[Vision2020] Follow-Up: Helicopter Flying Limits
sslund at roadrunner.com
Fri May 11 22:01:39 PDT 2007
In case anyone was wondering, I did follow up on this with the FAA :-)
I was first directed to the FAA in Boise -- and they are really great people
. . . very helpful!
It is absolutely not OK for a helicopter to fly 20-50 feet above houses in a
residential area & the Boise FAA was real keen to track down this "bad boy".
Even though I didn't write down the N number (which is important), the
aviation safety guy said it would be no problem for him to track down the
offender in his jurisdiction because I had such a good description and there
are relatively few helicopters flying around there.
Unfortunately, it turns out this area is in the Spokane FAA's jurisdiction.
So, I called them & they took the information -- that guy didn't give me
much information but did confirm that this helicopter was TOO LOW.
Just a FYI in case anyone ever comes across this kind of situation: TRY TO
GET THE N NUMBER!!!
Once the FAA in DC mentioned that, I was kicking myself because I didn't
even think of jotting it down -- I was too busy trying to close my mouth &
expecting the helicopter to crash . . . and there's no pencil & paper by the
window where I was able to see the helicopter. Too, I was only able to see
it for a *very* brief amount of time because I have a pretty narrow field of
view from my bedroom window. And, I just didn't even think about trying to
commit even the first two or three numbers to memory, which I could have
easily done and which would have been helpful for the FAA.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do
- Edmund Burke
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