Near-miss video shows risk of flying drones in busy airspace as helicopter suddenly appears

Near-miss video shows risk of flying drones in busy airspace as helicopter suddenly appears

Check out this near-miss drone video that was just posted on YouTube yesterday. It shows you how a helicopter can quickly appear out of nowhere and come at you fast. All of a sudden, your leisure drone-flight along the Hollywood Beach, FL coastline, could potentially cause a tragic accident, guaranteed to make the headlines throughout the country. Luckily this one ended well, but it shows you how careful we all have to be when flying our drones in a congested airspace.

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Near-miss video shows risk of flying drones in busy airspace as helicopter suddenly appears out of nowhere



  1. Ultrametric on November 10, 2021 at 9:44 am

    The Diplomat Hotel seen in the background – the tallest building in the area – is 440 ft tall. Add say 10 feet for the land underneath above sea level, and based on the horizon being very nearly tangent to the building, you can estimate that the drone was right at 400 ft above the water. Therefore the helicopter was significantly lower than 400 ft. I’d say that’s too low for a helicopter in cruise.

  2. Heyyehheyallgood Yawhaveh on November 10, 2021 at 9:45 am

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  3. Mtech Digital Marketing on November 10, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I see Choppers flying over the beach way below 400 all the time.. this almost happened to me once while flying my mavic pro in Juno Beach Florida…. a chopper flew by the water extremely close to where i was filming at about 280 to 300 ft.. they do this all time for some reason in Florida…

  4. Anthony Navarro on November 10, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Missed you by about 10 feet! Drone footage always looks closer then what it really is

  5. Cole Black on November 10, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I’m from Canada so I don’t know the states drone laws that well. However watching some videos I’m under the understanding that if your flying near a building you can fly 400 feet above said building. What is the radius around said building where you can fly 400 ft above it?

  6. KRUSER on November 10, 2021 at 9:52 am

    That is nuts! I’m glad there wasn’t a collision. I wonder if the copter saw you there?

  7. Cpu Smith on November 10, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I lived there. Helicopter was below 400 AGL as well as the quadcopter which I saw constantly. So helicopter loses "An aircraft must maintain an altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure." He was well within 500 ft of a person which I saw violated constantly. FAA needs to fine the helicopter pilot and charge him with interfering with the operations of a quadcopter.

  8. Ken Ingram on November 10, 2021 at 9:55 am

    It should have the same effect as birds colliding with a helicopter or plane ?

  9. Jarrett Fayer on November 10, 2021 at 10:00 am

    The original is way better fps

  10. Bakó Gábor on November 10, 2021 at 10:01 am

    What about the turbulent shock wave? CGI?

  11. Kardoso Media on November 10, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Yikes! Way too close 😐

  12. Xtreme420 on November 10, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Wow who ever was flying that drone is stupid as fuck he seen the damn thing coming and yet he still goes closer to it. He should of dropped out of the sky like a hot rock. People like this are gonna kill the hobby for the rest of us 😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬

  13. RC Flyer on November 10, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Yes both pilots and drone operators need to fly safe and follow all rules and regulations. No drone has hurt or taken down an aircraft but every year hundreds of private pilots flying only for recreational reasons crash into homes and other buildings and kill other people why aren’t we hearing people wanting to stop recreational flying. I think the FAA is looking at the wrong people.

  14. Ian in London on November 10, 2021 at 10:09 am

    DroningOn did some good analysis on this and confirmed the buildings are around 450 ft, so drone looks like it was at 400′
    As you can see the helicopter was beneath him, so it was defo flying under 400′.
    Even in slow motion the chopper comes out of nowhere. Drone operator had no chance to manoeuvre anywhere.
    Loads of people fly their drones from the beach over water. So I think it’s a bit harsh to flame the drone operator here. It was a very bad near miss. But that’s why drones are supposed to fly below 400′ and aircraft are supposed to fly above 500′.
    If you’re going to fly that fast that low, it shows pretty poor judgement knowing that drones, kites and even paragliders being pulled by speed boats could be flying at that height….

  15. chapterwan on November 10, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Oui de plus l’hélice à l’arrière invisible, le gars n’a même pas pris soin de le modéliser…

  16. Jay Soukiassian on November 10, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Sadly to all you couch pilots who know nothing, operations in a helicopter as per 14CFR 135.203 – VFR MINUMS is 300 feet. Before you risk our lives as pilots with your buy off the shelf drones, think on what my wife and kids will have to go through because you want a really cool picture. Stop being idiots and think about the realities of your choices.

  17. Stealthmann on November 10, 2021 at 10:10 am

    This is not funny at all…..whoever made this video should be arrested as soon as possible

  18. Joe Campo on November 10, 2021 at 10:12 am

    My question is…Is the helicopter flying below 400’

  19. chapterwan on November 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Je pense que c’est un fake, à bien regarder, le pilote est caché, la surface de l’hélico me semble bien propre, les pales de l’hélice sont trop nettes, bref, c’est un faux assez bien fait mais un faux désolé, le cadrage aussi trop beau et le délai des images trop lent, faux, et faux.

  20. Chuck Seay on November 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Fake news!

  21. Billy Bob on November 10, 2021 at 10:17 am

    What is this like 5 frames a second?

