Watch what really happens when a drone meets a helicopter

Dec 5, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Watch what really happens when a drone meets a helicopter

Dec 5, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We’ve recently seen a video that shows what happens when a drone hits an airplane wing (and DJI called it agenda-driven). But what happens when a drone meets a helicopter? Well, at a surfing event in Hawaii, a helicopter was called to the rescue to knock the drone out of the sky. And it was a piece of cake!

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At the World Surf League (WSL)’s surfing event last year, someone tried to film the surfers with a drone. Water patrol tried to knock it down by throwing swimming fins and other stuff at it. But then, the chopper appeared. Thanks to its downwash, it sent the drone down into the ocean in literally one second.

We’ve seen plenty of different methods of knocking the drones out of the sky: trained eagles, drone-catching drones with giant nets, shotguns… And now we have helicopters too, apparently. While flying a drone over crowds of people is dangerous and against the FAA rules, some YouTube commenters have pointed out that the helicopter pilot is endangering people far more than the drone. It’s flying way to close to the crowd, plus, the pilot damaged someone else’s property by knocking the drone down.

If you ask me, neither flying a drone or a helicopter that close to a huge crowd is a good idea, because someone might get hurt. But if I had to choose, I’d certainly go for a drone buzzing over my head than a huge chopper.

What do you think, who should be prosecuted for irresponsible flying here?

[WSL Water Patrol Vs Unauthorized Drone | surfpunks 310]

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14 responses to “Watch what really happens when a drone meets a helicopter”

  1. Vladimir Khudyakov Avatar
    Vladimir Khudyakov

    Idiots…

  2. JarFil Avatar
    JarFil

    So, out of concern that the drone might fall on people… they decide to throw the drone on people. Really smart.

  3. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    how hard is it to find the drone operator on a beach anyway?

    1. ForSquirel Avatar
      ForSquirel

      Considering the range on some of these things, pretty hard.

      1. Chris Avatar
        Chris

        Every time I’ve seen a drone fly around, I have been able to spot the operator. I think most of them like to have a good line of sight on their expensive airborne toy.

  4. Graeme Simpson Avatar
    Graeme Simpson

    The drone only causes a problem IF it crashes or goes out of control. The surfers are throwing themselves into massive waves and their own boards probably are more of a risk to themselves than the small Mavic.

  5. Mitchel Martin Avatar
    Mitchel Martin

    The FAA states that UAS (drone pilots) are not allowed to fly above people. DJI provides tons of information with every drone that specifically states DO NOT FLY ABOVE PEOPLE. The drone owner got what he/she deserved…

    1. Alien Avatar
      Alien

      Wrong. Crowds of people is prohibited. In any suburban long drone flight your rig will pass over at least one person or car with a person in it. Flying over the ocean with a few surfers and cool GoPro bras taking pictures is not “unauthorized”. I respect Dunja’s other writing. But, this article and the “poll” about who should be “prosecuted for this unauthorized droning” is crap. You’re as bad as Mrs. Lady yelling from her porch about that damn drone.

  6. Jyi Offer Avatar
    Jyi Offer

    So, just incase this small drone crashes (cos we wouldn’t want to hurt anyone) Let’s make it crash….by throwing heavy objects at it, and when that doesn’t work… using a helicopter, flying way to low over people.

    Sounds to me more like a media coverage concern rather than safety.

  7. Paul H Avatar
    Paul H

    LOL loved the video. One of my hobbies is flying a cheap version of one of these things, so I don’t mind drones. But they were being a pain in the butt and deserved it. I loved how it tried, in vain to getaway… For the Safety Police out there notice the victory shouts after those on the jet-skis moved closer, so it was brought down in a cleared space.

  8. DPJ Avatar
    DPJ

    One question i’d like answered, that is not made clear in the article at all. How do the people trying to get this thing out of the air, know if this is a sanctioned pilot flight or not? If that drone is supposed to be there, as a lot of companies use drones now for footage of big wave contests, then I hope someone was taken to task over the destruction of an expensive piece of kit. I’d be pissed if that was mine, there’d be some questions asked when they all paddled theirselves back to the beach.

  9. Alien Avatar
    Alien

    Over the ocean, how is the drone “unauthorized”?

  10. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    *IF* the drone hit someone then people can freak out, otherwise chill the eff out.

    1. chelseamcknight Avatar
      chelseamcknight

      disqus_3LjiIzPw4c (: