CTV Helicopter Buzzing My House

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CTV News helicopter buzzes my house at 07:00am. They are LOUD.

CTV News helicopter buzzes my house at 07:00am. They are LOUD.

Today I woke up at 06:30 to a morning of lovely sunshine and moderate 16°C temperatures. At 07:00 a helicopter begins hovering over my house, and does this for 30-40 minutes. Helicopters in my locale, means there’s trouble in the neighbourhood.

CTV News helicopter buzzes my house at 07:00am. They are LOUD.

CTV News helicopter buzzes my house at 07:00am. They are LOUD.

Helicopters, even if they seem far up in the air, are quite noisy. It was noisy enough for me to go outside with my binoculars to try to ID the critter, and then to grab my camera and shoot a few off. The CTV helicopter call sign was “C-FCTV”. The helicopter has a very large camera and swivel on the front of the bird. This setup reminds me of the heat seeking or night vision FLIR (Forward looking infrared) systems used on military and police helicopters and airplanes.

The last time a helicopter was in the neighbourhood was when a guy was killed one block to the east. That was a police helicopter keeping an eye out over the neighbourhood.

A couple of hours later on the news I learned some guy got shot twice a block west and a little north. At 06:30 in the morning. I figure that people should calm themselves down and enjoy the beautiful day. Wishful thinking.

I still remember when I was in Beijing during Tiananmen Square in 1989, an army helicopter dropped leaflets over my university telling students to not protest and to behave themselves. That tact certainly did not work, but it was sure rare to see a helicopter then. All the Chinese students dropped everything, including their lectures and ran outside. Class dismissed!

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