A low-flying helicopter will hover over Nebraska in the coming weeks, but officials say there's no cause for alarm.
Skyworks, a London-based aerial filming specialist, has been hired to obtain high-definition footage of landscapes, monuments, resources and attractions to aid in promotion of the state.
Kathy McKillip, director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission, said the cost would have been prohibitive for one agency, so a handful of them collaborated. Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will join the tourism commission in the effort.
"It's the first time all these agencies have partnered together, so it's a very exciting relationship builder for us," McKillip said. "We have a common goal, and that is to increase awareness of the unique opportunities available in Nebraska."
It's a project that's been in the works for about six months. The images captured will become part of a collection the agencies can draw from for websites, commercials, documentaries, publications and live presentations.
"We want to show Nebraska in a way that can't be seen from just traveling down the Interstate," McKillip said.
It's the first time Skyworks has been to Nebraska. In the past, it has produced footage for the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
"We are delighted to have the chance to film in Nebraska," said Colin Mills, Skyworks director. "The combination of great landscapes and the human history of the state makes for a wonderful challenge: to tell some of Nebraska's stories from the sky."
Filming is scheduled for July 3-10. According to McKillip, the crew will be in a blue and white Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, otherwise known as a Bell 206.
She said the crew would tweet about its journey as it goes along. The Skyworks' Twitter feed can be followed at hashtag #skyneb. The flight can be seen in real time at netNebraska.org/skyneb. Recent footage, background details and a daily travel blog will all be on the site.