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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    I just thought that today's track looked particularly erratic, going from point to point with little pattern to be seen. Unlike other days when it has flown a regular transcect pattern.

    I don't suspect anything untoward or suspicious, but I am a bit curious about an Italian registered aircraft, owned by (or just working for?) a German company operating in the UK. That the company is also used by the Netherlands Dept for Transport goes, I suppose, to show the international nature of such commercial work.

    Earlier today I looked up the Ordnance Survey blog (it's still there) about its own aircraft...G-NOSE and G-TASK. Having looked them up, both were owned and operated by RVL and one is now out of service. The other is no longer in OS livery.
    The track anomalies can be caused by the method of tracking linked to the transponder/receivers. ADS-B aircraft are usually tracked very accurately, but under MLAT a lot of the track is dead reckoning in some situations, so it can be miles out, literally.

    The aircraft could have been doing any manner of things prior to its reconnaissance/photo tracks, setting up the cameras or responding to air traffic direction.

    A lot of these smaller aviation companies really have to sweat the assets for them to earn their keep, so not surprising they’re going wherever the money takes them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    I just thought that today's track looked particularly erratic, going from point to point with little pattern to be seen. Unlike other days when it has flown a regular transcect pattern.
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    The other thing to remember is that track takes him through Southamptons control zone so will have limited scope for swanning about then he has to contend with Lee on Solent and itís little traffic and fleetlands. So could be just doing a normal days filming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aa388 View Post
    The other thing to remember is that track takes him through Southamptons control zone so will have limited scope for swanning about then he has to contend with Lee on Solent and itís little traffic and fleetlands. So could be just doing a normal days filming.
    Only one or two flights a day now from Southampton so they're probably taking advantage of the lull in traffic. I've seen one of them use Bembridge airport in the last few days.

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    Herc just went over northbound near Lyneham

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    We had a Chinook over here yesterday evening (just south of Blackpool. Never seen one here before apart from airshow) Wondering if it was delivering medical equipment.

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    Joint Helicopter Command have established an Aviation Taskforce to support the COVID response, taking people and equipment from A to B etc.

    More than likely a flight under that tasking.

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    Heard a very different sounding helicopter last night.. went over the house just after 11pm. Sound was very deep / thumping compared to normal stuff (air ambulance, police chopper etc) so I hastily grabbed my phone and loaded FlightRadar24 and to my surprise no sign at all... so presumably it was military and either a Chinhook or Osprey but.. sort of surprising for it to be untrackable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicaneuk View Post
    Heard a very different sounding helicopter last night.. went over the house just after 11pm. Sound was very deep / thumping compared to normal stuff (air ambulance, police chopper etc) so I hastily grabbed my phone and loaded FlightRadar24 and to my surprise no sign at all... so presumably it was military and either a Chinhook or Osprey but.. sort of surprising for it to be untrackable!
    Only on flight radar to be fair, it will be visible to Air Traffic Control, which is the main thing.

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    Air traffic over the Uk

    Quote Originally Posted by chicaneuk View Post
    Heard a very different sounding helicopter last night.. went over the house just after 11pm. Sound was very deep / thumping compared to normal stuff (air ambulance, police chopper etc) so I hastily grabbed my phone and loaded FlightRadar24 and to my surprise no sign at all... so presumably it was military and either a Chinhook or Osprey but.. sort of surprising for it to be untrackable!
    This one will show the military stuff about, you can just filter it to show them or like FR24 specific types.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aa388 View Post
    This one will show the military stuff about, you can just filter it to show them or like FR24 specific types.


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    Thanks for that link, it's very useful. Earlier I found several Hawks and an F16 (off the Netherlands) and now I see a police helicopter over London and several military helicopters around Whitchurch.

    Edit Add to that www.ads-b.nl for more information about military aircraft, flights etc.
    Last edited by PickleB; 24th April 2020 at 11:20.

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    The surveillance drone from Southampton uni is up over the Solent area.

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    IGAUS is at it again!


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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    IGAUS is at it again!

