Photo by John Sonderman

“Dear PoPville,

…And do they wanna go on a date with me?

Maybe it’s just because it’s the pandemic and I’m home all the time, but it feels like the year of the helicopter. I’ve watched the same Air Force one pass over my apartment like, 4 times in the last hour while I’ve been working on my deck. I waved and I really want to know if the pilots can see us! Read More

Photo by Eric P.

From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas asking that their departments’ helicopters in the District of Columbia fly at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights and flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice to residents of prolonged training in a particular area.

“D.C. residents contact me frequently about helicopter noise in their neighborhoods,” Norton said. “Residents say that it affects their sleep and their ability to think and have conversations, and that it can cause structural damage to their homes.” Norton asked for a written response by March 19th.

The letter follows. Read More


Photo from Columbia Heights by DJ JunglEE

Lots of folks wrote in yesterday through last night from all over town echoing Lauren’s comment: “Please stop with the low flying helicopters oh my god! @PoPville (NoMa/H Street)”

Ed. Note: EHN is trying.

“2x VH-92A Marine One training and multiple landings at Naval Observatory this afternoon.”

Phil with some great video action: Read More


Photo by Eric P.

We never did find out what that was about but here’s an update from Friday on helicopter issues in the area from the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD), and David Trone (D-MD) today announced that they would introduce legislation to implement the recommendation from the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recently released report on helicopter noise in the National Capital Region (NCR). In January 2019, the Members wrote GAO requesting it conduct a study of helicopter noise in the NCR. GAO announced in June 2019 that it would conduct the study.

The report recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) direct its Office of Environment and Energy to develop a mechanism to exchange helicopter noise information with operators in the D.C. area. The FAA’s current ability to work with helicopter operators in the D.C. area is limited because of the absence of effective information sharing mechanisms. Creating a more effective information sharing mechanism would also allow for better, more comprehensive data on helicopter noise complaints that would help develop solutions in the future.

As residents of the District and the region can attest, helicopter noise from police and military helicopters continue to plague many of our neighborhoods,” Norton said. “Our residents need to know what can be done to reduce helicopter noise. This study’s recommendations are an important step toward getting much-needed information to deliver relief to our communities and making sure we minimize disruptions to neighborhoods and families.” Read More




“The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct Falcon Virgo, a routine air defense exercise, on Thursday, January 14, through Friday, January 15, and again on Monday, January 25, through Tuesday, January 26, between midnight and 5:30 a.m. EST each day in the National Capital Region. Read More


3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW

To follow these events in real time, you can follow our twitter here. Updates when/if more is known.

About those helicopters everyone started reporting around 7:30pm Saturday night, Alan Henney reported: “CRASH, BAILOUT and MANHUNT— i/a/o 2nd St and Massachusetts Ave NW-DC. Both Eagle and Falcon assisting after the suspect bailed from a carjacked auto that wrecked.”

via google maps

And in Foggy Bottom around 8:30pm:

“Alert: Armed Robbery Investigation at 2031hrs in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Lookout for two B/M’s, 20’s. Both armed with an AK-47’s. Fled in Gray Nissan Altima with temp tags and a black Lexus SUV.

Amanda sends this crazy photo from last night: “Wondering why the helicopters were flying over 395?”

Dave Statter reported yesterday: “Today’s I-395 drama is in the express lanes. Pursuit by @DCPoliceDept & others through Arlington, Alexandria & into Fairfax near Edsall. Vehicle reported to have been carjacked.”

Alan Henney reported: “update: Auto believed to be the one carjacked from Mont Co yesterday. All suspects in custody in the area of Edsall Rd.”

Side note: I was looking on AlertDC for some answers, which I didn’t realize was an “Unofficial feed of (mostly) DC Alert system” and before I spotted the “unofficial” part was marveling over this pinned tweet: Read More


Thanks to all who’ve been sending reports about the large police presence in Georgetown. Alan Henney reported:

“GEORGETOWN MANHUNT— 3200 blk Water St NW-DC (3200 blk K St NW, et al). A wanted man has fled from the police. He is on foot, possibly armed and hiding in the neighborhood. He is wanted for armed robbery among other charges.”

Readers send photos from the courtyard of papermill: Read More

Ed. Note: This is the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration that we’ve spoken about a few times. You can read about its mission here.

Alyssa (and many others) report yesterday and this morning: “Any reports of helicopter activity? I saw this one yesterday, but it wasn’t flying nearly as low and I only saw it once. Read More


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