Ponch and Jon pick up the trail of an auto theft ring. A fatherless teenage girl has a crush on Jon. Ponch is running out of excuses to avoid going up on patrol in the CHP helicopter.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kim (as Cyndi Bain)
Bob Patterson
Brianne Leary ...
Brodie Greer ...
Paul Linke ...
David Roya ...
Sammy (as David Roy Chandler)
Paul (as Grand Bush)
Ty Henderson ...
Mr. Affelrod
Vern Rowe ...
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Ponch and Jon pick up the trail of an auto theft ring. A fatherless teenage girl has a crush on Jon. Ponch is running out of excuses to avoid going up on patrol in the CHP helicopter.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Both Jon's apartment and Carol and Kim's apartment appear to share the very same layout and style,as well as the same hallway. See more »


Ponch has an obvious fear of going up in a helicopter and is trying to avoid his turn doing so. When he's finally going up, he's asked if it's his first time being in a helicopter and Ponch responds no, only that type of helicopter. In CHiPs: Career Day Ponch was up in a helicopter flown by and for the CHP. Not only was he eager to go up in the helicopter but didn't express any fears of it afterward. See more »


Bob Patterson: [On patrol in the helicopter] So it isn't me you hate at all.
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: I don't hate anyone. I have no hate in my body. I go to church, I love my country and my mother.
Bob Patterson: But you're terrified of flying?
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: I am not! Get it through your head, Bob - I love flying! There's one thing I'm terrified of.
Bob Patterson: And what's that?
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: Crashing!
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Ponch On A Helicopter
29 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

High Flyer starts when a woman leaves her car to go to the call box and three guys steal her engine. Our heroes chase their blue van. They lose it in a nearby neighborhood. Later, Ponch takes Jon's neighbor shopping while Jon repairs Ponch's car with the help of a girl who has a crush on him.

Ponch pretends to have a cold so he doesn't have to go up in the helicopter. Grossman goes up instead. Soon, they respond to a call about car strippers. The strippers, now in a tan van, drive down an alley and throw tires at Ponch and Jon. Ponch hits one and falls over in garbage.

The next day, Ponch has no ailments and goes up in the helicopter. Ponch reveals he's terrified of crashing. Ponch and Bob in Helicopter 5 notice a brown van near a Mercedes. Jon goes after the van on the ground. He arrests the bald buy after he tries to run. Meanwhile, Ponch and Bob chase the Mercedes. The guy runs away and Ponch gets out and nabs him.

This is an episode when Ponch once again is in a chopper.The helicopter and car chase is one of the best chases the show has ever done.

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