posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 12:25 AM
As good a place as any to make my first post.
I am a pilot, and as a pilot I would like to be able to say that a fellow pilot would NEVER do anything as awful as what you are describing , however
I really cannot. There might be a real jerk out there who would think this was funny.
It sounds to me like you came across a student pilot/instructor doing maneuvers. They saw you, and decided it would be good fun to mess with you.
Not discounting your experience, but sometimes certain maneuvers can look very dangerous or "out of control" or "about to crash" to a non pilot,
when in fact, it's a basic maneuver that all pilots are taught and can perform. Combine that with the aircraft coming at you, and the whole
experience could certainly seem like someone was trying to kill you. I think you were the victim of someones sick sense of humor. Though I have to
say, when looking at it from a pilots point of view, could it be that the pilot thought you and your child were watching the maneuvers and enjoying it
and the pilot got a wild hair and decided to really give your kiddo a thrill? And what they thought of as "engaging" your child personally, you
mistook as them trying to kill you?
Going back to the idea that it was malicious,I would be looking for that aircraft if I were you. I dont' know where you live, but depending on where
you are, it might not be that hard to track this aircraft down. I tried to read through all the posts, but might have missed it, but I think you
decided that it was a Bell Jetranger? that was after you? While you didn't get it's tail number, it sounds like you saw enough of it that if you
saw it again you'd recognise it. Because it sounds like what you were describing was a pilot going through certain sets of maneuvers, I'd check
with flight schools first. There can't be THAT many where you are, at least I'm guessing so anyway. If there are only a few, or less, maybe just
one in your area, I would go to their location and watch for the helicopter that came after you.
Flight schools and their owners/instructors /students are "tight" places, even if the person on the phone were stunned and apalled at your story,
I wouldn't count on anyone telling you on the phone "Oh yeah, that was my helicopter ". They have too much to lose by admitting to such idiotic
behavior. I worked at a flight school for a while and I know the instructors used to do things with aircraft that they weren't authorized to do,
even if it were as simple as doing zero gravity stunts or going out and doing field landings with a girl they were trying to impress.
Pilots will often joke around with people or objects (boats, barges, cars)on the ground, and usually it is well recieved by all the parties involved.
I can say that strafing runs on river barges are particularly fun. (no guns involved). Military aircraft will often fly extremely low and fast over
certain areas near military bases ( death valley comes to mind), but it is well known and people actually park in these areas hoping to get a personal
"fly by". I myself have been inside aircraft when such antics were going on, but never have I witnessed or been a part of anything involving a
mother and child or :just a person" in general, especially where it involved a helicopter. I guess it's possible that the pilot thought that you
and your child were watching and enjoying their maneovers and the pilot tried to give you a more personal show which you mistook as an attack?