    ...image...
    And some RAF Hawks are having fun (training I presume) over the Irish Sea:


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    Quote Originally Posted by aa388 View Post
    This one will show the military stuff about, you can just filter it to show them or like FR24 specific types.


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    Do you know, please, why it doesn't show this drone:

    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    FlightRadar24 is showing G-TEKV over the Dover Strait at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Do you know, please, why it doesn't show this drone:
    G-TEKV is an unmanned air system being flown under a civil permission (as the reg denotes) and the simple reason I think is that it won’t be fitted with ADS-B, as it isn’t required to be.

    I suspect that G-TEKV uses a Mode-S transponder and FlightRadar is using MLAT to track its position (borne out by the occasional erratic track being shown), whereas the website adsbexchange tracks aircraft with ADS-B transponders.

    That probably explains why it isn’t shown on the latters website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks View Post
    G-TEKV is an unmanned air system being flown under a civil permission (as the reg denotes) and the simple reason I think is that it wonít be fitted with ADS-B, as it isnít required to be.

    I suspect that G-TEKV uses a Mode-S transponder and FlightRadar is using MLAT to track its position (borne out by the occasional erratic track being shown), whereas the website adsbexchange tracks aircraft with ADS-B transponders.

    That probably explains why it isnít shown on the latters website.
    Thanks for that. The drone has landed now and so I'll have to wait until the next time it's up to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Do you know, please, why it doesn't show this drone:
    I've seen G-TEKV on ADS-B exchange flying near Lee on Solent. The site depends on volunteers to feed-in and there are blind spots, that might explain it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Thanks for that. The drone has landed now and so I'll have to wait until the next time it's up to check it out.
    I seem to remember last time I clicked on G-TEKV it was broadcasting via Mode-S and was being tracked by MLAT on FR24.

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    Drone G-CLLU ULTRA TDP-001 up over Lee on Solent. Think it might be this link.
    Last edited by jools; 27th April 2020 at 16:54.

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    I was looking at a Typhoon off the coast of Aberdeen and it just disappeared, at 19,000 feet! Stealthy, or what?

    The call sign was Psycho19 or some such thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanm_3 View Post
    I was looking at a Typhoon off the coast of Aberdeen and it just disappeared, at 19,000 feet! Stealthy, or what?

    The call sign was Psycho19 or some such thing
    Psycho12 is showing, but the signal seems to be a bit intermittent.

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    Currently 4 RAF aircraft showing on FR24
    A C17 has just done a touch and go at Liverpool
    A MRT is just about to land after an air to air refuelling session over the North Sea and a C130 is doing circuits
    An A400m over the south coast
    Donít often see that may RAF aircraft showing up
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 27th April 2020 at 18:10.

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    This passed over 3 times today doing touch and goes at Glasgow airport. Ascot481, A400

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanm_3 View Post
    This passed over 3 times today doing touch and goes at Glasgow airport. Ascot481, A400

    ...image...

    Seems as though its Prestwick's turn this evening...ASCOT439.

    I suppose that this is an ideal training opportunity for the RAF to train using different airfields and it will give the local ATC and airport control something to think about.

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    Flypast for Captain Tom

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    I wondered where the BBC helicopter was off to.

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    We live a couple of miles ish from Edinburgh airport, it's been so quiet during lockdown that we now look up when we hear an aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    ...image...

    Flypast for Captain Tom
    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    I wondered where the BBC helicopter was off to.


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    Hawker Hunter over Salisbury. PP-XHH
    Last edited by jools; 1st May 2020 at 10:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Hawker Hunter over Salisbury. PP-XHH
    Being operated by Hawker Hunter Aviation, I believe, and recovered from Brazil.


    Edit She's been around a bit...link.
    Last edited by PickleB; 1st May 2020 at 11:18.

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    And now the view from the cockpit: Captain Tom's RAF flypast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    And now the view from the cockpit: Captain Tom's RAF flypast.
    Thanks for posting, I hadn't seen that.

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    An interesting plane (Hercules) on a long journey: https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a2b423

    It comes up as BLOCKED on FR24.

