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Old 04-25-2010, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Tega Cay, SC
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Default Helicoptors....Tega Cay

The past two nights we've seen a low flying helicoptor making numerous passes over Tega Cay (looks to be near the golf clubhouse). Anyone know why?
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Rock Hill
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Wondering the same thing - one passed over our house in RH a couple of times in the early evening. It appeared that the side door was open. We assumed they were filming the Come See Me activities, but maybe not!
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
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I had them here at the south end of Lake Wylie, also. Hubby said they were giving helicopter rides as part of Come See Me... but with the side door open, that may have been something different. The ones I saw did not have the door open.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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It was a boating accident at Deep Cove. They transported the victims via helicopter to CMC from the Tega Cay Clubhouse.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
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Ohio, I hadn't heard about the boating accident. Thanks for the info. I hope the boater(s) are ok. But I think what the OP is referring to was multiple days in a row, and multiple "fly-bys".
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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During the daytime, one of the Med Center Air helos is based over at Rock Hill Airport. At sunset, the helo is flown back to a hanger at the airport in Monroe, then brought back the next morning.

(The big advantage of keeping one of the helos away from downtown Charlotte and Charlotte-Douglas Airport is that they can often respond to a flight request faster, since there are less restrictions on the air space for flying over Rock Hill.)

If the helicopters you saw were related to Med Center Air's program, the overflights may have been related to either finding a new landing zone to pickup critical care patients (often accident victims), when transport time to a trauma center is important.

The helicopter could have also been related to a SLED or National Guard drug detection operation. The cargo bay door might be open for video surveillance, or to use IR detection on a possible grow house.

BTW - Med Center Air switched to new Eurocopter EC135 helos in February. Last time I saw the one based in Rock Hill, it was still not decalled in the CMC / CHS real green and white colors. Here's a link to some photos of the new med helos they've gone to ...

http://www.carolinasmedicalcenter.co...sltrQ12010.pdf
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