Photos: Bruce Haffner back in the air for "Good Morning! Arizona"


by Catherine Holland

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 3 at 11:36 AM

PHOENIX -- After being grounded by the economy for a couple of years, pilot-reporter Bruce Haffner is back in the air for "Good Morning! Arizona."

Haffner has partnered with Fort McDowell Casino to bring Arizona viewers his unique aerial coverage of news in the Valley.

A fixture at 3TV for nearly 30 years, Haffner is a familiar face to Arizona's television viewers.

Haffner, a graduate of Arizona State University, first joined 3TV in 1984 as a photographer. Once he started shooting video for the station's pilot at the time, he was hooked on flying.

Haffner trained to earn his pilot's license and eventually began flying and reporting from 3TV's helicopter, covering news and traffic for both "Good Morning! Arizona" and "Good Evening! Arizona."

When the news helicopters belonging to 3TV and Channel 15 collided in mid-air while covering a story on July 27, 2007, Haffner was determined to honor his four colleagues and friends who were killed in the crash by continuing to do what he did best -- bring people Valley news from the air.

Bruce HaffnerValley viewers were delighted to see him back on 3TV in the weeks and months after the deadly crash that made news all over the country.

Unfortunately, Haffner's time in the air didn't last.

In an effort to manage costs, 3TV and two other local television stations agreed to share one news helicopter in early 2009. When that happened, Haffner became a general-assignment reporter for "Good Morning! Arizona," chasing news on the ground. His heart, however, was always in the air.

Flying has always been Haffner's passion and he's beyond thrilled to be back in the pilot's seat.

The new Robinson R44 Raven II Newscopter, which features the colorful Fort McDowell Casino logo, is equipped with the latest tools and technology to let Haffner deliver the news to 3TV's viewers in digital HD video.

Haffner flew the helicopter from Dallas to Phoenix and it was love at first flight. He simply couldn't wait to get back in the air and on the air for 3TV's "Good Morning! Arizona."

That wait is finally over, both for Haffner and for 3TV viewers. He's back where he belongs.

You can catch Haffner's live reports from the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper weekdays during "Good Morning! Arizona."