butch Bates. Brian Miller and Luke Harper are part-time pilots for Chopper 13 HD.