Aerial Chasing

Discussion in 'Advanced weather & chasing' started by JCarlson, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. JCarlson

    JCarlson Lurker

    Apr 24, 2017
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    I'm interested to see if there are any sort of chasing adventure company that provides aerial tours.

    I would love to get pictures of the storms, at a distance of course, from 5 or 6,000 feet. I realize the vast potential for danger, it's just a thought.

    Has anyone heard of this or would it just be too dangerous? I'm thinking I'd use my loooong lens!


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  2. Marc R. O'Leary

    Sep 7, 2013
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    Reach out to Skip Talbot...he's chased in light aircraft. As for tours...I doubt such a thing exists.
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  3. David Williams

    Oct 14, 2008
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    I have my single engine - land pilot's license and I've toyed with the idea of going aerial chasing, but I've never managed to pull it off. I have more than 100 hours of flight time, and I still feel that it's too cumbersome to try and do it. Since I'm VFR (Visual Flight Rules) rated, I can't fly into clouds and must maintain a minimum distance from the clouds. That, in addition to all the preparation that would be required and the aligning of perfect circumstances, makes it too complicated for me.

    Now with that said, I have started taking helicopter training flights in Tulsa, OK. I saw the convenient potential for flying helicopters and chasing Right from the start. Obviously, all the news stations use helicopters as well. So I asked my flight instructor and the owner of the company if my chase partners and I could hire the helicopter and a pilot to go Heli chasing. They agreed. So it is possible to do; however, I still haven't done it yet because the circumstances haven't been right. My chasing partners and I almost got one heli chase, but the pilot wasn't available.

    If you want a bit more info about it, you can check out the "heli chasing" section on my website under the "chasing with me" tab.

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  4. Brian McKibben

    May 6, 2005
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    I have a SEL VFr too and have thought about chasing from the air. My concern is with a small aircraft I might not have enough power to stay out of trouble . I'd need at least a C172. Also I think high winged aircraft like Cessna would be best. The low wings on a piper would block your view. And remember that the tv stations are pretty far from the storm. But they have reallllllllly hood cameras that can zoom in. So the drawbacks for me are needing enough power to get put of the inflow and even if I had that could I even get close enough to see anything. Regardless I'd still love to fly up on a nice lp and see the structure.

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