Oklahoma's Own Jim Gardner has joined the News 9 team as the pilot for SkyNews9 HD. Jim has been a pilot for 28 years. He started his career with Cine/Exec Helicopters in Burbank, California, where his flying duties involved various film and photo work, and the transporting of numerous celebrities. Read Jim’s bio.
Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD is Oklahoma’s fastest news helicopter, a Bell 407. A single engine chopper, Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD uses a four-blade, soft-in-plane design rotor with composite hub. This was originally developed for the United States Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD has three high definition cameras on board – one each in the nose, dash and tail so you get the action from all perspectives.
|Speeds At Max Gross Weight|
|Max speed||161 mph|
|Max cruise||153 mph|
|Range at VLRC||380 miles|
|Max endurance||3.8 hrs|
|Standard fuel||127.8 US gal|
|Aux fuel||19 US gal|
|Empty Weight||2,691 lbs|
|Standard internal gross weight||5,000 lbs|
|Useful load, standard||2,309 lbs|