Posts Tagged ‘chopper’

How to Film Frisco: With a Small Robinson Helicopter and a Selfie Stick

Friday, August 26th, 2016

As seen over the Financh:

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I guess you throw in a little image stabilization and a soundtrack in post and then you’ve got yourself the opening scenes of your movie…

Click here to join in on the fun, and oh what’s this, a little dis on the competition:

These “discounted” rates have an inflated price to start with and are then supposedly “discounted”, so in the end, the rate is NOT discounted at all.If you are a photographer and considering helicopters, remember, small helicopters (R22) are “nervous” and wind affected, unstable and yes a little cheaper, but “not worth it” in the words of actual clients. Your safety is worth far more. Again, don’t get fooled by inexperienced flight schools filling downtime, or the cheaper and unstable “R22”, or even a “drone”, although their plenty of salesman out there selling their so called “service” the are usually incapable of delivering the broadcast quality shot you seek.

OK fine!

So yes, this chopper is big for a Robinson, but pretty small nevertheless. Keep a look out for the big boys when you’re up there…


AH-1W SuperCobra Helicopters Buzz Sutro Tower in Honor of Barack Obama’s Visit

Friday, June 24th, 2016

A Whiskey Cobra, AFAIK:

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Looks like good old #465, or something:

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BAD TO THE BONE: The Banana-Seated, Electrified, Chopper BIkes of Frisco – A Schwinn Stingray on Steroids

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Out for a cruise on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path:

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Good times!

Tech-Bro Fever – Catch It

(Compare with more conventional Stingrays about town – scroll down.)

HoistCam? Napa CHP HoistCam! – May 4th, 2015 – Rescue at Tennessee Beach, Marin County

Monday, May 4th, 2015

A very Coast Guard-style rescue up in Marin County:

“On May 4, 2015 at about 1:15 PM, CHP Helicopter H-32 responded to assist the National Parks Service and the Southern Marin Fire Department with a rescue. Earlier, a woman was out on Tennessee Beach and was swept out to sea. She managed to swim back onto a cliff, but the cliff was inaccessible to rescuers. H-32 was able to hoist her to safety, and also evacuated an NPS lifeguard and ranger to safety, as the waves became too treacherous. Another example of multi-agency cooperation in the efforts to keep everyone safe!

The Person I Imagine When I Hear the Word “Urbanist” – Remembering the Car-Inspired Schwinn Stingray Banana Bike

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I haven’t seen one of these for a while:

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Complete with a five-on-the-floor shifter…

A Message to the Selfish NIMBYs of Potrero Hill: HELICOPTERS SAVE LIVES – An Attempt, Yesterday

Monday, October 13th, 2014

[UPDATE: Welcome NIMBYs! Here’s a little reading for you, just keep on paging down…]

Here’s a US Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter  heading north on its way to attempt to save  the life of a person up in Marin County.

As seen over Ocean Beach, which was closed to swimming yesterday, owing to high surf conditions:

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Someday maybe San Francisco will have a hospital with a functioning helipad…

Know Better Your Annoying Helicopters Above the Western Addition: Robinson R44, the Republican Chopper

Friday, March 21st, 2014

This is a Robinson R44, which is powered by what amounts to a large Subaru engine. Most choppers can’t throw a rod and then crash but your smaller Robinsons can.

Anyway, it looks like a toy because it kind of is:

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Now myself, I can’t say that choppers bother me, you know, myself. But there was an incident last week involving a real helicopter, one that’s mostly blue, one that’s labeled N700N or something similar. I said to myself, boy that’s going to wake some people up and piss them off. Which it did.

And oh yes, make sure to never fly in choppers unless you have a good reason to. Choppers isn’t safe.


Does the 94117 Want Helicopters Circling Above at 6:00 AM Videoing the Broken Water Main at 700 Waller?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


Now myself, I don’t care about the slow orbits this morning over the Castro, Western Addition, and the Haights.

But other people, they care about the white chopper with the blue tail.


Haighteration ‏@haighteration  5m Helicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: PHOTO: Broken water line in San Francisco on the 700 block of Waller.
Jeremiah Allen ‏@jeremiahallen  6m Enough with the damn helicopter! “@nbcbayarea: UPDATE: 6-inch water main in SF. Pipe is 100 years
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  1m Ugh. RT @haighterationHelicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: Broken water line in SF on the 700 block of Waller
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  14m Helicopter circling above my neighborhood, what’s up? You woke me up and now I can’t get back to sleep because of you #sanfrancisco#nopa

Oh well, that’s life in the big city…

Blackhawk Up: Special Forces Flying Low Over the 101

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Man, these things were low and loud over the freeway.

I’m thinking this is something in the Sikorsky MH-60K or L or M part of the alphabet, owing to the refueling probe, but it’s very possible that Wiki isn’t up-to-date on this topic:

The Floating Helicopters of San Francisco – How Inflatable Airbags Help When Crash Landing in the Bay

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

These tourist choppers sometimes conk out near the Golden Gate Bridge and when that happens then only thing for the pilot to do is pop open the compressed gas container you can see there in order to inflate the six airbags you can also see there.

Then a call to the Coast Guard, which will give you a friendly tow to land, hurray!

It happens sometimes