Aerial Photos of Vancouver From My News1130 Air Patrol Ride Along With Kim Seale


Monday, February 25th, 2013 — 11:42am PST
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On Thursday afternoon I was flying between 1,000 and 1,300 feet above the Lower Mainland with News1130 Radio‘s Kim Seale as she put in her afternoon shift from her “office in the sky”. Kim takes off twice a day, for about three hours each time, during the morning and afternoon rush hours. She spots stalls, accidents, and delivers traffic updates from the best vantage point possible.

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I had initially reached out to News1130 to see if I could do a ride-along with Kim after seeing some of her aerial photos pop up on their Twitter account. Things worked out and soon I found myself driving down a quiet Delta road by the sea with eagles circling overhead. I arrived at the airport, Kim loaded me up with gravol (as previous passengers have been unable to keep from turning green in the air) and I received a security briefing of the station’s Cessna before we took off from Boundary Bay.

Aerial Photos from News1130 Air Patrol

It wasn’t the best day for flying with strong winds, low clouds, and hail in some parts (which we avoided) but our pilot Parker navigated the airspace above Metro Vancouver with ease. I managed to snap a few hundred aerial photos with two different cameras and have picked out some of my favourite shots:

South Fraser Perimeter Road
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Massey Tunnel

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Alex Fraser Bridge
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Burnaby Lake
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Downtown Vancouver

Aerial Photos from News1130 Air Patrol

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Granville Island
Granville Island Aerial

We circled the major routes and bridges, and when Kim got a report of traffic activity we were on the scene (well, above it) within minutes.

Surrey

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Aerial Photos from News1130 Air Patrol

Aerial Photos from News1130 Air Patrol

After doing this for the last 10 years, Kim Seale knows her landmarks, intersections, and can spot everything from Grey Whales off Point Roberts to the names of ferries docked in Tsawwassen. She takes photos and video with her iPad and beams it down to the newsroom so that they can get up-to-the-minute information out to their listeners and web readers. When a new map book comes out, she studies it. When a downed bird gets stuck on the windy runways at Boundary Bay, she rescues it.

Golden Ears & Pitt River Bridges

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Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

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View my full set of photos on Flickr and follow me on Instagram for some mobile shots as well.

Aerial Photos from News1130 Air Patrol

A big thanks to News1130 for making my ride-along possible and to Kim and Parker for letting me experience a small part of their workday.

Tonight is the News1130 Tweetup at The Sandbar on Granville Island so if you’re into food, prizes, and meeting other radio listeners then post an update on Twitter including #1130TU and follow @News1130Radio to win your way in.

Disclosure: Unpaid, Personal Opinion
This is not a paid post or endorsement. I just thought it would be really cool to head into the skies with Kim Seale and indeed it was!

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8 comments

  1. Beautiful stuff and great photos!

  2. Dawn says:

    Awesome photos! Really enjoyed them!

  3. Scott says:

    How do I sign up for a “fly along”?!?!? Such a beautiful city!!

  4. Doreen says:

    I enjoyed an aerial ride over the city of my birth. Good job!

  5. Robyn says:

    Great photos, Rebecca!

  6. judy reid says:

    great pics! vancouver from the air looks like hong kong! beautiful!

  7. eD DivA says:

    Magnifique! these aerial photography of Vancouver are just awesome. Superb . . . Excellent . . . Stunning ! Kudos .

  8. Gary says:

    Never realized we had so much water surrounding us!

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