November 19, 2002 :
Whirlybirds 2003 - Documentary UPDATE
Wilmington, DE USA ( Press Release ) -
"Whirlybirds 2003", the new
television documentary dealing with rotary wing flight, is rolling as
location production continues on the East coast. The current mission: to
make presentation to international broadcasters during the NATPE
convention (New Orleans) in January.
The one hour television special leads off with a special tribute to the
pioneers, the men and women who introduced rotary wing flight and have
made it such an integral part of our lifestyle. "Whirlybirds 2003"
follows the progression of rotary wing aviation over the past 50 years, and
highlights the various missions of helicopters through dramatic
reenactments, sound bites with industry professionals and never before seen
"This is the first program in a number of years, that is dedicated
solely to helicopters and their vital missions," says producer Amy
Steelman-Angeli. "...and we believe that the show (also) serves as a special
tribute to the men and women who fly them."
Although the program will highlight many current rotary wing
applications and programs, "Whirlybirds 2003" leads off by acknowledging the
mother ship -- the Bell 47. And what better way than through the technical
guidance and expertise of The Bell 47 Helicopter Association. Special
thanks go out to Joey Rhodes and the association for offering to bring
the history of the Bell 47 alive in vivid reenactments.
Check the association's website at:
"We're still searching for a hospital-based air med-evac provider to
feature in the program," says co producer and videographer, Lou Angeli.
"Our plan is to demonstrate how medical helicopters squeeze the timeline
by allowing seriously ill or injured patients to make it to definitive
health care..." before the golden hour expires.
Other scenarios, which are scheduled for the show, include news
gathering, firefighting, air rescue, law enforcement, and sport recreation.
"We also wish to thank the aviation community for helping us bring this
important story to the screen," says Amy, whose work includes reality
television and documentaries. The team's Fire-Rescue footage is seen on
TV networks worldwide, and is featured in an upcoming episode of NBC's
"The West Wing."
The broadcast TV version of "Whirlybirds 2003" will be available in a
special "extended director's cut" video and DVD. Live events, including
a pilots' airshow, presented exclusively by the Bell 47 Association,
are scheduled to help promote the program's release.
The producers are still searching for compelling leads, which will help
in telling the story of helicopters and their pilots. Feel free to
contact the Amy or Lou with your ideas and suggestions by phoning (302)
753-9620. email: Whirlybirds2003@aol.com
Other programs produced by Amy and Lou:
"Whirlybirds 2003" is a working title only and is not intended to
infringe on any existing trademark or copyright. Produced in association
with: 9th Street Films, Inc.