Saw something odd yesterday

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Insight Chief Captain

On my way home, i stopped my bike and took a quick shot of this:

excuse the pic quality

The sign said "COME ON ENGLAND" as there was an England B game at the majesky (sp?) stadium in Reading.

I have never seen a helicopter tow something like this before, it wasn't a small helicopter - look at the size of the flag!!!

Isn't this incredibly dangerous? I know helis carry stuff but this is like towing a big sail.

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Jonathan (99jolegg) Chief Captain


I didn't even think helicopters were allowed to tow banners. I suppose as long as he stays a good couple of hundred feet above everything, he should be alright Dont Know

flightcheck Guest

Yeah choppers can tow banners, here in Perth, WA, they have them around for big events and stuff like that

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simon roourke (simon123) First Officer

well thats a new one for me...

come on ENGLAND. ❗ ❗

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

It is bad enough when fixed-wing a/c tow banners. After all, by design, a fixed-wind a/c wants to fly. Helicopters, by design, have no inherent flight stability and people want to add more instability?!?! 😳

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Germán Campopiano (Oberkomando) Captain

Hard work they have to do to tow that all over ! 😳

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ceetee Chief Captain

Lots of helicopters tow banners over here in NZ.

I took some photos a while back of a helecopter picking up a banner from the ground. The banner is weighted at the bottem corners so stays in shape while being towed.

Come to think about it, that would be a pretty awesome job, flying around all day towing banners. Where do I sign up? 😂

Guest Ed Guest

It probably adds stability, kind of like a tail on a kite. It's hard to imagine anything that would make a helicopter LESS stable.


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