Flying over Rochester

Today I had the opportunity to get some aerial shots for a documentary I’m working on called “School’s Out.” Our task was to get some beauty shots of Rochester. John was shooting, our director Chris was navigating, and me? ┬áI was just along for the ride.

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That’s a pretty small whirlybird, isn’t it?

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The helicopter was made by Rolls Royce, and our pilot Sam showed us the turbine engine, which weighs less than 200 lbs. I think he was trying to ease our minds by talking mechanics. Not sure that helped.

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The four of us climbed into a space smaller than a compact car!

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We were told NOT to lock the door, which was confusing, given the labels.

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We couldn’t ask for a better day. No wind. Great temperature. Here’s a shot of The Genesee River.

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Some shots of downtown.

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An overview of the fill-in work on the Inner Loop.

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The U of R — hey, I got married there!

What I don’t have a picture of is me looking green. Sure enough, about halfway through the flight I got nauseated and broke out in a cold sweat. Still worth it!