posted on Aug, 22 2015 @ 12:42 PM
If he was intending to go low over the stationary traffic to give them a thrill then this is going to change a few minds on flying over innocent
We lived under a very well used bit of recreational airspace. Most of what went on above us was excusable and sometimes very entertaining. We had
stunt pilots practising above us sometimes and that was always a welcome sight.
The guy who flew below the legal altitude was derided by the other pilots in the area. Fair enough.
What really set me against the pleasure pilots in the area was the blase attitude of everyone involved in the glider that landed out on the hill above
us. I didn't see the tow plane land. I'd assumed they'd just trailer the glider out. When they towed the glider out there was hardly enough space for
it to get any lift so the tow plane and glider dipped low over the only row of houses in the area. None of us had been warned and there were old
folks, children etc. in those houses. If anything had gone wrong, as we see here, there was no chance of getting the innocent ground dwellers out of
the way of potential crashing aircraft. I was to some extent opposed to all pleasure pilots in the area from that point on. You don't threaten my
children's lives for your fun and get away with it.
One time I saw something flutter down from a glider. I told the glider pilot who lived opposite. He said glider pilots sometimes pee in a bag and
throw it out of the window. "It landed in your garden" I told him with pleasure.
I got some shocked responses on ATS when I talked about the ease of bringing down irresponsible helicopter pilots if they get close enough. I don't
see anything wrong with it. If pilots choose to endanger the lives of people on the ground expect some of us to endanger your lives, for a laugh. Get
used to it kiddies. That's how it is.
If this was a deliberate attempt to buzz the traffic on that road expect a backlash against all farty pants pleasure pilots.