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Random low flying plane flew right over over my P3

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Steiger21, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Steiger21

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    I was trying to film the local fireworks from above my house (which is in the country and less than 4 miles from the fireworks) and, what appeared to be a low flying plane or ultralight flew in from a few miles away, and flew right at my Phantom. It later did a 2nd pass right over top of me. I was only at around 300 ft, and lowered quickly because it looked dangerously close. It looked like another drone at first but it was loud and sounded like a gas motor. The "ufo" lol, flew in what looked like a large circle around the fireworks and over the city, going out of its way to check my P3 out. I didn't think low flying aircraft like that were allowed to fly that low over city limits, does anyone else have any knowledge on this? What it most likely was?
     
  2. LordEvil

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    Are you in Seguin by chance? Same here, a low flying plane probably at 400 feet or just under flying a square pattern. I sent my phantom up and the plane never came over head instead navigated 1/2 a mile away.
     
  3. Bluethundr

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    hmm.. from what I have heard a airplane must stay 500 AGL and higher, that is unless take off or landing. Helicopters on the other hand can go below that. I have had one a many airplanes below 300 feet in the area before. If i could only see the tail number to report them. As for ultralights I am not sure on those..
     
  4. Steiger21

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    Nope, I'm in Orrville, Ohio. This looked a lot lower than it was, but I doubt it was over 500-700 feet
     
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    The human eye is the absolutely worst equipment for measuring altitude or height. The aircraft was likely at 500 ft.
     
  6. 2nd2non

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    I had several news choppers orbiting around the fireworks in St. Louis. They definitely were below 400ft. Wasn't going to send out my P3 until I saw green lights from two other aerial devices, so up I went. They returned quickly due to what appeared low batteries (red lights), while I hung out for the entire show around 350ft up near the center to avoid the choppers
     
  7. skyhighdiver

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    Guess you wouldn't go during a thunderstorm and fireworks launching from boat in 15-20mph winds then
    ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1436072957.381440.jpg ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1436072984.153179.jpg
     
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  8. 2nd2non

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    Not a chance! You've got more guys than me
     
  9. sdharris

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    Great pictures but peculiar artefacts in both, how long were the exposures and did you run them through noise reduction?
     
  10. skyhighdiver

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    No these are just screen grabs from the video im on vacation just posted from my ipad will get some true shots up this week
     
  11. sdharris

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    Ah that explains it, look forward to the finished shots.