It's difficult to say because of telephoto lens, but ... YES !Aside for the drone which looks unbelievably stupid does anyone else think the helicopter was dangerously low or looked it?
A "show of force" would be power braking an MRAP - Wikipedia to smoke it's tires, just like the winner of a NASCAR race. As a retired professional helicopter pilot, I condemn that act; as a dangerous circus stunt.I agree - hovering at that height was almost certainly more about projection of power than operational need.
Obviously they have SOPs - it would be interesting to know what those have to say about that kind of flying.
Looks like police academy graduation is a prerequisite with this department. The "mission" comes first, works better if you're really committed to backing brothers on the street. They can teach you to how to fly, using a really dedicated officer as an instructor. How to hover OGE over a crowd of criminals, could be in the lesson plans. Air Support Division - Los Angeles Police Department Ranking instructors can also teach "professional courtesy" to have a FLIR operator "look away" during the take-down, so that no recording exists.Obviously they have SOPs - it would be interesting to know what those have to say about that kind of flying.
Amen! As soon as ANY helicopter appeared less than 500' AGL, that dumbass drone pilot should have been dropping to the ground like a stone! Such ******** as these will drive this hobby to oblivion!It's difficult to say because of telephoto lens, but ... YES !
One could argue that it's a "working helicopter" and sometimes you have to bet your life on the engine. Or that it's a public use aircraft and the rules don't apply. I'm guessing 100' AGL and if you were really good, you'd be hard pressed to not bend metal if it burped. Even having recurrent factory training in high altitude hovering auto's under your belt, is risky if you've had an intense flight, and are tired at the end of a shift. They appeared close enough to be taken out with a side arm from the ground. When pigs fly - Wikipedia. Definitely not a very professional pilot. FLIR can effectively reach out to touch someone from 1000' no need to expose yourself like that. I thought the drone pilot was worse than the helicopter pilot operating that close to the helicopter, with the caveat that it's difficult to say because of the telephoto lens.