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Uploaded on May 14, 2011
SKY 5 is the news helicopter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. This video, produced in 1982 for the WRAL-TV public affairs program AWARE with Waltye Rasulala - Public Affairs Director, documents how the helicopter is used to cover news, either via live coverage or shooting the story to be edited later for a newscast. The pilot at that time was Mike Allen, a veteran pilot with 12,000 hours flight time in helicopters. He served as a captain in the US Army flying Chinooks and flew in civilian helicopter aviation as well. The first pilot was veteran pilot Randy Watkins, followed by Mike Allen, veteran pilot Frank Beall, Steve Wiley - current pilot as of 2011. Steve was the primary designer of the current SKY 5 - Bell 407. The first SKY 5 was a Hughes 500 D model (N8624F). The second SKY 5 was also a Hughes 500 D model with updated navigation and updated microwave capabilites. The third and current SKY 5 is a Bell 407 with onboard editing, multi-camera setup. During the early 1980s time period, there were only a few other stations using the helicopter/pilot model on air: WRAL, KPNX, WXIA, KUSA.