Drone Near-Miss in Florida, Hollywood Beach – Full Analysis

Drone Near-Miss in Florida, Hollywood Beach – Full Analysis

Just a few days ago a drone video appeared on the channel of MasihPersian, it has now become one of the most controversial. Is it real or fake, was the drone flying legally, was the helicopter flying legally? We aim to answer those questions!

1. He admits that he had no LOS (line of sight) of his drone, if he had then he would have seen/heard the helicopter and taken evasive action.
2. He was flying in or just on the boundary of the controlled airspace around Fort Lauderdale airport.
3. The 500ft rule for manned-aircraft does not apply when flying over water, therefore he should have known that manned-aircraft would be overflying that area at low altitude.

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  1. Mrs. Waight on October 29, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Shush!! That drone weighs less than a 🐦.. maybe the same.. Those blades would have popped it into pieces and he would have just lost the drone.. period.
    Liberal ism is contagious..
    Chill go away..
    Big birds should be outlawed too huuh.. Prison..

  2. JuicyFruityify on October 29, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Don’t know about you but if I was flying my UAV there, and the view is incredible, If I could have expected a damn low flying racecar of a helicopter come blitzing out of nowhere like that. Seems to me UAV pilot had lightening quick reflexes to try and get out of the way. Still fascinates me how quickly drone pilots are readily able to turn on other drone pilots. Pefhaps the chopper pilot filed that flightplan. UAV pilots just have to stay on their toes.

  3. James DDean on October 29, 2021 at 9:12 am

    If I had a helicopter I would definitely put a camera on it lol

  4. EXPLORTHEARTH on October 29, 2021 at 9:13 am

    On Flightradar24 I see helicopters flying at 300 feet.

  5. DavidRiv2012 on October 29, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Below 400 ft AGL is law in the US. But you will need authorization to fly in the area you want to fly. There may be restrictions based on the class of airport airspace you may be in or near. Authorizations now come from phone apps you can download which utilize the LAANC system, Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. You should also register you your drone with the FAA and know the rules.

  6. Killer32I08 on October 29, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I love your videos and I can tell you do detailed analyses but there are some factors you got wrong. First of all, the location you showed was where the operator was, not the drone. therefore, he is not in controlled airspace and from your analysis, they were under 400 feet and within 1000 feet. The reason he may have almost collided is that he did see and hear the helicopter and tried to avoid it as seen in the video. The person operating the UAV probably wasn’t looking at the phone at that time and even if they did, there would still be latency.

  7. Josiah McDaniel on October 29, 2021 at 9:16 am

    He was over 400ft, the building at 4:58 (The diplomat beach resort) is 444′ tall and he is clearly parallel to it’s height.

  8. Kevin Rytter on October 29, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Legal? Illegal? Won’t matter,  If drone’s start flying into manned aircraft, the FAA is going to side with the manned aircraft, congress will change the policies, and recreational drones will be severly restricted.

  9. Viktoras K on October 29, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Airplane is a blody simulator! Stop making fauls news.

  10. Big Dr B on October 29, 2021 at 9:17 am

    it might be detailed on a 50′ tv, but 0n 1 5′ iphone, heshe probably couldnt see it

  11. May on October 29, 2021 at 9:18 am

    video ends at 0:07

  12. Alex McAllister on October 29, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I understand there have been cases of guys flying their drones in restricted airspace, particularly near airport runways and getting close-ups to the planes. But this isn’t exactly "another" example of that. Seems he was flying in a city, probably below 400 feet, not where there’d likely be commercial jets, off a beach and not near people, and not in an annoying location in general. Not his fault a random helicopter swoops down in. Remember, helicopters tend to maneuver low and through the grooves of the city, just where drones should be "safe" to fly, not high and near the airports. I’d hesitate to say this fellow necessarily was asking for this. Seems an unlucky circumstance with an unaccounted-for helicopter that commonly flies within the drone’s parameters. Also, in his comment, he did mention all the things I mentioned, as well as the fact that he tried to avoid the helicopter, which I noticed as well. You can see him try to move leftward, though the drone might have accelerated slowly.

  13. Mario Hennenberger on October 29, 2021 at 9:25 am

    the helicopter has a wingspan of about 11 meters, makes 1 blade about 5 meters long, filmed in 4k (as mentioned)
    when the helicopter exit the frame about half of the blade is gone, let’s just be generous here and say its 2 meters: 2 Meters in 1 frame = 60 meters/sec at 30 frames/sec = 216 KMh = 134 mph.

