Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

WFLA gets FAA approval to fly news drones…

WFLA announced today (via press release) that the station has received FAA approval to fly drones for news coverage, in the Tampa media market. This approval makes WFLA the first station in the market to have the ability to fly news drones.

WFLA’s new toy, dubbed “Drone 8″ will be piloted/operated by reporter Peter Bernard (right). He is a certified pilot and is one of several Media General employees who attended a 4 day workshop on drone flight and safety, to comply with FAA regulations. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

WFLA helicopter pilot killed in plane crash…

WFLA announced Monday afternoon that the Tampa station’s back-up helicopter pilot, Lester Hathcox was killed in a private plane crash in Georgia. Hathcox was flying with a local attorney, in his corporate plane.

The plane, which left Lakeland early on Monday morning disappeared from radar about 9:30 a.m. The wreckage was found near Climax GA later that afternoon.

Hathcox served as a back-up pilot for Eagle 8 and had worked locally for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Officer for 20 years before his retirement. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

WFLA unveils a new High-Def helicopter….

(story/photo from – For more than 30 years WFLA-TV has covered news events with a helicopter.

The helicopter, known as Eagle 8, has flown over breaking news all over Central Florida. From the aftermath of hurricanes, to wildfires and missing children, Eagle 8 has given viewers a look at news events as they happen.

This week WFLA has a new helicopter and a new camera system that will bring stunningly clear images to viewers. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2015

More news on WFLA…

Tampa’s WFLA announced in a press release that it will be expanding it’s morning news line-up. The expanded morning newscast will begin one half-hour earlier at 4 a.m. beginning Sept. 8, 2015.

The expanded broadcast will feature current co-anchors Gene Ramirez and Gayle Guyardo, plus weather and traffic on the 8s with Leigh Spann and Leslee Lacey. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2015

A rare sight in TV news…

Check out this picture below that I took at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry’s Hurricane Expo this weekend. The chief meteorologists from all five Tampa market stations were at the event to discuss the upcoming hurricane season and answer questions. Yours truly wrangled these guys all together for a rare photo opportunity after the Q&A. Thanks to all five for chatting and for humoring me.

From left to right Mike Clay (Bay News 9), Denis Phillips (WFTS), Paul Dellegatto (WTVT), Jim Van Fleet (WTSP), Steve Jerve (WFLA)


05 2015