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WJZ receives R66 helicopter

16th July 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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An R66 Newscopter has been delivered to television station WJZ of Baltimore, Maryland, Robinson Helicopter announced on 11 July.

The helicopter has been leased to WJZ by Robinson Helicopter dealer, SKY Helicopters. SKY will also provide on-going aviation and technical support.

WJZ has been operating a Robinson R44 Newscopter since early 2019, and elected to add a the larger R66 Newscopter equipped with Electric News Gathering technology including an upgraded stabilised gimbal that houses an Ikegami HDL-F3000 Ultra Low-light camera equipped with Canon’s HJ 40x10B lens; three 2-way FM radios; and a microwave system with a high gain directional pod. Other options include a HeliSAS Autopilot.

Robinson’s R66 Newscopter is capable of providing three hours of continuous live TV coverage.

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