    I highly doubt that *ANYONE* could have seen such a small and fast-moving object (100+ mph) in gray/blue color moving over a blue sky and green sea.

    manned aircraft are not allowed to fly below 500, yet you confirm the drone is at "about 400" and it’s higher than the helicopter!
    so the question to ask is "why does the helicopter fly 100 below the allowed ground clearance with almost full speed in an area where other flying objects are to be expected?

    it’s not about right and wrong, the general negativity of the analysis video seem to trend that almost all aircraft encounters automatically making the drone pilot a moron.

  14. Dick Yang on October 29, 2021 at 9:26 am

    What drone rec is all real..lol

  15. Fire Island Mavic on October 29, 2021 at 9:27 am

    wow heart in throat moment

  16. DARRYL SMITH on October 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

    BELIEVE! Me, He ABSOLUTELY did not amd could not see the chopper coming at more then 80 knots.

  17. Tyler Barby on October 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

    What drone do u think I should get Mavic Pro or phantom 4

  18. Mz2 Red eye on October 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

    It’s because of idiots like this we get to cough up £16.50 lol should send the muppet the bill

  19. wingmanalive on October 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Drone strikes are so rare you could get hit by lightening twice in the same day with more probability. My issue is that Amazon was just granted permission to use drones for deliveries and I’ve seen the prototypes and they are HUGE and expensive, but my $200 1/2 lb toy is the threat?

  20. Devan Sellitti on October 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

    sick shot though

  21. DavidRiv2012 on October 29, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Manned aircraft will be required to have ADB-S

  22. ankit bhandari on October 29, 2021 at 9:31 am

    You said “bell 407” and showed an h125 helicopter

  23. JimsEquipmentShed on October 29, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Honestly, if the guy took evasive action, and dropped down, he probably would have hit the helicopter.

  24. puma.will. pounce on October 29, 2021 at 9:32 am

    0:50: "Despite the manned aircraft being VERY visible to the drone operator"…..

    So you think that a spec on the drone operators view screen that he’s looking at in the glaring bright Florida sunshine is "very visible?" I could barely see it in time and I was expecting to see it on a large computer monitor in indoor shade.

  25. Ryan Ward on October 29, 2021 at 9:34 am

    That’s insane! What morons! Boca Raton https://youtu.be/eOoTt740-4o

  26. artisteric on October 29, 2021 at 9:34 am

    We all love holiday flight treats

  27. Reggie Barron on October 29, 2021 at 9:34 am


  28. EVOLICIOUS on October 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

    This is EXACTLY why drones will be outlawed soon, and for good reason. I won’t be surprised if they are outlawed tomorrow. Won’t miss them either. Easy to use for criminal activities, easy to use to invade privacy, easy to get in the way of emergency services, easy to obstruct plenty of things and be overall unsafe AF.

  29. GRUMPY OLD GUY on October 29, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Leave it to A-holes to ruin it for everyone. Lets not mention that this A-hole is middle eastern. Only a matter of time before those A-holes try to use drones as a terror weapon to take down aircraft.

  30. D Hansel on October 29, 2021 at 9:38 am

    It appears the new version of firmware from DJI has activated the transponder on the Mavic 2 series. It’s up to the aircraft to be aware they are flying in the drone airspace.
    Soon, very soon UPS, FedEx, Amazon and pizza companies will be all over the 0-400′ airspace.

  31. Norma on October 29, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I,m just waiting to see major plane crash caused by a drone headline in the news. I dont mind drones but somewhere safe!

  32. Thomas Maughan on October 29, 2021 at 9:44 am

    December 2019: FAA has just announced a proposed rule that will require almost all drones to broadcast their location AND the location of the control station. This information will be linked via internet to service providers who in turn presumably can alert helicopter pilots and, going the other way, drone operators will know where helicopters are. That’s the idea anyway. No more sneaking up on each other.

  33. Soen Trueman on October 29, 2021 at 9:44 am

    I think this highlights the legacy nature of existing ATC zoning; there is no reason that helicopter’s pre-planned flight path and the drone’s flight path couldn’t have been pre-registered in a central web service somewhere that could have prevented this. Like NOTAMs, but a newer, simpler system that can block out areas in 3 dimensions. Sure, that dampens the creativity somewhat of having purely free flight, but, like on roads, we need to learn to share the space with all users. And if this situation is bad now between helicopters and drones; it’s going to get worse when you have fully automated air taxis and automated delivery drones.

