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Drone hits military chopper over Staten IslandAn army black hawk helicopter was struck by a drone at approximately 500 feet over a residential neighborhood on Staten Island. The helicopter, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was in New York City for the United Nation patrol. A piece of the drone bounced off the rotor and became lodged in the aircraft. (abc7ny.com) More...
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I operate a registered drone in a small town. I still have to keep it below 400 AGL, 5 NM from the Airport, and be mindful of helicopters from the Hospital which are usually not that low. Incidents like this give proper operators a bad name.
You are so right! There are improper operators of damn near everything that give people a bad name.
So, I'm curious about something. The rules don't differentiate between controlled and uncontrolled airports, much less airports that are rarely used. There's a grass strip less than 5 miles from some property we will be building on soon, so I can't fly a drone there unless they change the rules? As a matter of fact, there are dozens of grass strips in a very rural area, with very little airspace more than 5 miles from one of them. Is that your understanding, as well?
I forgot to mention that I believe one may fly a drone within 5nm of an airport if you file a NOTAM and provide a written notice to the airport manager.
NOTAM not required, but notice is!
From my perspective it only includes an Aerodrome, meaning a registered airport.
Can a land owner 6 miles away from a grass strip complain about a small aircraft over flying at 1500 feet agl? How about at 500 ft agl? If I seen a rv6 at 300ft over my land to bad so sad.
Anyone can complain about anything, but to answer what you wanted to know, you have no recourse when the land owner flies over at 1500 feet AGL. If you live in a "congested area" (e.g. in the city), then 500 feet AGL is too low and you can file a complaint with the FAA. If you are in the country, the FAA won't consider your complaint for the plane flying too low. At 300ft above your land, the pilot must maintain 500 feet clearance from all people and structures.
A pilot at 300 ft over my land hits a rc model at 300 ft, the pilot will make it a thing. Just because you fly doesn't mean you are king.