Sunday 11 December 2011

Helicopter landing as the 1% Occupy!

Rideau Ferry General Store
/AKA helicopter landing pad

 I hustled on down the road for supplies last night.
Rideau Ferry has a delightful little general store.

They have a snack bar, too!
Gas, french fries in summer, milk, snack food, LCBO, pop and eggs when we don't want to go into Perth. Apparently, this pilot didn't want to drive into the store, either.

Lo, and behold, a helicopter landed while I was in the store.

The staff were not amused. Apparently he does this all the time. There were at least a half dozen cars coming and going. I asked him if he was worried about shooting gravel at the cars. "Nah," he said, "it doesn't raise that much dust!" Crikey.

Registration N744TP

He's fortunate that there are not power lines.

It was a bit scary and the other store patrons were look at each other and shaking their heads.
It was close to sunset.
He didn't think there was any problem
landing in the store parking lot.

Those of us parked in the Rideau Ferry General Store were a bit flummoxed!  (He's also parked in the restaurant parking lot, too lazy to hop on a bike, cross the bridge, and go to the store!)

People complained! Rather the reverse of Occupy, as he is one of the 1%!

I flicked on the camera, and the sound was a bit peculiar. It's not a full-sized helicopter. I was so shocked, I didn't believe it!

After I reported this situation to Transport Canada, I made a police report. An OPP constable came to me house and I gave full details.

If you spot dangerous flying in Canada, contact:

Civil Aviation Issues Reporting System

Transport Canada | Transports Canada
330, rue Sparks Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
Helicopter in Rideau Ferry from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.


Anonymous said...

What a show-off hotshot that guy was. As you said 'crikey'.

Christine said...

what will you see next? It really doesn't sound safe, that helicopter!

Looks like you caught the eclipse of that moon there.

Red said...

You might want to look up some flight regulations. There are regulations as to altitude over settled areas and where you can land. Check with Dept of transport.

SandyCarlson said...

What adventures you have! That was really something!

Gill - That British Woman said...

was he popping in for a bag of milk?


Jenn Jilks said...

I'm checking, Red. I have forwarded the blog post to Transport Canada. We shall see. My kids did some research and told me that he ought to have registered a flight plan. His helicopter is registered in the US. All Canadian ones beging with the letter "C".

Thing is, GIll, the store sells booze, too. I didn't wait around for him to take off, but many pop in for libations!