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Highlights for Steve Wiley

  • AMERICAN IDOL finalist Clay Aiken rides in SKY 5

    On May 8, 2003, American Idol finalist and hometown star Clay Aiken traveled to Raleigh. He visited the NC Capitol Building and met Governor Mike Easley. Later Clay hopped into SKY 5 to fly to the Durham Bulls Ballpark to sing the national anthen and throw out the first pitch.
    This video is the “raw” footage shot from inside SKY 5 during the trip. You will hear Clay respond to questions in an interview with WRAL News anchors while he was inflight. Notice that the helicopter hovered over an area between Raleigh and Durham during the interview. After the interview, Clay changed into a Durham Bulls baseball shirt. SKY 5 then made the descent into Durham and landed at the Durham Bulls Baseball Park. SKY 5 pilot Steve Wiley opens the door for Clay and instructs him where to go; directly to the pitchers mound.

  • SKY 5 Hurricane Coverage promo

    SKY 5 can show the viewer images that cannot be seen from the ground. The aerial perspective is very important in telling the whole story, especially while surveying storm damage. This promo shows damage from Hurricane Floyd, September 1999. (Steve Wiley, SKY 5 pilot)

  • SKY 5 Technology promo

    WRAL has always been recognized as a technology leader in the broadcasting industry. In 1999, SKY 5 upgraded to a brand new Bell Helicopter 407. Mulitple HD cameras were installed to bring crystal clear, stable pictures to the viewers.

  • SKY 5 News Promo Feb 94

    SKY 5 promo from 1994. The pilot is Steve Wiley. The helicopter is a Hughes 500 D. The promo demonstrates how the helicopter can provide a unique view of a situation when seen from the air.

  • SKY 5 HD Fay promo

    The phrase “Look Up for SKY 5” is a nod to the original SKY 5 when it was introduced in 1979. The new SKY5 HD ushered in a new era of high tech news gathering from the air 2000. You can see the HD camera mounted near the front of the helicopter. A news photographer seated in the back seat operates the camera by remote control. You can also see the microwave unit mounted underneath the helicopter between the skids.