Tallahassee station debuts chopper in partnership with flight school

WTXL-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee, Fla., has partnered with a local helicopter school to bring the first TV news chopper to its market.

In partnership with Tallahassee Helicopters, the station is now able to operate its own helicopter for news coverage, a tool that would likely be out of reach for a station of this size.

“(We will) try to support the station in the best way we can, many fixed events like football games, Springtime Tallahassee, Fourth of July, then there will be newsworthy events just happening,” said Thomas Diefenbach of Tallahassee Helicopters. “Within five minutes we can come here from the airport, take on a camera man, we go to the site and be able to provide aerial photography of the news to our community here in Tallahassee which I think will very much be appreciated.”