Austinites adjust to out of the ordinary helicopter traffic for F1
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For three days, low flying helicopters were a surprise for Austinites.
Beginning Friday, air-commuters hitching a ride to the Circuit of The Americas caught the attention of anyone within earshot of the expensive air cabs.
Carl Lindemann lives 200 yards from one of two city-approved short-term helipads.
"Suddenly, I realize I feel like I am an extra in a Vietnam film with the air cavalry moving in over me," he said.
The short-term chopper site on top of the parking garage across the street from Threadgill’s near Riverside Drive and South Congress saw at least 20 flights to the track Sunday.
Ryan Kihn lives in Del Valle's Los Cielos subdivision. His house sits three miles from the track. He says his experience could be much more pleasant if track officials would make him a deal, he couldn't refuse
"At breakfast we decided to eat outside and they were hovering, and you know constantly there so it was a little annoying," he said. "They could really make me happy by giving me a really good ticket for myself and for a friend and then, you know, I could probably get into it."