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Topic: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: varigb707
Posted 2013-01-02 04:05:46 and read 12522 times.

Well, that's another one for the books. Pilot flying over his own house sees a thief in action, then called police. That was awesome.
""He observed a silver truck with white camper in his driveway and lowered his altitude to get a closer look," the Charlotte County Sheriff's office said in a news release. "He saw a man looking into the windows of his home then attach his red trailer and pull out of his driveway."

Here's more on this....
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs...10048406--abc-news-topstories.html

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: PHX787
Posted 2013-01-02 09:32:01 and read 11759 times.

I heard about this from FOX yesterday....what a catch, literally... but how did this pilot get clearance to chase this guy from the air?

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: MountainFlyer
Posted 2013-01-02 09:46:55 and read 11667 times.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
but how did this pilot get clearance to chase this guy from the air?


Unless he's inside of a tower controlled airspace, he doesn't need clearance if he was VFR. I didn't seem to find a location, but unless he lived pretty close to a tower controlled airport (within 5 miles), he would likely be outside or underneath any tower controlled airspace and free to fly where needed. Judging by the wording in the article, that seems to be the case. Beyond that, unless he was in a "congested area" his only limitation is that he remain at least 500 ft. above the surface or from any obstacle.

Even if he was in a congested area, the limitation is 1,000 ft. The article says he followed the vehicle pulling a trailer. It's quite easy to see a vehicle from even 1,000 ft; even better at 500 ft.

Long story short, as long as he was following FARs, he could follow the guy wherever he wanted, no "clearance" needed.

[Edited 2013-01-02 09:57:27]

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: asctty
Posted 2013-01-02 13:41:27 and read 10554 times.

I am sure there would be a report if he wasn't following FARs. Regardless, what a pure shot of luck for the guy! Nice to see a good news story about general aviation for a change  

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: capri
Posted 2013-01-02 16:04:47 and read 8384 times.

The thief was released on bail for $2500 despite finding lots of loaded weapons with him, after what's been happening in USA lately, I wonder what kind of law these people have?

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: soon7x7
Posted 2013-01-02 17:34:04 and read 7398 times.

Quoting capri (Reply 4):
I wonder what kind of law these people have?


Think the story to be funny..."Local door to door gun salesman chased off private property by land owners low flying plane". We have laws that protect people such as this to continue to act like idiots so we can laugh everyday. You gotta love it.

On the other hand, my son recently vacationing in Paris and Spain with his girlfriend was surrounded, harassed and robbed by eight thugs. The eight were from Morocco. " I wonder what kind of law these people have"?   

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: capri
Posted 2013-01-02 18:28:14 and read 6890 times.

Quoting capri (Reply 4):
On the other hand, my son recently vacationing in Paris and Spain with his girlfriend was surrounded, harassed and robbed by eight thugs. The eight were from Morocco. " I wonder what kind of law these people have"?

Too much freedom!!!!!

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: afterburner
Posted 2013-01-02 19:39:39 and read 6298 times.

Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 5):
The eight were from Morocco.

What's the relevancy of the thugs' nationality/country of origin?

[Edited 2013-01-02 20:39:26]

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: PHX787
Posted 2013-01-02 19:41:23 and read 6279 times.

Quoting capri (Reply 6):
Too much freedom!!!!!

It's not freedom...it's education, upbringing, and discipline.

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: LO231
Posted 2013-01-02 21:04:21 and read 5656 times.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 8):

Like Morrocan youth in Belgium. Although it's forbidden now, they sstill spark up the city with fireworks before and after New Year... many people in hospitals nowadays

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: Dazed767
Posted 2013-01-02 22:10:57 and read 5186 times.

Can't find the article now, but I seem to recall another pilot a few years back caught a guy breaking into his house/property?

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: Rara
Posted 2013-01-03 01:59:23 and read 3584 times.

Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 5):
On the other hand, my son recently vacationing in Paris and Spain with his girlfriend was surrounded, harassed and robbed by eight thugs. The eight were from Morocco. " I wonder what kind of law these people have"?   

