Fort McDowell Casino
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 H'man 'Shawa Elementary School
The 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.
Not only does Haffner cover the news as it happens, the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper 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 Boeoing B-29 Superfortress bomber.
Haffner is married to "Your Life A to Z" host Lisa Haffer, herself a 3TV veteran.
You can catch Haffner's live reports weekdays on "Good Morning! Arizona."
For even more video, check out ChopperGuy.com.
Fort McDowell Casino and the Yavapai Nation
The excitement at Fort McDowell Casino includes our Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation which is located within Maricopa County just north of Mesa, east of Scottsdale and only 24 miles from Phoenix.
The community was created by Executive Order on September 15, 1903.
The 40-square mile reservation is home to 600 community members and another 300 members live off reservation.
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation takes pride in its economic development and the expansion of direct services to meet the changing needs of all tribal members while at he same time preserving traditional values.
For more information about Fort McDowell Casino, call 1-800-THE-FORT.