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Any Flight Trackers out there?

Phishfry

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#1
I hear this plane circling above and it sounded like a prop plane so I figured I would pull it up and see whats up..
You just never know these days who is watching you these days.
This flight path really made me realize its purpose.
Tonight MIT was circling my house for 'research'. 9100ft. seems to be his sensors sweetspot
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/MTH9AR
 

ronaldlees

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I used to wonder why I had so many helicopter fly-overs, but found out (eventually) that it was just the normal flight plan for traffic from a nearby army base. They changed the pattern a few years ago, and now they're gone.

Maybe they're looking for weed (NOT in your garden, of course!) They have special camera equipment that picks it out.
 

ralphbsz

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#3
We live directly under the flight path to a major airport (arrivals into SFO from the south), and near some flight paths into another airport (SJC), so when we are outdoors at night we get a nice display of airplanes overhead; they are typically high enough (over 10K feet) that the noise is not a problem at all. I like to use flightradar24.com to get a picture; I think it's web page is a little easier to use than the flightaware one.
 

Phishfry

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#4
The flight tracker showed the flight originated at NAS Patuxent River, A military base.
That's what caught my eye. A civilian plane departing from PAX.

Something tells me they are testing newer versions of Gorgon Stare on the homeland for DARPA.
I am sure they have a good cover story. Heck who knows if the registration is even legit

It don't hurt that we have nice outdoors weather. Inside I would have never noticed the noise
 

ronaldlees

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#6
It seems to me that stuff like that is mostly good for fishing expeditions, or general operations (like spotting pot growing fields). It'd be too expensive otherwise. If they have some particular target in mind, they'd just hook a tracker onto the rubber bumper (or some similar place) of their jeep. Much cheaper.

Or - even cheaper - they could just tell the cell phone provider to track them, or the service provider for their vehicle navigation system. The nice part about the nav system is that when they get ready to make an arrest, they can just have the provider issue an immobilization code.
 

Phishfry

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#7
I guess you could call this a case of Too Much Information.
In the past I would have just guessed who was orbiting above me. The amount of information today is overwhelming.
You could say that I automatically assume the worst these days.