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2 arrested after drones nearly
take out NYPD chopper

New York Post, by Larry Celona

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Posted By:Flyright, 7/8/2014 7:25:28 AM

Two drones nearly took out an NYPD chopper over the George Washington Bridge on Monday, and cops arrested the wayward crafts’ operators, law-enforcement sources told The Post.The Aviation Unit helicopter was on patrol at around 12:15?a.m. when it had to swerve to avoid the small unmanned aircrafts, the sources said. The NYPD pilots “observed flying object[s] at 2,000 feet in vicinity of the George Washington Bridge, then circling heading toward the helicopter,’’ a police report said. “The officers were forced to change their course to avoid a collision.”One source called it a “very dangerous” scenario.“Although [drones] may only weigh a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 7/8/2014 7:53:41 AM     (No. 9914854)

one of these was flying over a Twins game at Target Field a few weeks ago for about five minutes.. darting around at about 100 feet..
wasn´t even noteworthy to the MSM, the RedStar OR the Minnesota Twins backoffice..
they IGNORED it..
probably just practicing for the All Star Game..
good thing there are only 100,000 somalis living here..

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 7/8/2014 8:19:09 AM     (No. 9914898)

Just wait until a terrorist gets hold of one of these.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 7/8/2014 8:52:34 AM     (No. 9914937)

Terrorists probably already have drones. Events like these are practice. A couple of pounds of c-4 and proximity to a chopper over a bridge or park and voila. But 0bama loves drones so they stay.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: norcalvet, 7/8/2014 10:12:44 AM     (No. 9915064)

Even up here 30 miles from anywhere, there was a drone hovering over our group watching the fireworks over the lake. Most of us had not even seen one before. Pretty bizarre. Sounded like a swarm of angry bees.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo, 7/8/2014 10:16:06 AM     (No. 9915069)

We are definitely entering "interesting" times...

None of this can really be controlled. The possibility now exists for millions of attackers separately and precisely targeting millions of individual targets.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: strike3, 7/8/2014 12:13:56 PM     (No. 9915241)

Does the NYPD really need to have a chopper in the air doing routine patrol? Somebody needs to inform them that the crime is on the streets. Most police departments across the country have choppers, K-9 units, etc. because most other departments have them and because it´s only the taxpayers´ money. State police use them most often to spot marijuana patches. There´s a great use of resources.

Nothing should be flying inside the city limits or over stadiums unless it has a good reason for being there. Don´t forget, drones can also carry airborne diseases and nasty chemicals. There will be trouble from them now that we are financing terrorists as a matter of policy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Videodrone, 7/8/2014 12:48:36 PM     (No. 9915276)

sorry, 2000´? um, that´s not your average "multi rotor camera platform" as pictured in the article that is not much more than an expensive toy and depending on if it was under remote control (range?) or pre-programed (GPS) I really don´t think it made it to 2kMSL

there are some serious ones out there that will easily reach that but are not inexpensive

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Reply 8 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 7/8/2014 1:58:59 PM     (No. 9915422)

The article says the drones were spotted shortly after midnite. Why would a civilian be using a drone at midnite? Something doesn´t sound right.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/8/2014 3:57:35 PM     (No. 9915592)

#6, the NYPD has more right to be doing routine patrol with choppers than the drones have to be in the air over NYC.

There´s a lot of waterfront, piers and bridges that should have a look-see frequently, and the best way to do that is from the air. Not to mention the things the choppers can look for that the NYPD doesn´t talk about.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the crime wasn´t in the streets. The NYPD knows that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 7/8/2014 4:20:28 PM     (No. 9915633)

This is very un-PC -- but -- from the looks of the surnames, these pilots come from a group that tends to ignore the law.

Anyone I know, that flies drones, checks with and, complies with the law and regulations.

Another wondrous fall-out of the liberals love of "open boarders?"

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/8/2014 4:49:47 PM     (No. 9915675)

I don´t know... what is the difference between a drone and a radio controlled toy? Sure, I know there are different levels of technological sophistication. Still, I think when one hears "drone" they automatically think of the kind that are super high tech and can carry surveillance and/or weaponry. We think of Obama and his use of drones on the terrorists and civilians. I don´t like the idea of anyone flying these things, but I also think that government will automatically outlaw anything it feels can be a threat to their power too.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/8/2014 5:04:19 PM     (No. 9915693)

I fly drones, myself. They are called Radio Control model airplanes. I have been in the hobby for more than 30 years. People who misuse any hobby can get into trouble. A man was actually killed at an R/C airplane show when one of the aircraft flew into him by accident some years ago. They can be dangerous. I was seriously injured by my airplanes when I accidentally let my had get into the spinning prop.

But, think of the consequences when a drone like the DJI Phantom (in the photo of the story) hits an airliner? and it can fly to more than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet!!) They will climb in altitude until the battery is exhausted and they can fly for as long as half an hour....some much longer.

I love flying my "drones" but people who fly their aircraft "toys" carelessly should be policed up and punished. These things can be made to hurt people and I am strongly against that, period!

I´m glad the cops caught these two morons.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: strike3, 7/8/2014 7:36:01 PM     (No. 9915870)

Nice lecture, #10, but New York´s finest or the nation´s finest did not stop 9/11 and they won´t stop the next one either. There is just too much territory to cover and too many imaginative ways to commit acts of terror if that is the intent. If we have no border security, they already have a foot in the door.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 7/8/2014 9:12:37 PM     (No. 9915966)

C´mon, a little 3-4 lb quadrocopter nearly takes out a police helicopter? What a bunch of overhyped malarky.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/9/2014 12:29:09 AM     (No. 9916157)

Any personal drones flying over the border or immigrant camps ?

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