  22. Shark Bait on November 10, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I see helis violating the min 500′ AGL rule in every country I’ve been. This isn’t ‘open water’, it is within 500′ of people/swimmers and maybe beachgoers.

  23. Ron Brown on November 10, 2021 at 10:18 am

    That was a close one.

  24. Shark Bait on November 10, 2021 at 10:19 am

    however not as bad as the US Parks heli purposefully chasing down a drone in a State Park and trying to down it using it’s props down-draft (while numerous public is in the area)….search for THAT video!!!

  25. Cheese on November 10, 2021 at 10:21 am

    what an idiot

  26. Bobby Coggins on November 10, 2021 at 10:23 am

    We’ve got a couple of private helicopter pilots (as well as one medical ambulance pilot) in my hometown who love to zoom around just above the treetops. I’m always worried about them showing up and don’t fly when I hear them on the local Unicom channel. (121.500 Mhz).

  27. America First on November 10, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Choppers and planes have no hard deck above water. This is a problem.

  28. Marcio Burbela on November 10, 2021 at 10:27 am

    The real pilot, in the helicopter make a down coletive descending, Dones need fly maximun 100 meters altitude, i dint see a minimum reaction and manuver to pitch up or down, to try one possible manuver anti crash, drone with all gulty, its a very danger for aviation, people widouth responsable and law with fly rules! Follow the rules. Drone is not a toy!

  29. pizzyfpv on November 10, 2021 at 10:29 am

    if that hit the heli props I wonder if it would cause a crash, imo it have to be a very special type of strike

  30. sarpifly on November 10, 2021 at 10:30 am


  31. Frankie Guns on November 10, 2021 at 10:32 am

    That is some great drone piloting. He saved the day in spite of the reckless actions of the chopper pilot.

  32. dr07828 on November 10, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Why is that chopper so low? Well anyway, that close and didn’t hit? Just shows how hard it is to create a strike.

  33. TheAfterBurnner Breneman on November 10, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I fly both manned aircraft and drones and its tuff being a drone pilot. You must avoid having a conflict with manned aircraft even if you are in the legal right. You must anticipate where there might be a conflict and have an evasion strategy, Helicopters and fast moving military aircraft are the hardest to deal with and I have seen many pilots of large manned aircraft break the faa rules themselves so you better plan on that happening as well. The operator in this case should have heard the helicopter coming down the beach although ground noise from people and cars can make that difficult. There are three evasion possibilities here assuming you are following the 400 foot rule. One] move toward the buildings at full speed and out of the flight path. Two] a drone can climb faster than it can descend however you don’t really know the on coming aircrafts real altitude and it puts you in the wrong by breaking the 400 foot rule. Three] is to cut the motors free fall and restart during the fall however this requires skill that most drone pilots don’t have plus it doesn’t work for heavy and expensive drones such as the matrice. In the end it is best to minimize the time spent in a possible conflict area and be prepared to move out of the flight path toward an area where the manned aircraft is unlikely to go.

  34. Wedart Studio on November 10, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Good 3D Animation!!! 🙂

  35. Andrew Davis on November 10, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Makes sense to me to retrofit every hobby drone with a sort of proximity warning device. Some type of simple transponder beacon that alerts manned aircraft to its presence. I’m not sure what the best range would be. Maybe alert the pilot if a drone gets within 100 meters?? Just a thought.

  36. Coast to Coast Drones' on November 10, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I honestly think it was staged

  37. Mark G on November 10, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I’ve seen stupid helicopters over the water near gulf of Mexico at like 100ft…luckily I wasn’t in air when it passed the beach

  38. Patrick Guerrisi on November 10, 2021 at 10:36 am

    If he was closer to the drone he would of heard that chopper in enough time to move

  39. Michael De Lio on November 10, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Dang, not good…what do you do if you’re flying line of sight and below, or even at regulation and a chopper comes outta nowhere? Some things are out of your control, but good lesson learned.

  40. C. Andre Wits on November 10, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Not sure about sight seeing helicopters, Ive seen a lot of them way under 500 feet around beaches, or even disaster zones when the news choppers are present. Unfortunately in this world, drones are the enemy and always in the wrong. Most drones usually stay way under 400 feet barrier, when Im at the beach I always see small aircraft towing banners etc and they are certainly not at above 500 feet. Good news about choppers is their blades are bulletproof so unlike a jet aircraft, 0 impact to human lives if it hits a drone.

  41. Becker's Rs on November 10, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Hey, please don’t share similar videos. People are trying to get noticed and take great risks.

  42. Papa Echo on November 10, 2021 at 10:40 am

    I did some research and here are the results:
    1. I asked an architect and she counted the stories of the building next to the drone and estimated the altitude to about 370ft. The drone is flying at an altitude that is at the top of the building or maybe a little higher.
    2. I looked again at 14 CFR §91.119 and I quote the relevant parts here:
    "Minimum safe altitudes: General.
    Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
    (b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.

    (c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

    (d) Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft. If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface—

    (1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA;"

    I found this website from the FAA about helicopter routes:

    I don’t know if there are “routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA;” at this beach, because I don’t know exactly where the location is. If there is no route I would mostly blame the helicopter pilot for flying too low, because he was flying within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet to the building.

  43. FlyinCameras on November 10, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Just straight stupid on both sides.

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