A fixture at 3TV for nearly 30 years, Bruce Haffner, aka ChopperGuy, is a familiar face to Arizona's television viewers.
A graduate of Arizona State University, Haffner 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."
Grounded by the economy in 2009, Haffner was determined to get back to do what he does best -- flying
To make that happen, he teamed up with Fort McDowell Casino and the Yavapai Nation to fly with Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper, providing aerial coverage of news, events and features throughout the Grand Canyon State.
On June 2, 2011, Haffner was back in the air for "Good Morning! Arizona," and loving every minute of it. He's not the only one; 3TV viewers were thrilled to see him back in the pilot's seat.
Bruce lands at the Fort McDowell News Chopper at H'man 'Shawa Elementary School
Haffner said good-bye to 3TV viewers again at the end of May when KTVK's contract with his company, Chopperguy LLC, expired.
Less than a month later, Meredith, which owns CBS5, acquired 3TV and moved quickly to get Haffner back on the air, this time with an expanded audience.
Haffner returned to 3TV and debuted on CBS5 on Oct. 1.
Not only does Haffner cover the news as it happens, NewsChopper 3 allows him to share a unique perspective on many features stories, including the second annual Sky Kids Fly Day in April 2013 and the March 2013 visit of Fifi, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber.
Haffner is married to former "Your Life A to Z" host Lisa Haffner, herself a veteran of the 3TV newsroom.
Bruce Haffner (right), pictured with his wife Lisa Haffner (center) and President and General Manager of 3TV and CBS 5 Ed Munson (left), returned to local television starting Oct.1.
You can catch Haffner's live reports weekdays on "Good Morning! Arizona," as well as on CBS5.
For even more video, check out ChopperGuy.com.