This is what we WISH would happen! Nobody dies, the owl just gets a few
good swipes in.
Thanks to Nathan "Drifto" for the idea.
Dell Schanze strikes again. This isn't
hunting, it's torture for the simple pleasure of it. Chasing a bird
for a few seconds is one thing, chasing it to kick it, and for as long
as he does is reprehensible. Here is the
video (up as of Apr 10, 2013).
According to a report from
Salt Lake TV
Station KSL this flight was from two years ago. There's no doubt
it's Dell. It's got the same wing, same footware, same mangled finger,
same voice, and the same flying style.
I answered some questions for Fox 13 in Salt Lake City and thought
they did a good job of covering it.
Here's their report.
He may or may not have broken FAA rules but I'm told he almost
certainly broke wildlife rules. Far more important is that it's just another example of
his extreme lack of empathy. Some may brush it off by saying "ah, the
bird will be fine" but how can you know? How many predators chase for
this long? This poor bird was at military power for nearly 7
Here is the now-removed original video which shows it pulled due to
a copyright by Dell Schanze. That's powerful damning evidence that it
was Dell (who has denied being the pilot) since the video was pulled due
to a copyright claim by Dell. Not too bright.
The point of all this is to show clearly his character. Extreme
dishonesty has been his halmark -- delivered with ferver in a way that
otherwise observant people fall for it. Do the sport a favor and warn
Also, I got an email suggesting that I did the video. Don't I wish. I
would be extremely proud to have exposed this destructive influence on
our sport. I did download it before he pulled it and will hopefully get
a commentary up but, rest assured, when I do, it won't be anonymous.
Dell Denies Being the Pilot!
This shouldn't be surprising for someone willing to say anything
regardless of its truth. But Dell has denied being the pilot who chased
down the hawk in spite of the evidence. In spite of the fact that
snippets of conversation show that he took pride in doing so on the
video. These other observations make his denial ludicrous:
1. He admits to doing it on a public posting. Even though this was
probably a different event, he not only admits that he does this, he
brags about it. Here was part of his message (#16287) posted by Dell:
Sweet video but I must say my launch is much smoother and cleaner
than the Hawk's:
I believe I am also the only person in the world to chase a Hawk
down and catch it. A wild Hawk. So until the Hawk shows some real
talent then I don't think he can really compete with me for the
title. lol. Anytime that Hawk wants another go for air superiority
though then I'm his huckleberry.
2. The video was removed (see sidebar) by Dell Schanze! Given that it
was helmet cam footage, that's as damning as it gets.
Dell Schanze can be best understood as a Psychopath.
I don't even say that as an insult but an observation that can help understand
Many pilots have chased critters but they've done it briefly,
realizing more is potentially harmful and just plain mean. This
puts the bird in peril with no concern at all. Of course a lack of empathy
is a characteristic of psychopathy.
Dell Says "It Wasn't Me"
Apr 9, 2013 I got a Facebook message
today from a friend who called Dell's business number to complain about
the owl incident. Dell denied that it was him. Interestingly, sometime
on Apr 9, the video was removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim by
Dell Schanze. (screenshot below). Given that it was a helmet cam, that
sure seems to be about as close to an admission of guilt as you can get.