Viewfinder: A Parker 4th

A private helicopter takes a pleasure run along the Colorado River, joining the thousands who flocked to the Parker Strip on 4th of July weekend, with the water temperature rising just in time for this classic summer weekend.

12 comments

  1. Terilyn Gary

    Isn’t there FAA regs about flying that low over groups of people? Looks kinda sketchy

  2. Rusty Stewart

    B there in a couple of days, can’t wait!

  3. Ramona Ortega Sandoval

    Had a great time this weekend. The water was perfect.

  4. Jeanne M. Kautz

    Was wondering what he was doing! Went right over us!

  5. Tracy Peysar Wells

    We are at Road Runner when they did a fly by

  6. Bruce Smith

    Saw him in Bullhead/ Laughlin 😜

  7. Looks like a Bell 212, possibly fitted with a belly tank. I’m guessing it may have been a firefighting helicopter. There have been a lot of fires in AZ and CA lately, possibly a fly-by enroute?

  8. Michael Collins

    Yes there is an altitude restriction of 1200 feet above the Colorado River. Unless you are taking off or landing. Then you’re supposed to remain 500 feet away from any structures or pedestrians.

  9. Terilyn Gary

    Then that helicopter appeared to be in violation of FAA restrictions

  10. Nate Anderson

    He was so low it was stupid

  11. Alan Nmust not fly "recklessly"elson

    Rotary wing aircraft (AKA Helicopters) have no restrictions on altitude, but must not fly recklessly.

    91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General.

    Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:

    a. Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.

    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. Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph B or C of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. In addition, each person operating a helicopter shall comply with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the Administrator.

  12. Alan Nelson

    Rotary wing aircraft (AKA Helicopters) have no restrictions on altitude, but must not fly recklessly.

    91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General.

    Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:

    a. Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.

    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. Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph B or C of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. In addition, each person operating a helicopter shall comply with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the Administrator.

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