Nice come-back. "Well somebody from your country did something wrong, so you must be wrong."


Anyway, great story. I find it amazing that he had to land his airplane before being able to contact police about it. It's sort of lucky that the thief didn't escape after all..

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: soon7x7
Posted 2013-01-03 04:19:56 and read 2560 times.

Quoting capri (Reply 6):
Too much freedom!!!!!

Well, lets analyze this a bit. Lets take the pilot of the aircraft that flew over his home and detected a thief robbing his property.
First of all to own your own airplane is a privilege, not a right. To have a pilots license is a privilege, not a right. Both cost a lot to acquire. So does owning your own home/property. You must then be able to afford the time to enjoy all, the fruits of your labors, so to speak. This does not come easy, certainly does not come from robbing houses. I'll bet this pilot either completed his schooling, worked hard to afford all...or...didn't finish school but decided to start up a business of his own and Bingo!...he was successful. Either way, he flies his own aircraft, (assuming he did not rent it) but so what, a lifestyle he probably dreamed of and attained it.

If you call that "Too Much Freedom"...I truly feel sorry for you. You don't know what your missing. Oh and the Guns?...well Freedom does have a price...some want what you own and feel entitled to it. (just like my sons experience). That is why we have guns. To protect our families and property.

I'm sure you have travelled globally, maybe, maybe not but if you have I'll bet you "enjoyed the Freedom"...

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: skywaymanaz
Posted 2013-01-03 05:18:01 and read 2441 times.

Article I read on this quotes the pilot as saying he dropped down to 300'. That would catch my eye if I was an FAA inspector. Maybe he was misquoted, or will claim he was misquoted. It would be a shame to see the pilot/homeowner getting in trouble here because I'm saddened to see the crook make such a low bail with firerams in his vehicle. I have little confidence he'll get more then a slap on the wrist.

"Powerless to protect you, not punish you. Earned my treat today." -Chief Wiggum Springfield PD from The Simpsons

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: jfklganyc
Posted 2013-01-03 05:27:55 and read 2421 times.

Quoting skywaymanaz (Reply 13):
Article I read on this quotes the pilot as saying he dropped down to 300'. That would catch my eye if I was an FAA inspector. Maybe he was misquoted, or will claim he was misquoted. It would be a shame to see the pilot/homeowner getting in trouble here because I'm saddened to see the crook make such a low bail with firerams in his vehicle. I have little confidence he'll get more then a slap on the wrist.

Pilot will be fine. Nobody is touching a high profile case like this with a 10 foot pole.

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: MountainFlyer
Posted 2013-01-03 09:30:34 and read 2200 times.

Quoting skywaymanaz (Reply 13):
Article I read on this quotes the pilot as saying he dropped down to 300'. That would catch my eye if I was an FAA inspector. Maybe he was misquoted, or will claim he was misquoted. It would be a shame to see the pilot/homeowner getting in trouble here because I'm saddened to see the crook make such a low bail with firerams in his vehicle. I have little confidence he'll get more then a slap on the wrist.
Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 14):
Pilot will be fine. Nobody is touching a high profile case like this with a 10 foot pole.

Dropping down to 300' isn't necessarily illegal. Again, I'm not familiar with the location, but in rural areas the only requirement is that the aircraft remain 500' (not necessarily vertical) away from any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure, and high enough that should an engine fail, the aircraft could make a landing that would not harm anyone or any thing on the surface.

Regardless, I agree with jfk, they aren't going to touch this one. Even if they did, they likely have no way of proving it, and the pilots' word is likely not proof either since, unless he had a radar altimeter on board, it would be very difficult to be sure of his AGL altitude anyway.

Topic: RE: Pilot Catches Thief During Fly-By
Username: Dazed767
Posted 2013-01-03 11:01:37 and read 2081 times.

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?d...eb0d5e-fb8e-455a-ac1f-5320f6c83f79

Found the article from 2011 (if anyone cares haha).


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