    Look up Tepper Aviation on Wiki.
    Last edited by PickleB; 2nd May 2020 at 14:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    An interesting plane (Hercules) on a long journey: https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a2b423

    It comes up as BLOCKED on FR24.

    Look up Tepper Aviation on Wiki.
    RAF Hercs show up on plane finder- 2 from Brize went about 800 ft above my house yesterday afternoon but that doesnít show up so assume itís not RAF.
    Itís come some distance already and so assuming itíll need refuelling at some stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    RAF Hercs show up on plane finder- 2 from Brize went about 800 ft above my house yesterday afternoon but that doesn’t show up so assume it’s not RAF.
    It’s come some distance already and so assuming it’ll need refuelling at some stage.
    Shannon Airport maybe?

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    Edit On the ground there, all the way from Zvartnots International Airport, Armenia.
    Last edited by PickleB; 2nd May 2020 at 15:44.

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    Just took this flying overhead as it was so unusual. DHL cincinatti to Bahrain. Why I ask myself.

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    Cincinnati and Bahrain are both DHL hubs.....freight still has to move.

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    Sorted then! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    Cincinnati and Bahrain are both DHL hubs.....freight still has to move.
    And it seems that SOO275 is one of their regular flight that continues to Hong Kong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    An interesting plane (Hercules) on a long journey: https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a2b423

    It comes up as BLOCKED on FR24.

    Look up Tepper Aviation on Wiki.
    Apparently N2731G has a bit of a history...link.

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    As well as the drone mentioned above, 2 aircraft operated by Excel aviation out of Doncaster patrolling the Channel this evening/morning.
    CGD23B, G-SCIR for ~3 hours (landing at Southend) then replaced by CGD22B, G-HMGB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Apparently N2731G has a bit of a history...link.
    I see the flight deck pictures are no longer available

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    An interesting plane (Hercules) on a long journey: https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a2b423

    It comes up as BLOCKED on FR24.

    Look up Tepper Aviation on Wiki.
    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Apparently N2731G has a bit of a history...link.
    And they're off...back to the USA.

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    Been using this for a while now ,shows pretty much all air traffic ,civil ,military ,cargo, emergency ,also get audio coms .
    http://radar.freedar.uk/VirtualRadar/mobile.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jega View Post
    Been using this for a while now ,shows pretty much all air traffic ,civil ,military ,cargo, emergency ,also get audio coms .
    http://radar.freedar.uk/VirtualRadar/mobile.html
    Looks good, but it's not showing me G-MPSA...see https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=400f28


    Edit G-MPSA has landed but G-CPAS (https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=40639d) is up.
    Last edited by PickleB; 3rd May 2020 at 20:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Thanks for that. The drone has landed now and so I'll have to wait until the next time it's up to check it out.
    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    I've seen G-TEKV on ADS-B exchange flying near Lee on Solent. The site depends on volunteers to feed-in and there are blind spots, that might explain it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks View Post
    I seem to remember last time I clicked on G-TEKV it was broadcasting via Mode-S and was being tracked by MLAT on FR24.
    Thanks for the replies. The drone is up today and shows on ADS-B Ex so something may have changed.

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    There's a pair of E-3 Sentry aircraft flying contra-rotating circles over the North Sea at the moment. One UK and the other Luxembourg / NATO (LX-N90452). Maybe it's some form of comparison or cross-calibration exercise?
    Last edited by PickleB; 5th May 2020 at 11:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    There's a pair of E-3 Sentry aircraft flying contra-rotating circles over the North Sea at the moment. One UK and the other Luxembourg / NATO (LX-N90452). Maybe it's some form of comparison or cross-calibration exercise?
    Flying over Doggerbank. The mind boggles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmarchitect View Post
    Flying over Doggerbank. The mind boggles...

    Maybe ASCOT486 (A400 ZM415 https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/?icao=43c5e9) was one of the targets? It flew out of Brize, dropped to low level over the North Sea and is now returning.


    Edit Plus, the NATO E3-A looks to be returning home.
    Last edited by PickleB; 5th May 2020 at 12:04.

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