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HelicopterMain Discussion › Backyard Flying... neighbor calls the police...... police get a show
01-29-2007 12:28 AM  10 years agoPost 1
hootowl

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It's really a long story about my backyard neighbor and me.

My house was there first. Then they sold the old pig farm behind me and built a development of 4000 sq ft homes that sell for $500,000.

So Tim, during the building of his house, decides to run two 4" drains about 200 ft each from his house which is situated directly behind my property but about 40 feet higher elevation. These drains are connected to his roof downspouts. He is pumping all of his storm water to within six feet of my back yard. We are talking big roof, lots of water.

I proceed to pay him a personal visit. Went pretty well. We both decided the corrugated drain pipe he used will eventually clog up from gutter debris and he'll have to abandon the system. It was temporary so his grass could grow without erosion... so he says.
I backed down

Two years later....
I cut down all of the trees in my backyard. Lot is 80 x 200. Lots of trees...$7000 just in removal cost. 35 trees down, many over 100 ft tall. I plant a line of cedar trees along the back property line. These will be for future privacy... good for all. He gets upset saying I should have consulted him before cutting down my trees He's upset because he lost a beautiful wooded view. I understand but can't help him. He squeels to his neighbor that I have trees planted back there behind their wooded lot that might be on their property. He was wrong. We bicker over the back property line so instead of paying for a survey I remove the trees. He gets it surveyed and it ends up the trees were in my yard. No biggy. I backed down

Now for the rest of the story....

There is a retention pond for storm drainage built when they built the development. There is a house between him (Tim) and the basin. I go back there and fly my EVO50. Once yesterday and once today.

My doorbell rings. Police..... "Are you the fellow flying helicopters?"

I said yes officers, I am he. He said they got a complaint. After probing a bit they said it was Tim who called. He made it sound like I was flying over their property which I was not.

Anyway the cops were cool. I showed him my fleet. They were blown away.

The best part....

I took my Trex outside... in direct view of the squeeler.. and flew it for them. They stuck around for a good half hour shootin the breeze. Talked about everything under the sun. I told them I wouldn't fly back there anymore. No big deal for me. Sweet revenge.

Police said Tim said he didn't care about me flying on my property.. jerk. Can't wait to get the night flyer going

Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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01-29-2007 12:37 AM  10 years agoPost 2
rada70

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Good for you. Some neighbors are a pain.

Just do it.

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01-29-2007 12:52 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Shoego Heli

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Good for you. Some neighbors are a pain.
don't ya hate neigherbors like him, tell us; he flies plankers right!!!

aside:
4000 sq ft homes that sell for $500,000
Boy that would've easily cost over a $1,000,000 here in San Diego with a small yard!

I fly in the front and backyard and my neighbors enjoy watching AND even the cops when they pass by.

Having my heli: Cool, Having a working heli: Awesome, Having a day to fly: PRICELESS!

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01-29-2007 12:59 AM  10 years agoPost 4
crash-

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I have good neigherbors
they come over a watch.

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01-29-2007 01:00 AM  10 years agoPost 5
switch26

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well that really sucks man,all that land and not being eable to enjoy it cause of a friggin grumpy old man,im glad the cops enjoyed the show man,thas gonna get that guy more upset

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01-29-2007 01:04 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Jonty

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Good stuff, but make sure you land it on his roof sometime. just claim it was santa if the cops show up again.

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01-29-2007 01:08 AM  10 years agoPost 7
cwright

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Blossvale New York

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I fly out in back on my land as well. No problems with any neighbors, in fact they like the fact that I fly there because it gives them excercise. I fly and they run. Glad to see the cops are on your side. Chuck

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01-29-2007 01:31 AM  10 years agoPost 8
hootowl

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Garnet Valley, Pa.

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I can still fly in my backyard. It's just a little tighter because it's got abrupt tree lines on the sides. I liked flying over the retention pond because it's a big basin and I fly from up high on the berm.

I'm still gonna fly the Trex back there.

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01-29-2007 01:34 AM  10 years agoPost 9
VKGT

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I'd keep flying back there Sucks when you have crappy neighbors.. .Most people are just impressed to see someone flying helis, others are just aholes.

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01-29-2007 01:40 AM  10 years agoPost 10
hootowl

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Actually I don't think a whole lot could be done about me flying there. I just don't want to give us heli flyers a bad name. I have lots of other places to fly.

It was funny the Officer said the guy said the helicopter was big... like 5 feet long. Pretty good judgment cause my EVO50 is real close to that main to tail.

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01-29-2007 01:43 AM  10 years agoPost 11
Macgruff

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Jackson, MS - United States

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Keep Fly-in

He should have appreciated having you for a neighbor. However he seems to be a bully. Hats off to you for keeping your head.

My neighbors enjoy watching me tune and practice at the house.

Keep Fly-in

Burning fuel daily will raise the bar on ones level of experience.
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01-29-2007 01:49 AM  10 years agoPost 12
andres.c

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plant the cedar back in the line and let them grow or even better rent some space for one of those big advertisiong signs make sure it faces his house , LOL

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01-29-2007 01:49 AM  10 years agoPost 13
rcadd1ct

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Richardson, Texas

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After hours he might have a leg to stand on with the noise.

Other than that have fun!

-RCA .......... Making Cuisinarts Fly!!!!!!!

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01-29-2007 02:10 AM  10 years agoPost 14
Tyler

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Chicagoland area

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Neighbors

I went to a fellow pilots house to work on our helis. We went into his back yard to fly over the bean field that runs along his property line.

I was scooting pretty good with a raptor 50 when I had a flame out in FFF. I was just learning autos at the time, so I was rather uncomfortable with my situation.

I ended up shooting an auto on the top of a neigbors roof!

The lady came out of the house, looked around and went back inside. She came out a minute later and investigated further than the front door. Whe went back inside again. Then she came out a third time and was walking around the driveway and front yard trying to figure out what had happened. BOY DID I FEEL SMALL KNOWING I HAD TO GO ASK HER IF I COULD RETRIEVE MY HELI FROM HER ROOFTOP! I was dreading the thought of how I was going to pay to repair her roof, as surely there would be some damage.

We got my friend's ladder, surveyed the heli location and decided to just climb her TV tower.

Only the slightest nick in one shingle could be found. A stick falling from a tree would cause more damage. Only the pebbles were disturbed, the shingle was not torn or punctured.

She laughed about the entire event saying: "I couldn't figure out what caused the noise. I checked outside the front door, then checked the dishwasher for banging dishes, then the front porch, the mailbox, then the washing machine for an unbalanced load, then the garage door, etc. I am just glad to know what made the noise!!"

Her father ended up being one of our club's founding and current members. He still comes out to watch and occassionally crash an electric at age 97!

I was flying in my buddies back yard just two weeks ago when the same lady arrived home with her great grandkids, who enthusiastically yelled, "Grandma, look at the helis, look at the helicopter!!"

We were very lucky!! I fly exclusively over the bean field and now can spot land autos!

Tyler

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01-29-2007 06:09 AM  10 years agoPost 15
flipped2left

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indianapolis,in.

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I had a similar incident but my flying took place around 2-3 am! i woke up and couldn't get back to sleep ..so i took the heli out for a little hovering out back, neighbor was blasting his stereo so i figured i was ok, nope! neighbor that was blasting stereo called the cops on me!

Smile! people will wonder what you're up to!!

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01-29-2007 06:57 AM  10 years agoPost 16
DMehalko(DM)

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hahaha, that first story was actually fairly entertaining

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01-29-2007 09:35 AM  10 years agoPost 17
TOSH

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Nothing to do with helis but about 20 years ago l knocked down two cottages and built myself a house. The couple who rented the house next door decided they wanted to go to war with me over every petty thing they could think of and also started bad mouthing me to anyone who could listen. Not that l could give a flying f**k but in the end l thought why am l letting them get away with it. l went to their landlord and made him an offer he couldn't refuse. You could see the pain in their faces when they had to hand over the rent to me. Especially as it had just trebled. They didn't stay long after that.

Flybars. Who needs `em.

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01-29-2007 10:26 AM  10 years agoPost 18
hootowl

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Garnet Valley, Pa.

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i er faling out weth nebour fyin my helicopter he wantin fightin i er i shutin wind pipe no breathin an smaker da balls in big troble i move no neberin now fyin all da day no troblin now with da peasants bad humen
Wel sed

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01-29-2007 10:55 AM  10 years agoPost 19
hootowl

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Actually the guy gets more pissed off at me not reacting to his crying and turning the thing around by having fun with the police than if I pulled something stupid on him.

When I planted the line of trees, he went to his neighbor (how do I know? He did it right in front of me :rolleyes )to try and get them pissed at me. The next day I paid his neighbor a visit. We are good friends now and they are grateful that I planted the trees.

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01-29-2007 04:38 PM  10 years agoPost 20
TOSH

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Hi EREK
Deny everything. The bloke tripped.

Flybars. Who needs `em.

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