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Old 02-28-2013, 02:40 AM   #1
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I was wondering how well helicopter pilots or crew members can see people running around on the ground. I was wondering because choppers from Ft. Polk constantly fly over my house (chinooks, apaches, Blackhawks, cobras, UH1s). I've become good at sensing them coming and I run outside to get a look at them when they pass over(because their cool). Can they see me if I wave at them or something? Just wanted to know.



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Old 02-28-2013, 02:50 AM   #2
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If you use a big exaggerated motion, they can generally tell that your waving, unless they're up there close to max cruising altitude.



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If you use a big exaggerated motion, they can generally tell that your waving, unless they're up there close to max cruising altitude.
Hmmm ok. The lowest flying ones are the cobras and highest the Blackhawks
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It depends on speed and altitude.

Most things are a blur at approx 500' going 80kts.

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I flew in UH-1N "Huey" as a door gunner,if we are flying low you can see people. We had people always waving when we flew over the beach here in SoCal. If they were chicks , I would hang out and wave.

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It depends on speed and altitude.

Most things are a blur at approx 500' going 80kts.
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