posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 01:32 AM
Originally posted by FredT
Im guessing it was you local or state police department looking for someone.
The spotlight thing is a feature on almost every chopter. Our EC-145 has two for that matter and its a lifeflight aircraft.
I second that.
The Police Choppers, at times, do in fact circle my area on a regular basis. The Medevac units flyover on their way to the hospital as well. They ALL
have spotlights, in addition to the basic running lights, and Navigation Lights of Green and Red (With Red being more numerous, due to the AC Concern,
which is an increased factor where I live as Helo's around here are in close proximity to MIL and Major Commercial Airspace). Of course all Helos are
always in some danger due to their Low Level FLT.
I have actually witnessed LEO Choppers in search mode, and one time they saw my friend and I chilling in the driveway, and they hovered over us for a
good 15-30 seconds with the FLIR before they realized we were not the suspects. I simply waved at them
Another time the Chopper flipped its Spotlight on (Which is only done when they actually catch sight of the suspect), and it brought it right over the
yards across the street, and into my bedroom window for a second. Lol, I was younger, and I was all freaked out, as I expected some mean looking
criminal to just come blasting out of the woods into my yard below.
I wish I could have heard the HELO which the OP is describing, I could tell him whether or not it was most likely Civilian or MIL.
I have seen MIL aircraft at night, both HELO and F-16, where they were totally blacked out on Maneuvers (NVG Practice most likely). Aside from that
factor, there is generally a sound difference between MIL models, and Civilian/LEO types.
To the OP: I dare say that if you happened to run into a Chinook in that manner, you would probably have passed out. They shake your entire house.
Cheer up though, I am certain that what you witnessed was LEO's searching for a suspect. If you are witnessing such things on a fairly regular basis,
go ahead and invest in a Digital Triple-Trunking Scanner, then next time you can hear just what exactly is going on in your neck of the woods.