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So what's going on here?
« on: April 11, 2020, 11:24:15 am »
This has been overflying my house for the last couple of hours.



A bit of investigative reveals that Bioflight are in the business of 'Aerial data Acquisition' - for which I read 'surveys'.
Anyone care to guess what they're surveying here?

Or are they simply taking advantage of the fact that there's close to zero air traffic currently over London.

ETA - I've guesstimated that so far, excluding the flight down from East Midlands Airport,
his air miles are approaching 500 - which is close to half of the aircraft's range capability.

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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2020, 11:36:28 am »
I noticed several of these yesterday, 2 over London (1 E-W and 1 N-S), one over Bournmouth-ish, and 1 over SW France.

I wonder if they are no more common now than previously, just more noticeable because little else is flying.
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So what's going on here?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2020, 11:36:40 am »
Expect a leaflet through your door soon offering EXCLUSIVE! aerial photographs of your house? Yours for £29.99, or £89.99 in this beautiful gilt frame.

Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2020, 11:40:35 am »
Is it more likely just updating “satellite” images for google maps or one of their competitors.


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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2020, 11:42:17 am »
Online mapping "satellite" views are generally taken from low-flying planes like this rather than anything in orbit.

Apple (and probably others) also have 3D aerial maps where you can view buildings from any side, which must require a *lot* of close spaced passes.

Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 11:46:17 am »
Some discussion here. https://www.pprune.org/airlines-airports-routes/630905-whats-guy-up-morning-north-london-2.html


Probably seeing which areas will need to be demolished for the planned Hyperspace Bypass.          What do you mean you haven't seen the plans.......... ?
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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2020, 11:54:43 am »
Having completed the best part of a CDC, it looks like he's going home for lunch  ;D

Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 12:21:09 pm »
No sooner has he gone, and someone else starts doing something similar over West London.


Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2020, 12:32:17 pm »
The reduced traffic pollution might be a reason to do the photography now, although the haziness seen when the pollution is bad is viewed horizontally through miles of air, while the aircraft is photographing downwards at a shorter distance.

Fewer cars on the roads may be an advantage as the views won't capture traffic jams and show them as permanent.
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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2020, 12:45:47 pm »
Now we have a helicopter hovering overhead.
But that's because police and South London.

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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2020, 01:58:29 pm »
Something similar near Nantes currently. Wider spaced but higher.

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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2020, 02:19:26 pm »
Is it more likely just updating “satellite” images for google maps or one of their competitors.
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Those were my thoughts too.

Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2020, 09:24:22 pm »
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/bizarre-flight-path-over-liverpool-18091749


They're everywhere.   Plotting where to install the 5G towers for maximum destructive effect...
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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2020, 10:34:01 pm »
And this pair earlier today over the North Sea.


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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2020, 11:06:20 pm »
Can't find that now FA20x appears to be Safari flights between the Cape and jo'burg

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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2020, 11:46:32 pm »
I’ve flown in a loop off Aberdeen for about four hours...
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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2020, 12:38:51 am »
And this pair earlier today over the North Sea.


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Possibly they are the Chobbam Aviation guys - the play with the RAF often to provide targets and training opportunities...

https://www.cobham.com/aviation-services-uk/special-mission/operational-readiness-training/
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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2020, 03:28:21 pm »
Busy over LHR a couple of hours ago


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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2020, 03:34:49 pm »


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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2020, 10:10:51 am »
Having completed the best part of a CDC, it looks like he's going home for lunch  ;D


My guess would be either aerial photography or LIDAR survey. Given the flight path in the OP I suspect LIDAR of the Lower Thames potentially as part of the Thames 2100 strategy from the EA flood management team.

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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2020, 11:02:31 am »
This morning: Lancashire.


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Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2020, 03:22:29 pm »
Loads of gliders over Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia just now.

Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2020, 04:44:41 pm »
One pilot out of my local airfield has got in trouble. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-52444813 He was only supposed to go 10 NM from the airfield for an engine maintenance flight.

Re: So what's going on here?
« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2020, 06:06:58 pm »
One pilot out of my local airfield has got in trouble. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-52444813 He was only supposed to go 10 NM from the airfield for an engine maintenance flight.
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