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Monday, 13 July 2015 15:08

Bicycles and Airplanes Playing Well Together

When you watch the Tour de France this year, there’s an interesting aviation contribution that adds to your enjoyment—the video feed. Cameras on three motorcycles and three helicopters capture the live action. All video is then beamed to a Beech 200 for re-transmission to an on-ground broadcast facility. From there, it’s up to satellites for worldwide distribution. 

Protoplane Special Mission Aircraft in Bagneres de Bigorre, France holds all of the video STCs for the helicopters and Beech 200. Similar Protoplane systems were used at the 2012 London Olympics. Ironically, the Tour passes right in front of the Protoplane facility on Wednesday July 15th! See more details at