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Posted: 8:57 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013
Pilot Andy Holt has been covering the Carolinas for WSOC-TV since 1995, and he loves flying Chopper 9. Holt started flying helicopters in the U.S. Navy in 1986. He spent several years with the HM-15 unit out of Alameda, Calif. and the HM-14 unit out of Norfolk, VA. He flew missions to search for and detonate mines. He later flew helicopters for the Army National Guard out of Columbia, S.C.He retired from the Army National Guard in 2011. Holt loves flying on breaking news and takes pride in being first on the scene, though he said safety is always his top priority. In addition to piloting Chopper 9, he on occasion reports live from the air. The question Holt is most often asked is how fast Chopper 9 can fly. The answer is 120 mph. He can be airborne and on the way to a scene of a news story within two minutes. Holt graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in environmental science. His wife, Kim, is an executive producer with Eyewitness News. They have four children.
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