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Annoying Belconnen Helicopter ?

By kaitaz - 20 May 2012 212

Does anybody know why there has been a helecopter circling the Belconnen/Northside area for the past few hours?

It is about 1:30 am and the noise has left me awake pondering if there is a legitimate or even necessary reason for its flight path. This has been a regular occurrence for the past 4 or so nights.

It does not sound like a military chopper (although I may be mistaken), and I an pretty sure it is not the SouthCare chopper either.


ED – Dot3 also sent in this post:

So what is it for????

….. it’s callsign is FEDPOL 21


UPDATE 21/05/12 10:50: eq2 has sent in this info:

flight paths

The circles around Belconnen were flown at around 1am.
Flight altitude was sustained at 4700ft for both flights.
Flights like these have not occurred on previous Saturdays.

data source: http://webtrak.bksv.com/cbr

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Annoying Belconnen Helicopter ?
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Duffbowl 5:32 pm
20 May 12
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dvaey said :

I wonder how often an IXL Tastic shows up on their scan? Tastics have over 1000W of heat globes (some upto 1500W), and are often used in enclosed rooms such as bathrooms and toilets. Looking at the flightpaths though, it seems like theyre focusing on a couple of sites in particular.

My guess, and it is only a guess, is that if they are targetting growers of larger crops, it will be more than 1-2KW of heat globes being used in a space somewhat larger than your average ensuite or bathroom.

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HenryBG 6:24 pm
20 May 12
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buzz819 said :

HenryBG said :

If you have a few 1000W bulbs on in your shed then your shed will be glowing very bright in the infrared spectrum. Easy to spot at night.

Good to know all the crime in Canberra has been solved and the cops now have time to devote to busting cannabis growers.

Imagine how much money would be saved – and revenue raised – if those growers were licensed, not subjected to police persecution, and paying taxes just like any other grower?

How dare the Police target the people breaking the law… I mean I wonder what the causal link between drug dealing and street violence is? (Sarcasm by the way)

Precisely my point – if there were no law against this harmless behaviour, then a whole bunch of people who are currently criminalised because they prefer cannabis to alcohol or caffeine wouldn’t be breaking any laws, ergo, there would be a lot less crime if cannabis were legalised.

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SHAG 7:13 pm
20 May 12
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buzz819 said :

HenryBG said :

If you have a few 1000W bulbs on in your shed then your shed will be glowing very bright in the infrared spectrum. Easy to spot at night.

Good to know all the crime in Canberra has been solved and the cops now have time to devote to busting cannabis growers.

Imagine how much money would be saved – and revenue raised – if those growers were licensed, not subjected to police persecution, and paying taxes just like any other grower?

How dare the Police target the people breaking the law… I mean I wonder what the causal link between drug dealing and street violence is? (Sarcasm by the way)

Probably less than the causal link between speakeasys and street violence during prohibition.

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HenryBG 7:22 pm
20 May 12
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dvaey said :

I wonder how often an IXL Tastic shows up on their scan? Tastics have over 1000W of heat globes (some upto 1500W), and are often used in enclosed rooms such as bathrooms and toilets. Looking at the flightpaths though, it seems like theyre focusing on a couple of sites in particular.

That would be the equivalent of one bulb, perhaps two, enough to grow no more than about 6-8 plants. The cops probably have bigger fish to fry than that anyway.

In any case, a tastic on for an hour while somebody uses the bathroom is not the same as the equivalent in wattage being used to energise a hydro system. For starters, the grow lights are on for around 19-20 hours per day for 2-3 months and then roughly 14 hours for another 4-6 weeks.
All this heat is taken up by the plants, by the substrate, and most importantly by the water reservoir, and a couple of hundred litres of water at 25+ degrees contains an enormous amount of heat (think 50 boiling kettles) because water has such an excellent specific heat.
That’s why the smarter guys would have no more than a single box, in a house, with an exhaust sucking air straight down under the house. Not a recipe for making money, but enough to give them the feeling of satisfaction that they’re beating The Man.

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mtb_rider 7:34 pm
20 May 12
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WebTrak is another online aircraft tracking system worth having a look at.
http://webtrak.bksv.com/cbr
Might be a bit tricky to navigate at first, but work through the info tabs and it’ll give you a good start.
The site is managed by Air Services Australia and will allow you to provide a complaint about an aircraft. Also allows a flight history search at the bottom left of the screen.
Interestingly, it also displays loudness of aircraft flying over Jerrabomberra.

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Sandman 8:06 pm
20 May 12
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Hmmm. HenryBG knows a lot of specific numbers and detail about this topic. Could explain a few things.

