When I went out for my run at 10 AM this morning (Saturday October 22nd), I noticed the choppers were constantly flying relatively low overhead in the Halifax South End. When I got to Point Pleasant Park, I noticed they were flying just above the tree line out on the water next to the park, and did the same thing along the waterfront. Seemed like some serious military exercise was going on!
Being a spy for the Chinese, I got the call to get my digital SLR down to the waterfront for some high shutter speed shots (1/8000th of a second) of what was going on. Turns out, it was all for fun cause there were kids and adults hanging out the opened side doors of these things as they flew by. Must have been Family Day at CFB Shearwater or something.
Jokes aside, though, those helicopters did some questionable maneuvers, in my opinion, as shown below. They were flying close over the ferry, where I’m sure there must have been a serious down draft and lots of noise for the people on the upper deck without hearing protection. They were flying very close to the MacDonald bridge, sometimes at road level beside it, where I’m sure drivers were distracted and the propeller draft was probably felt. One Sea King passed close to a sailing boat and gave it an unexpected nudge sideways with the draft in its sails. And one Sea King almost hit a seagull, as shown in a photo below. That would have been an epic photo and maybe some news story had a collision happen, even if the seagull would have simply been cut to smithereens.
And they were doing this at least from 10 AM to past 6 PM. With at least 3 helicopters going at a time at least 4 times an hour over basically the same routes, that was a lot of noise and rides to be putting up with! So much for a nice quiet walk in the park or waterfront!