- Nov 24, 2016
I've been involved in most of the conversations about low flying helicopters but here is a new one for those of you who just seem to love to defend the helicopters. I live in a rural area (on the water in Hawaii.) I recently had a helicopter do several low level passes over my house (literally over my house at about 100 feet up) and in front of my house (which is the Pacific Ocean.) By low level, I mean well UNDER 100 feet flying very fast. The helicopter was below an 80 foot tree at one point (but over the water at the time) and proceeded to do a 180 degree "stoppy" at maybe 75 feet less than 200 feet from my back yard. If I had been in the air at the time (thank God I wasn't) there is NO WAY I would have been able to move out of the way of such a fast flying helicopter. When they are that low, by the way, you don't hear them coming like you do when then are higher up. Each time (this happened on 3 separate occasions) it scared the crap out of me as it was totally unexpected. The helicopter had no visible markings, but a professional helicopter pilot friend of mine happened to be in the neighborhood and he was able to identify the company and I called them. They refused to call me back or discuss the matter. The "grey area" in helicopter regulations allows them to get away with almost anything and the lack of visible numbering makes it hard to identify the pilot. I have a nice set of photos (but just my phone) to prove this happened. I very clearly informed them (via a message) that I frequently fly my drone in that area commonly between the ground and 200 feet and sometimes up to 400 feet and I respectfully asked them to stop the low-level high-speed passes. Who knows if they will comply.