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Title: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: juleman on April 04, 2020, 04:39:58 AM
Who else is hearing this helicopter? Any ideas?  It started at 4:20 and is still hovering at close to 4:40am.  I live right near St. Joan of Arc.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: JHResident on April 04, 2020, 06:00:36 AM
Citizen says incident at 34th Ave and 89th St and helicopter reported, no other details.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: JHResident on April 04, 2020, 06:03:01 AM
Sorry, 35th Ave.
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Post by: the80s on April 04, 2020, 03:13:37 PM
This was crazy. So loud, and lasted for so long. Any more information on what the "incident" was?
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Post by: Donna on April 04, 2020, 03:33:27 PM
Between the sirens 24 hours of the day and this helicopter last nite, I thought I was in a MASH unit. Haven't slept in days.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: SimoneB on April 06, 2020, 02:06:13 AM
Anyone hearing it now? It’s 2:05am, does anyone know what is happening?
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: dd_nyc on April 06, 2020, 02:30:38 AM
Woke me up the other day. Woke me up at 2am. Flew away... now it's back. What is going on and do we really need this roaring over our buildings?
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: buzz on April 06, 2020, 02:33:20 AM
Second night 4/6 at 2:30 annd back again.  I think they are airlifting patients?
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Post by: jhhw on April 06, 2020, 02:44:14 AM
I never post... but these helicopters are really unnerving. I placed a noise complaint with the port authority (not sure if that actually does anything) ...I guess the airlifting of patients makes sense though.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: dd_nyc on April 06, 2020, 02:48:29 AM
Security for the Mayor or airlifting patients over Elmhurst hospital. They take a very long time for the latter.  And they're back for the third time this hour.

If I knew it was for patients I'd learn to live with it.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: JHHD on April 06, 2020, 02:51:36 AM
It's just hovering over different parts of the neighborhood. I think it's a NYPD patrol/deterrent against possible nightlife (of which there isn't any) or commercial burglaries in the area.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: dd_nyc on April 06, 2020, 02:53:58 AM
They're really not helping. There they are a fourth time. I wonder if 311 noise complaint would do anything about this?
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: juleman on April 06, 2020, 03:25:39 AM
Woke me up this morning (Mon 4/6) at 1:55, hovered (near St Joan of Arc) til 2:14.  I thought it had left, then back again at 2:25.  Baby is up and crying.  I think I still hear it, though it is faint -- seemed to "drive around" from 2:25-3am.  Psychological torture.  I'll call everyone I can think of tomorrow -- please everyone do the same.  Really really awful.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: Heightsman on April 06, 2020, 08:48:27 AM
Hi I heard for the first time last night. I'm neat St. Joan of Ark as well and it sounded like it hovering right above my building. Rather scary when it wakes one up at 2AM.
Whatever the reason I would like to know why this is happening during these hours.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: Liz on April 06, 2020, 09:00:57 AM
I heard it too and I saw it -  really was right above.  It was there a long time.  I'd like to know why too. 
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: dssjh on April 06, 2020, 09:15:42 AM
They're really not helping. There they are a fourth time. I wonder if 311 noise complaint would do anything about this?

no offense, but if you don't know what they're doing, how do you know they're really not helping?

Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: lalochezia on April 06, 2020, 09:20:50 AM
  I'll call everyone I can think of tomorrow -- please everyone do the same.  Really really awful.

find out if it's EMS/police first!

If this is EMS or a police copter (more likely), your complaints will get you precisely ZERO effect and traction anywhere. save your breath. you'll get sympathy but not much else.

public safety trumps disturbances of the populace no matter how onerous or annoying, and rightly so.
 legal and policy precedents everywhere for this....

(if it is another copter, complain away! screw those guys).
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Post by: Ms. Jackson on April 06, 2020, 10:46:49 AM
Someone on Citizen app said it was NYPD helicopter and they were looking for suspects around 82nd Street; ground patrol was checking rooftops, fire escapes, etc.

Woke me up from a sound sleep around 2am and once I got back to bed after 4am, I had wretched dreams that had me tossing and turning.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: dd_nyc on April 06, 2020, 11:03:59 AM
Someone on Citizen app said it was NYPD helicopter and they were looking for suspects around 82nd Street; ground patrol was checking rooftops, fire escapes, etc.

Woke me up from a sound sleep around 2am and once I got back to bed after 4am, I had wretched dreams that had me tossing and turning.

Ah is that what it is.

From my experience (and this also answers an earlier question re helping/not helping) they usually have a spotlight beaming down when they're looking for someone.  If this was in the 82nd area I believe I would have seen that.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: juleman on April 06, 2020, 11:16:37 AM
Wrote to Danny Dromm (and also said nice things -- I am a fan of his) and got this reply from his office, for what it's worth.  Will try to contact every other local elected official later.  I encourage everyone else to do the same!

Thank you for contacting us (and thanks for your kind words, which I have forwarded to Council Member Dromm.)  I am sorry that you and your family are being kept up at all hours of the night/morning. The CM also hears the pervasive helicopter noise. At this time, we do not know who is flying the helicopters or what their purpose might be.  He is reaching out to the 115th Precinct and the Mayor's office to inquire.  We will keep you updated.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: hfm on April 06, 2020, 11:38:43 AM
I was listening to scanner and heard a report of a missing 15 year old.

If they have some type of infrared vision assistance I could see the lack of spotlight, but if there's on the ground officers also canvassing it seems like the spotlight would have been warranted to aide them.

It does seem weird that there's no spotlight in use. Would be nice to hear what Dromm gets from the 115.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: gnh_jh on April 06, 2020, 01:22:12 PM
It woke me up too.

If you use the "playback" feature on flightrader24 you can see that it's an NYPD helicopter, tail number N918PD
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: buzz on April 06, 2020, 03:30:37 PM
they are going to Elmhurst hospital, as my window looks down 80th Street and I can see one hovering over the hospital last night.  There are multiple  copters so the ones over 35th Avenue are queueing to go to the hospital.  Also a few nights back at around four am there were airplanes flying over, I assume this is the military coming in.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: toddg on April 06, 2020, 04:52:11 PM
I wonder if it's a delivery of equipment from the state stockpile that Cuomo has been talking about.
Title: Re: Helicopter? Sat 4:20-?am
Post by: dssjh on April 06, 2020, 04:59:42 PM
that's a very plausible explanation.

does anyone know if the private helipads arrayed around Manhattan are still operational? i really don't know anyone at the private helicopter trip pay grade, but it would seem like they'd be grounded as non-essential....