- Jul 9, 2018
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AIR7 HD was struck midair by an object, believed to be a drone, while flying over downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night and had to make a precautionary landing.
See ? Like we have been saying, a drone is no threat to a heli. I have had a couple of them SHOT out from under me, but not by drones. And even then we managed to sort of 'land' but it wasn't graceful.AIR7 HD was struck midair by an object, believed to be a drone, while flying over downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night and had to make a precautionary landing.abc7.com
See ? Like we have been saying, a drone is no threat to a heli. I have had a couple of them SHOT out from under me, but not by drones. And even then we managed to sort of 'land' but it wasn't graceful.
I know this sounds absurd, but BIRD? There are a ( Mod Removed Language ) lot more BIG Fat Canadian Geese up there than drones. And as I understand it, they all have 400 feet waivers.It was a meteorite.
It looks to be a large area of impact. Maybe a jet emptied their toilet before landing and a chunk of blue ice hit them. Well if it was a drone, it was a big one, more then I can afford. Maybe a Amazon drone went crazy not being cared for making a bunch of deliveries.
There is no proof that it was in fact a drone... but i concur.. real life scientific tests need to be conducted.I see it very differently. The "UnKnown Object" initially struck a non-critical component (Thank goodness). What if it had struck the main rotor, tail rotor, windshield etc? Honestly without lots of testing we can't say for sure but I wouldn't call striking the winglet and piercing a hole anything to dismiss.
Regardless I hope they find some more "information" to know exactly what did strike the aircraft. Without evidence it will be "assumed" it's a sUAS and potentially lead to stricter regulations.
News Media and Pilot of Helie Jumped the shark on this. First no one saw a drone, 2nd the story says "likely", 3rd the strike zone is considerably larger than a consumer drone. 4th what kind of plastic drone can make that kind of cut in aluminum. 5th. Maybe the pilots a lier, and he hit something. FYI Living in LA I have seen a lot of News Helicopters get into some funky spaces trying to get 'their shots'
Looks like a glancing blow from a bullet. Perhaps a stray shot from LA gangs at war?Gosh it made a unusual puncture wound,,what gauge alloy that 4mm or close,,that being on the curvature of wing is a solid point to puncture, either bird with steel beak or one solid drone,,....I didn't get to read previous postings so hope this not in that category View attachment 116020
Any helicopter pilots here?
I talked to a few pilots before, one of them even owns a Phantom 4, and they didn’t think such a drone would be a big issue (not more than a large bird).