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Been getting attention from 2 helis yesterday...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sergekouper, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. sergekouper

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    I was doing a job yesterday close to a large railway bridge when an helicopter appeared in my zone. I moved quickly away and landed as we wanted to check the SD card anyway. I Don't know what it was doing there, but it passed us slowly, stopped and started hovering... for about 5 to 10mn, and went away. 5 minutes later, a police helicopter came directly hovering right above us. Again for about 5 minutes while I was still on the ground. Obviously the site is sensitive as there are multiple railways and trains passing every minute or so. I was glad to be clear with everything, but quite intimidated. I guess the first one reported us and Police came to have a look.
     
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  3. sergekouper

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  4. LUISMARTINEZ

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    May be wise to call local cops in advance when filming potentially sensitive facilities. Terrorism is in every one's mind and I don't expect a call about your activity to the local police to go w/o a response.
    Common sense.
     
  5. sergekouper

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    Not required in that zone with a sub 7 kg, so I didn't want to test the authorities possibly ruining my job. I want also to be relevant and not wasting the time of professionals dealing with much more important things...However, flying the 900 I would have definitely called the ATC, which would have published the event in NATS, so the police would have been aware of it in time... I think I did ok, what do you think?
     
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  6. LUISMARTINEZ

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    I don't do notifications because I have to, but because it's a courtesy and gets the local gendarmes used to UAV's. Some are just curious and will drive by to see the flight. Good PR.
     
  7. sergekouper

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    Will consider it next time... :)
     
  8. ianwood

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    Not to ...derail... the thread but Luis, who do you notify and is this for personal, professional work or both?
     
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  9. LUISMARTINEZ

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    Personal, hope soon professional. If it's going to be anywhere near a spot that will attract attention. State parks, a bridge, near a power station, etc. I call the local fuzz. I spent 32 yrs. as a cop in my county( I am familiar with what makes them nervous) and most cops know me, I guess I feel very comfortable chatting with them...

    Things are good now, but I'm waiting for the first home grown moron (I don't call them terrorists) who tries to put explosives on a UAV to harm anyone or anything. Then we'll get screwed..:eek:
     
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    Groan


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  11. kenjancef

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    Oh no he di-n't... :)
     
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