"The treasure map": why you will see fewer helicopters this year

“The treasure map”: why you will see fewer helicopters this year


TELEVISION – The treasure map is back this Wednesday, July 6 on France 3 (from 9:10 p.m.). The red and blue candidates will compete in the heart of the Esterel massif in a playing area which includes, among others, Roquebrune-sur-Argens and Saint-Raphaël (Var).

But this year, you won’t see the candidates’ helicopters on screen as much. The production has decided to put in place new rules to push the candidates to find the clues without multiplying the superfluous trips in the air.

A puzzle without a helicopter has been devised in order to push the candidates to manage on their own or by using alternative means of transport such as a boat or a bicycle. A second challenge called “The One-Flight Puzzle” will force them to be strategic and try their luck, as they will only be able to use their helicopter once in the entire puzzle.

“The objective of these new rules is to spice up the game and surprise the candidates, explains producer Pierre-Antoine Boucly au HuffPost. It also allows us to explore different areas, to play for example in completely urban universes, like in Saint-Raphaël in the show this Wednesday evening. And, icing on the cake, it allows us to reduce our carbon emissions.”

A fuel saving of 14%

Amazing new rules that reflect the show’s willingness to make efforts, while the subject of global warming is one of the major concerns today.

The program has therefore undertaken to reduce its carbon emissions from one season to the next by optimizing the use of helicopters and reducing flight times. A promise that translates very concretely during filming.

“Once in the air, the competitors now have little time to think, because we ask the pilots to adopt efficient trajectories to reduce flight times and therefore consumption, continues the one who is at the head of 99% Media , executive producer of the program. We are reducing the speed of the helicopters and adopting less energy-intensive maneuvers.”

In total, production estimates that it saved 14% fuel compared to previous years thanks to these new rules and the instructions given to the pilots. Which represents between 3,000 and 5,000 liters of fuel during the filming of the eight-episode season, if we rely on the consumption data sent by production to our colleagues at Checknews in August 2020 (between 2500 and 4000 liters of fuel per emission).

In parallel, The treasure map since 2019, offsets the carbon emissions of its helicopters with Reforest’Action and participates in a tree replanting program in France and around the world, in areas that suffer from deforestation. This approach was a first response to the detractors of the show who denounced a program that was too energy-intensive.

Frying oil and drone to consume better

Other actions are also implemented to move towards carbon neutrality. Among them, the fact of having the teams travel by train rather than by plane or even consuming locally. But Pierre-Antoine Boucly hopes that the show can go further in the coming years. One of the ideas is to test the famous Evtol (electric vertical take off and landing), a sort of electric flying car which should be operational for the 2024 Olympics, as we mentioned on The HuffPost in January 2021 in the video below.

“We are very interested in EVTOL and we would like to be the first to use”, announces the production. Until then, The treasure map is awaiting recommendations from Airbus for the use of biofuel from the recycling of used cooking oil. And hopes for more flexibility for the use of drones, already integrated into the device of the show to film certain sequences.

“Today we cannot fly over a city in a drone, without having first evacuated the streets and other public areas. While in a helicopter the problem does not arise. We are campaigning for authorizations to be given to more efficient drones, piloted by professional pilots. The gain would be enormous”, concludes Pierre-Antoine Boucly, who hopes for a change in the legislation on this subject.

See also on The HuffPost: Without “The treasure map”, “Fort Boyard” would never have seen the light of day

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