When we first came to our small beach house, sometimes small planes would fly low right beside and around us. Repeatedly. I found that odd, and somewhat annoying. They were so low and so close I could read their callsign right off the side of the plane.
Actually, I was a bit envious too. Google Maps for this area is out of date, but it does tell me there’s a large lake I’d like to see about 1 Km away across the cow paddock, behind some tall trees. I’d love to get a good aerial view of our surroundings for myself.
In recent months a local farmer, or so I thought, has been learning to fly a helicopter. It would fly in a wide loop round our place, then hang about over the next-but-one paddock, practicing landing, hovering and other manoeuvres.
Just recently we’ve witnessed some fun aerobatics over that paddock too. Now that I’m happy with.
Then I learned an important piece of information that changed my mind completely: this area is a designated low-fly zone and training area. And if that means free aerobatics displays from time to time then that’s fine by me.
I caught a one minute video of a recent aerobatics flight with the camera on my iPhone 6. Thanks, someone, for the free show.
Note: the stills were from a different day, and taken with the 50–230 zoom lens on my Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera.