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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

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.

Helicopter Specifications
Speeds At Max Gross Weight
Max speed161 mph
Max cruise153 mph
Range at VLRC380 miles
Max endurance3.8 hrs
Standard seating5
Standard fuel127.8 US gal
Aux fuel19 US gal
Empty Weight2,691 lbs
Standard internal gross weight5,000 lbs
Useful load, standard2,309 lbs

Standard Specifications

  • All composite, four-blade rotor provides superior hover performance, speed and a smooth quiet ride
  • Standard bi-fold door with a 61 in (155 cm) opening for quick and easy loading and unloading
  • Exceptional useful payload capability of 2,332 lbs/1,058 kg
  • Spacious 85 ft3/2.4 m3 cabin that accommodates 6 passengers and is multi-mission capable
  • Demonstrated 140 kts/259 kph speed
  • Max range of 330 nm/611 km
  • Three High-def cameras on board: nose, dash and tail
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