[Vision2020] Follow-Up: Helicopter Flying Limits

Saundra Lund 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

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.

Saundra Lund
Moscow, ID

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do
- Edmund Burke

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