Helicopter over Fauntleroy/Gatewood: Tour company

June 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm | In Fauntleroy, Gatewood, Helicopter, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

In case you also noticed the small yellow helicopter circling/hovering over Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy (almost directly over WSB HQ for a while, so we grabbed a bit of video), thanks to Shannon for noting in a Twitter discussion that it was a tour-company helicopter. (Photo added, shared by Rey via Facebook)


  1. They had tele cameras and were taking pictures around thistle and 37th. Seemed odd place for a tour in ws neighborhood

    Comment by Busrider — 3:12 pm June 14, 2014 #

  2. Co-publisher Patrick is just back from the WSHS graduation at SW Athletic Complex and says the chopper buzzed the ceremony, too. So if you see it back around 7 – that’s when Sealth is graduating, same stadium.

    Comment by WSB — 3:16 pm June 14, 2014 #

  3. The chopper was very low for being over a residential area – probably no more than 150 meters off the ground, which would be pretty close to the 500 feet AGL that I think the FAA allows over congested areas. I would like to know which tour company is running these flights, so we could contact them about possibly flying a bit higher out of courtesy to the local homeowners.

    Comment by Rich Crenshaw — 4:01 pm June 14, 2014 #

  4. Follow the link in the story; that’s the company. Its name was on the chopper – not close enough for me to see without binoculars, but a twitter follower pointed it out, and the subsequent photo sent by a Facebook follower verified. I have sent the company e-mail asking what the circumstances were over here, as we don’t seem to be on any of their regular routes, and there was a long period of hovering.

    Comment by WSB — 4:05 pm June 14, 2014 #

  5. great, just what we need, more helicopter noise pollution based on someones amusement. They were probably scouting swaths of single family homes they want to target for development. Since having a lot with a yard is now considered ” hogging prime real estate”.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 9:58 pm June 14, 2014 #

  6. They hovered right over the house on and off for 15 minutes.
    That was way too low and TOO LOUD for a residential area.
    Police looking for someone in Lincoln Park…okay.
    Tour company invading our privacy….I DON’T THINK SO!!!

    Comment by Upper Fauntleroy — 8:47 am June 15, 2014 #

  7. Would you share the email address since it’s not on their site?

    Comment by Upper Fauntleroy — 9:34 am June 15, 2014 #

  8. You have to follow the links to the company that owns the tour service.

    Comment by WSB — 10:29 am June 15, 2014 #

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