WBOC-TV Demonstrates Total Air Superiority With Six Drone Operat - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

WBOC-TV Demonstrates Total Air Superiority With Six Drone Operators and Chopper 16

Posted: Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- WBOC-TV is the first television station on Delmarva to legally launch drones for news-gathering and commercial production with six FAA certified unmanned aircraft operators.

“As Delmarva’s News Leader, it’s our obligation to not only serve our viewers and advertisers throughout the peninsula with the newest technology but also to do it by going through the proper, legal channels,” said Craig Jahelka, WBOC's vice president and general manager. “With six certified drone operators and the continued use of our helicopter, Chopper 16, we like to think that when it comes to news gathering here we have total air superiority.”

WBOC News launched its first drone, a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, during WBOC News at 6 on Friday, March 10th. The Creative Services department also has DJI Inspire 1 Pro with and X5 Camera.

Jahelka said the station plans to purchase more drones, having one at each of its bureaus. WBOC's main studio is in Salisbury, Maryland with an 11,000-square-foot High Definition NewsPlex. WBOC also has satellite offices in both Milton and Dover, Delaware and a virtual bureau in Cambridge, Maryland.

WBOC premiered its aerial coverage in 2005 with the launch of Chopper 16, a Bell Long Ranger L3 helicopter.  Chopper 16 is now in its third generation with a Robinson R-44 outfitted with high-definition stabilized camera and live ENG capabilities.

"The centerpiece of our aerial coverage is Chopper 16. We will continue to rely upon it for stunning high definition live coverage and aerial photography.  Our new drones now allow us to get closer to objects and provide truly unique perspectives,” said John Dearing, WBOC news director.  

Dearing said  WBOC has the largest team of experienced journalists across Delmarva. He added, "Our focus is always on our viewers. We got Chopper 16 back in 2005 to help unify the peninsula with our news coverage.  These drones will solidify that unity further, and help bring us together."

WBOC’s ability to provide aerial photography is not just limited to news. Jahelka said the station's creative services team has two certified operators available for commercial production.

“We strive to always be the on the cutting edge of the latest technology,” Jahelka said. “Our job is to cover the people, places and events important to our viewers and advertisers.  With both HD drones and Chopper 16, WBOC is able to highlight this place we call home.”

WBOC-TV is owned and operated by Draper Holdings, which also owns WBOC-FM, FOX21, WBOC Classics, wboc.com and Loblolly LLC.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    11/20/2017 23:55:00 -05:002017-11-21 04:55:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-11-21 04:55:35 GMT
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
  • Early Black Friday Deals Change Trends

    Early Black Friday Deals Change Trends

    11/20/2017 22:38:00 -05:002017-11-21 03:38:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 10:44 PM EST2017-11-21 03:44:59 GMT
    Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    SALISBURY, Md.- Stores are offering Black Friday deals earlier than ever before and with sales extending online people say they won't leave their home to shop for the holidays this year. "There's not a mad rush as years ago," Joyce Solomon said. "BeMore
    Stores are offering Black Friday deals earlier than ever before and with sales extending online people say they won't leave their home to shop for the holidays this year.More
  • Sussex County Veteran Honored for Service in WWII

    Sussex County Veteran Honored for Service in WWII

    11/15/2017 22:42:00 -05:002017-11-16 03:42:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 9:39 PM EST2017-11-21 02:39:53 GMT
    Courtesy of Rosely RobinsonCourtesy of Rosely Robinson
    A Sussex County veteran was honored Wednesday for his service and sacrifice during WWII in a surprise visit by a Hero's Welcome Delaware.More
    A Sussex County veteran was honored Wednesday for his service and sacrifice during WWII in a surprise visit by a Hero's Welcome Delaware.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    11/20/2017 23:55:00 -05:002017-11-21 04:55:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-11-21 04:55:35 GMT
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
  • Lewes Woman Without Fridge As Holidays Approach

    Lewes Woman Without Fridge As Holidays Approach

    11/20/2017 18:32:00 -05:002017-11-20 23:32:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 9:14 PM EST2017-11-21 02:14:47 GMT
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - A Lewes woman says a broken refrigerator has left her feeling frustrated after six weeks of visits by repairmen, but no solution.Candace Raines purchased a Kenmore Elite from Sears five years ago and purchased the protection plan alMore
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - A Lewes woman says a broken refrigerator has left her feeling frustrated after six weeks of visits by repairmen, but no solution.Candace Raines purchased a Kenmore Elite from Sears five years ago and purchased the protection plan alMore
  • WBOC & FOX21 Return to Verizon FiOS Lineup

    WBOC & FOX21 Return to Verizon FiOS Lineup

    11/20/2017 18:55:00 -05:002017-11-20 23:55:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 6:55 PM EST2017-11-20 23:55:12 GMT
    Draper Media has reached a new multi-year agreement which immediately returns WBOC-TV, FOX21 and Antenna TV to Verizon FiOS customers in Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware.More
    Draper Media has reached a new multi-year agreement which immediately returns WBOC-TV, FOX21 and Antenna TV to Verizon FiOS customers in Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices