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Military helicopter chased my P3P today

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CCDD, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. CCDD

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    Not even sure what to believe or if this possibly was a coincidence. First off, let me tell you I live in a small New England town, not close to any military bases and roughly 20 miles from a major city and airport. I don't recall the presence of any military type aircraft unless of course they're too high to indentify.
    I left work early due to a sudden break in weather and 75 degree temps so I could fly a bit before dark. I often times will fly from my driveway and fly around the neighborhood at 150-300ft, certainly high enough to clear the many pine trees yet more so to keep from disturbing the neighbors. After about 30 minutes or so and well into my second battery, I heard the noise of a helicopter. I looked up and there it was, directly over my house at an extremely low altitude. It was a direct flyover from where I was standing In my driveway. Although it never returned, I can't help but think they were alerted to the fact that something was flying around in this area. I know it sounds crazy but I'm interested in anyone's thoughts as to whether or not this was likely a coincidence or could they have been searching for what might have been reported by someone on the ground?
     
  2. phantom1972

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    WEIRD!
     
  3. 0DRK3RT

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    Coincidence IMO. If they knew there was a UAS in the area they would likely avoid you instead of seeking out a potential collision. Was your P3 far away when they buzzed you?
     
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    I was perhaps 700 ft away at an altitude of 300 ft.
     
  5. Meta4

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    I can't tell what the helicopter did from your description.
    Did it just fly over at low altitude or did it stop and hover or look around?
    If it just flew over, it's unlikely they even knew you were there.
    The military don't come looking for people who are just flying a Phantom .
     
  6. CCDD

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    They landed in my driveway and put me in a timeout. All kidding aside, it was just a low and direct flyover.
     
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  7. Tony Cowan

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    Yes coincidence. I've seen a few down low too. News copters. Police copters. And hospital copters. No need to worry. The phantom is very hard to see with the naked eye in the sky 700 ft is tough. They did drop any fliers or beam a spot light. You are good. Just good olé paranoia


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    I agree, just coincidence. I have them fly over my house sometimes too. No worries, fly safely & have fun. :)
     
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    If you start seeing blackout armored SUV with guys wearing Kevlar jacket parking on your driveway. Then all bets are off


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    I had been flying and photographing a site that was right next door to a NYC ConEd electric power plant last year for about an hour and may have encroached over their property line a bit in an attempt to get a certain shot of my site from 300 ft. (Hard to tell from my location.) Ten minutes after I had landed and put my Phantom away in its case, a dark helicopter with no visible identification flew past my location just off shore and at a low altitude -- not going very slow, but certainly not going fast. It's possible someone at the plant could have reported seeing the drone and made a call to the local national security number -- but more likely just a coincidence. But it certainly did get my attention. LOL. I will probably fly the same site in a few months and will suggest to the property owner that he give his neighbor a friendly heads up about his planned activity this time -- just so nobody gets nervous.
     
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    CCDD, I would like to know how high you think the chopper was. Was he above 400 feet?
     
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    Military aircraft can pretty much do whatever they like. It is not entirely uncommon to have a military aircraft come screaming over a hill at low altitude.
     
  13. CCDD

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    It's very difficult to judge altitude when an aircraft that large is flying at the same time as my Phantom. If I had to guess, I'd say under 1000 ft.
     
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    Several years ago, flying my fixed wing planes at our club runway. There a few of us up flying when we heard two large choppers approaching fast and low. They were military choppers, and when they spotted us they stopped and turned and looked at us and kind of did the heli wave at us. We took that to be land now lol. when all of us were landed they proceeded to move on and not far behind them was the presidents chopper and more military choppers escorting. This thread brought back that memory and had to share.
     
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    Probably coincidence...it would be very costly for them to put their bird in the air because some neighbor saw something fly over.
     
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    This is crazy. I had an experience last August where I was flying in my residential neighborhood no more than a couple hundred feet to get some nice morning light video( all of my neighbors are ok with it)

    I packed up my P3P and took it back inside. Was in the bathroom for Number 1 and heard a very soft thudding but with enough force to know it was close. I walked out of my backdoor and BAM! there was an Apache Longbow Attack Chopper hovering about 150ft above and slightly off my backyard. It buzzed around the general flight area that my P3 flew and then came back to my home to sit for another few seconds before hauling *** at top speed like it had something to do...

    Needless to say. I was more than perturbed. I suppose it's better to see an Apache than an Mi-24 Hind.


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    Growing up in western ma i usually see that around October when the national guard flying low looking for pot


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    This reaction to seeing manned aircraft during/after a flight and assuming you were the reason or subject of investigation is the same reaction exhibited by those who feel just cause a drone is seen flying by/near their property that the operator was spying on them.

    It also uses the logical fallacy that 'correlation = causation'.
     
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    I live just outside Fort Rucker Al, which is called home of aviation. There are anything from Apache helicopters to black hawks and the occasional chinook that fly over my house daily. I can attest as fact that atleast the Apache can see your drone in the air from its radar on board. I've been in the Guard for 14 years and have been able to meet a lot of these pilots doing various missions with them. A lot of them are young and still mischievous so I wouldn't put it past one of them to get close enough to your UAS to try to bring it down just because they can. I personally try to fly on Sunday when they are not.


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    I'm thinkin' you'll be getting a visit from Rambo soon. Good luck with that.