Helicopter Question

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by TheDesertFox, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. TheDesertFox

    TheDesertFox New Member

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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.
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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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.
     

  3. TheDesertFox

    TheDesertFox New Member

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    Hmmm ok. The lowest flying ones are the cobras and highest the Blackhawks
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It depends on speed and altitude.

    Most things are a blur at approx 500' going 80kts.
     
  5. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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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.
     
  6. TheDesertFox

    TheDesertFox New Member

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    Good point