Chopper 5 is a Bell 206B-3 Jet Ranger III, with a Rolls-Royce engine. It's known around the world for its ruggedness, reliability, and simplicity. The Jet Ranger is considered to be the most popular line of turbine helicopters ever built. It also boasts the best safety record of any single engine helicopter in the world. It can reach a maximum speed of 132 MPH, and can fly up to 430 miles on one tank of gas. It can carry up to 3350 lbs.
When in the air over breaking news, Chopper 5 uses three on-board cameras to bring Action News 5 viewers a clear view of what's happening on the streets below. The FLIR System Ultra Media II, which provides 360 degree visibility of the scene, is used by all U.S. news networks and a host of international news agencies and production organizations around the world. News organizations like this camera because of its cutting edge technology, image stabilization, and greater magnification.