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xperfect_darkx 8:20 pm
20 May 12
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I heard it last night in Chapman, heard it come over a few times, first time I thought it was just SouthCare or something, but then I heard it a few more times and got curious. This clears it all up a bit.

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PoQ 8:33 pm
20 May 12
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LSWCHP said :

It just flew over my house as I was typing!! How cool is that?

[tinfoil hat on]

Riot Act posters are a known bunch of degenerates. What were you doing online?

[tinfoil hat off

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dundle 8:40 pm
20 May 12
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theforce said :

Excuse me as a put my anorak on.

If you go to http://www.flightaware.com, and search for either FEDPOL21 or FDPOL21 in the Flight/Tail# field on the left, you can see its flightpath over the last few weeks. Some interesting flight paths over large swathes of Canberra.

Wow! FDPOL21 did some really loopy paths, that’s bizarre.

I heard it too and it was extremely irritating because it wasn’t just transient, the noise kept going! I also wondered what it was. Are they really looking for drugs????

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goggles13 9:03 pm
20 May 12
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talk about a first world problem….

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stonedwookie 9:09 pm
20 May 12
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wanna know the truth?
they were looking for johnboy, Aliens, and reptoid tunnel entraces

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buzz819 9:11 pm
20 May 12
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HenryBG said :

buzz819 said :

HenryBG said :

If you have a few 1000W bulbs on in your shed then your shed will be glowing very bright in the infrared spectrum. Easy to spot at night.

Good to know all the crime in Canberra has been solved and the cops now have time to devote to busting cannabis growers.

Imagine how much money would be saved – and revenue raised – if those growers were licensed, not subjected to police persecution, and paying taxes just like any other grower?

How dare the Police target the people breaking the law… I mean I wonder what the causal link between drug dealing and street violence is? (Sarcasm by the way)

Precisely my point – if there were no law against this harmless behaviour, then a whole bunch of people who are currently criminalised because they prefer cannabis to alcohol or caffeine wouldn’t be breaking any laws, ergo, there would be a lot less crime if cannabis were legalised.

At this moment in time, it is against the law, Police around to enforce the law, the government decides the law. So at the moment, the Police are trying to stop all the antisocial behaviour which is related to drug offences, which includes, street violence, burglary, prostitution and robberies, until the time comes that the government changes the law, there is nothing the Police can do but target the growers, dealers and users. Sounds reasonable to me.

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Deckard 9:11 pm
20 May 12
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How hard would it be to pick out the heat signature of some strong light bulbs from all the heated houses out there in a very cold Canberra night?

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HenryBG 10:05 pm
20 May 12
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buzz819 said :

So at the moment, the Police are trying to stop all the antisocial behaviour which is related to drug offences, which includes, street violence, burglary, prostitution and robberies, ……

Yes, and I’m paying for them to do all this work enforcing laws which create all that work by

a) unnecessarily criminalising large segments of society
b) creating a black economy which directly assists organised crime to flourish

And I reserve the right to call out laws which do not work, have never worked, cause far more problems than the problems they abjectly fail to solve, cost me money, and, worst of all, have absolutely zero evidence-base to support their imposition or continuation.

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SHAG 10:26 pm
20 May 12
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buzz819 said :

HenryBG said :

buzz819 said :

HenryBG said :

If you have a few 1000W bulbs on in your shed then your shed will be glowing very bright in the infrared spectrum. Easy to spot at night.

Good to know all the crime in Canberra has been solved and the cops now have time to devote to busting cannabis growers.

Imagine how much money would be saved – and revenue raised – if those growers were licensed, not subjected to police persecution, and paying taxes just like any other grower?

How dare the Police target the people breaking the law… I mean I wonder what the causal link between drug dealing and street violence is? (Sarcasm by the way)

Precisely my point – if there were no law against this harmless behaviour, then a whole bunch of people who are currently criminalised because they prefer cannabis to alcohol or caffeine wouldn’t be breaking any laws, ergo, there would be a lot less crime if cannabis were legalised.

At this moment in time, it is against the law, Police around to enforce the law, the government decides the law. So at the moment, the Police are trying to stop all the antisocial behaviour which is related to drug offences, which includes, street violence, burglary, prostitution and robberies, until the time comes that the government changes the law, there is nothing the Police can do but target the growers, dealers and users. Sounds reasonable to me.

So you also agreed with Tasmanian police enforcing anti sodomy laws pre 1997, and Alabama police enforcing laws prohibiting interacial marriage (when that was illegal)?

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