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'Mystery copter' in Greenbrier

Posted: March 1, 2014 - 5:55pm

Greenbrier residents and police were baffled Saturday afternoon by a helicopter pilot that apparently tried to land in town.

The helicopter was described as small, maybe only a 2-seat machine, painted blue and white. According to a Greenbrier PD radio dispatcher it was unclear whether the helicopter landed or just hovered near the ground.

Greenbrier police were going to report the issue to other authorities as a precaution. Generally speaking, helicopters may be operated over congested areas at low altitudes “If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface [and] provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA” (Federal Aviation Regulation § 91-119(d)).

This is in contrast to FAA regulations prohibiting fixed-wing aircraft from flying under 1,000 feet over congested areas except during takeoff and landing 

However, landing a helicopter on private property without permission may be trespassing and other factors, like zoning, may make landing a helicopter illegal.

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jackman
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jackman 03/01/14 - 08:40 pm
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SAW IT IN CONWAY

Saw what sounds like the same helicopter circling the Conway Towne Center this afternoon. Appeared to be trying to land around the ball fields behind it.

conwayville
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conwayville 03/02/14 - 09:34 am
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Big brother

Maybe?

Seriously, I don't know who was in the hotseat. Be interesting to find out, though.

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Snuffy012150 03/02/14 - 10:47 am
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Maybe a Gyrocopter ?

It used to be pretty common to see gyrocopters around Conway. I used to visit with a gentleman at Toadsuck
Park who flew in and out of there quite often. They're a low altitude hobby craft and at one time, maybe still, you didn't need a license to fly one or any special training. It's really no more that a chair with a propeller on back and above head. One to move you forward and the other for altitude. For somebody who gets dizzy on a ladder, you couldn't get me on one unless you hog tied me. I had a friend who had one near Morrilton. The last time I saw him on it, it was running through a barbed wire fence with him on it. Looked like he'd been in a fight with some kind of wildcat. Or maybe it was a hobby drone just to make folks curious.

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Igor Rabinowitz 03/02/14 - 03:59 pm
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You don't see gyrocopters much anymore

It's one of those machines that sooner or later you crash. Even the good pilots, the experienced pilots, sooner or later - Boom!

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Raving Bear 03/02/14 - 02:56 pm
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Saw the copter yesterday and

Saw the copter yesterday and it may have been interfering with emergency operations.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 03/02/14 - 04:00 pm
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Sounds like...

Someone in an experimental-class machine just out playing around.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 03/02/14 - 08:49 pm
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My guess was one of the

My guess was one of the little Robinson helicopters.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 03/02/14 - 08:52 pm
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Raving Bear, please do

Raving Bear, please do elaborate.

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Raving Bear 03/03/14 - 07:40 pm
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On the scanner you could hear

On the scanner you could hear Dispatch asking a local county emergency group (that was on a call at the time) if the helicopter was theirs.

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