Jan 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm #1311809
@mountainwalkerLocale: SF Bay Area & New England
Wasn't sure where to post this. Hiking in the hills above Silicon Valley, this was bound to happen sooner rather than later. Ms. EJ and I were hiking with a friend visiting from out of town in a protected nature preserve when we heard a very loud mechanical buzzing sound approaching. Sure enough, it was a 4 prop drone, and it buzzed us twice on our trail, and then flew over trails on the other side of the ridge. Definitely spooked the wildlife. I let one of our ranger friends know and he headed out to try to find the operators.
I appreciate many good uses for UAV's and have friends who are building them professionally, but they most certainly do not belong in protected natural areas for non-emergency uses (or non-research uses that do not benefit the protected area).Jan 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm #2060674
@bigfoot2Locale: OregonJan 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm #2060718
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@speltLocale: SW/C PA
Uck.Jan 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm #2060744
A couple of times I've been "buzzed?" by military jets in Washington State wilderness areas. It is "drop-to-the-ground/have-a-heart-attack" frightening. They come out of nowhere, with no warning, at tree top level and are deafening.
It is similar to the Blue Angels performing on Lake Washington during Seattle Seafair. The big difference, however, is that one isn't expecting them and they are entering an otherwise quiet and peaceful environment.
Upon reflection it occurs to me that my appearance may have been a bit scary to the pilot too.Jan 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm #2060767
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
I lived under the flight path on Whidbey Island for years for NAS Whidbey….as in the final approach before the landing. Military planes for some reason just don't phase me.
Although we also watched TV with closed captioning during those years :-P
Hah……..Jan 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm #2060781
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Daryl, that sounds horrible!Jan 6, 2014 at 12:39 am #2060788
@drusillaLocale: Wild Wild West
We are used to it, down on the border, and they don't fly all of the time here. AV gas is expensive. Most are relatively high up. They keep us safe, watch our borders and sound like mosquitos. We have Border Patrol Helicopters for low observance and chases, and we see them all of the time too. It used to piss me off, its like living in a war zone, but now we need them HERE. The results are showing in positive ways.
The world is changing, its no longer the peaceful outback here it used to be. I'm not so sure the interior of the USA needs such observing robots, and I can see how everyone north of here is a bit rattled by drones. And really, they don't have the $$ to do much more than business, they (the government) don't give a hoot about hikers or outdoor enthusiasts. The one you heard/saw may be private and airspace rules do apply. Especially if it was a MOA area or wilderness. Sorry your hike was disturbed. Now the Air Force Jets strafing us in wilderness areas, that's another thing. Ear splitting engines around you when one has climbed for days to a peak are just obnoxious.
Besides, we have other invasive stuff that's more upsetting than drones…wait till they put sensors on every trail YOU hike on…they started doing that here in the 1990's, now you can't take a poop without them knowing…..Jan 6, 2014 at 7:35 am #2060817
What you describe reminds me of the first Hunger Games movie. Drones/cameras were watching every life and death detail of the games. On the positive side the drones could also deliver life saving medicine or other small supplies.
Perhaps someday I could quit carrying my personal locator beacon? If needed I could simply summon the nearest drone and say "Go get help, Lassie."Jan 7, 2014 at 11:08 am #2061231
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Great story.Jan 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm #2062292
@bivysack-com-2Locale: Channeled Scablands
"Until then, though, Tinsley’s wonderful beach video is officially a no-no. Posting it crossed over into commercial territory. When the journalism website Poynter.org did a story about it, Tinsley called it a “gray area.” An FAA spokesman retorted"Jan 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm #2062314
@jasongLocale: iceberg lake
EJ, just curious what OSP this happened in?Jan 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm #2063698
" A couple of times I've been "buzzed?" by military jets in Washington State wilderness areas. It is "drop-to-the-ground/have-a-heart-attack" frightening. They come out of nowhere, with no warning, at tree top level and are deafening. "
Yep, me too. PCT north of Hyas Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. Tree-top level, directly over the trail headed north, and the entire experience over in seconds, from first sound to final sound. Unbelievably fast.
KellyJan 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm #2063971
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Roger, I've been on the same trail several times. More commonly, the high flying aircraft are the jets from China Lake, and they are supposed to be flying over the Argus Range. Occasionally, they overfly the Panamint Valley, but they are not supposed to be overflying the Panamint Range, or at least not near the ridgeline. The helicopters are sometimes from Fort Irwin to the south. I've seen the helicopters down low in the Panamint Valley doing the Tom Cruise routine.
Also keep in mind that we are sometimes hypoxic up near the peak, so don't believe everything that your eyes are telling you.
–B.G.–Jan 20, 2014 at 11:18 am #2064593
"A couple of times I've been "buzzed?" by military jets in Washington State wilderness areas. It is "drop-to-the-ground/have-a-heart-attack" frightening. They come out of nowhere, with no warning, at tree top level and are deafening."
What you probably saw was a training flight. Military pilots are taught to use terrain to prevent being picked up on radar. On one Hike I did years ago we set up camp after climbing most of the way out of a valley. the next day we planned on hiking over a pass to our destination.
That pass ended up being favorit for the pilots. they would fly low over the pass, bank hard, and drop down into the valley below. The first couple of flights were a surprise but later we recognized the sound of the jet a couple of minutes before. the sound was week only there for a few seconds before fading away. On the last one we heard it, started looking, he appeared, banked hard, and we were looking right into his cockpit from below. It was really cool to watch.Jan 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm #2064633
I've gotten buzzed while droning on and on with some stupid joke on the trail, is that kinda the same thing?Jan 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm #2064637
I'm buzzed far more often by IPAs than UAVs.Jan 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm #2064744
@millonasLocale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
I've been wondering if this was actually a drone. How big was it? Hint – if is was only a few feet long it was probably not a "drone", as in used to spy on you.
The whole Idea of someone going off in "search of the operator" implies it was a hobbyist. Drone operators are not standing behind a tree on the next hill. Drones are typically bigger and expensive, and they typically don't buzz the ground. They might circle thousand of feet up with their beady little eyes on you however.
If it was some guy with a radio controlled plane it might have been annoying, but not sinister, and not a civilian drone which would neither "buzz" you, nor would you likely even be as aware of, but ARE a bit sinister in my book…unless they are gently dropping my same-day amazon deliveries by parachute. Then they are OK I guess.
If you are talking about the *Open Space Preserves* up in the Santa Cruz Mountains (where I live) above Silicon Valley, these are not quite "Nature Preserves". On the other hand, not sure what the rules would be there about radio controlled plains, drone-ish or otherwise. They let in mountain bikers and they are far more annoying and destructive than drones in my book. :-)Jan 21, 2014 at 10:01 am #2064833
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
I had one buzzing around at the winery I work for in the Santa Cruz Mountains…at first it was kind of disturbing but also interesting in a senseJan 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm #2066497
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