  34. IPAS - Australia on October 29, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Good analysis of whether this is fake or not. It is real footage from what I can see and I agree with your analysis. Well done on that, but may I suggest you get a pilot to go over your script. Some of your use of terminology is a bit questionable… but overall a good video. Thanks for posting.

  35. Steve Meyer on October 29, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Not only would people be held accountable for lives lost her an accident but they’d be held accountable for making drone laws more strict on people who are actually law-abiding drone pilots and ruins it for everyone

  36. Kevin Doble on October 29, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Pretty new to drones myself, however it seems that common sense is not a universal human attribute.

  37. Grow Witch Us OKC on October 29, 2021 at 9:51 am

    things like that are exactly why we’re having to go through so much stuff to be able to fly or drones for recreational purposes it’s irresponsible it’s dangerous.

  38. Tyler Barby on October 29, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Yeah I do thanks you

  39. Edwin Negron on October 29, 2021 at 9:59 am

    thank you for the video. I fly responsibly and yet I get small aircraft flying well below the 400 feet around my area. When I can see the pilot and can read their tail numbers without binos I shake my head. I had one "sneak" up on me and while I was well away from them I made an evasive maneuver to make sure nothing was going to occur.

  40. Nick Corona on October 29, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Did anyone even argue if this were real or not? Holy crap

  41. Steve Fox on October 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

    400ft limit in the uk does not apply to all of us, some of us are still allowed to 1000ft 🙂
    Unfortunately for quadcopter flyers, no quad is allowed beyond 400ft.

  42. Joe Perez on October 29, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Air plain pilot and chopper pilot also have to be responsible for air space also. I have seen plans and choppers flying under 5 hundred ft I’m tired of it’s always done pilot fault .I never fly over 4 hundred ft and I can count a number of times in the Hudson valley area that these pilots are breaking the rules. I’m under 4 hundred ft. And I have all my drones set so they can’t fly over 4 hundred and 85 ft. Don’t always blame it on the drone pilots it’s not right and they should be investigated and their license should be taken away. They have to share the air space and they know that they should not be flying that low it goes both ways . They know that drones fly 4 hundred ft and we should not be responsible if they are broken the law a plane or a chopper can come out of nowhere and they can fly over a hundred miles an hour . Most drones can barely move 20 miles per hour and 4 hundred feet it bad enough that we can’t fly higher but i can live with that plane and choppers should always fly over 6 to 7 hundred feet they have plenty of air space and we already are limited how high we can fly and they should be just as responsible as a drone pilot. This is no different than people taking up bike lanes in the city’s where Pedestrians are killed every day by them riding in the bike lane. Their is no difference.

  43. Drone Dynasty on October 29, 2021 at 10:01 am

    No identification markings on helicopter 🚁

  44. Jan Nielsen on October 29, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Drones Should only be legal as a tool for business and no private person Should Even be allowd to own one!!!

  45. Joe Perez on October 29, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Please keep pilots under 4 hundred feet this is the chopper pilots fault if this drone was under 4 hundred feet .let’s stop the bull shit.

  46. Life180 #floridacouple on October 29, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Hi. Wow. I have a video flying right around there. I love all of the areas around the beach. I’m currently working on getting my part 107. You and Ken actually criticized a video of mine. I did ok, lol except for the length. Anyhow. I see planes and helicopters flying down the beach often and flying lower than 400′. I am always looking for those. My wife is always my VO. Thanks for sharing. Cheers 🍻.

  47. LANCASHIRE STUART on October 29, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Mavic pro flying into INTERSTATE powerlines???
    CHECK out this video of my nightmare scenario!!! My Mavic flys out of transmission range on a waypoint mission to only find its mission altitudes programmed incorrectly at the worst possible moments!

  48. Paul Radford on October 29, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Your inset image of the Bell 407 at 6:46 and earlier are incorrect. These are a Royal Australian Navy AS350BA Squirrel.

  49. puma.will. pounce on October 29, 2021 at 10:09 am

    The 400 ft. AGL rule was actually law in the U.S. at the time of this incident under Part 107 regulations, and not just a recommendation.

  50. Rays Metal Tracks on October 29, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Wow, that was close.  I mean, at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if drones were soon assigned call signs and governed by the same rules and regulations as general aircraft.

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