High school football is well underway in Hampton Roads. While most people in our area go to the games by car, foot or bike, only a few lucky people will arrive by air!
It has become a familiar sight and sound to hear the beating noise of propeller blades of WAVY Chopper 10 at local football games.
Each Friday night, one lucky WAVY reporter gets to sit up front with pilot Steve Decker while photographer Chris Omahen sits in the back seat. Decker navigates the skies while Omahen works the camera for one-of-a-kind aerial highlights.
The reporter’s job is to find something unique about the host school and bring it to the viewers of Friday Night Flights. The story can be about a long time volunteer, coach, parent, player or teacher. The story might be a school game-day tradition. Anything goes for Friday Night Flights.
Recently I went up in Chopper 10 to cover games at both Bayside and First Colonial High School. Can I just say that arriving at a football game in a chopper is one of the coolest things you can do as a reporter!
Decker normally lands at a nearby soccer or baseball field and the fans love seeing Chopper 10 swoop in and out. We hope that the loud noise does not interfere with the game, but seeing highlights from the air later seems to be worth it.
So buckle your seat belt and check out this behind the scenes ride in the video below. Also don’t forget to catch Friday Night Flights on WAVY-TV 10 Fridays at 11:15 p.m.