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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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212 Responses to
Annoying Belconnen Helicopter ?
dvaey 5:22 pm 20 May 12

buzz819 said :

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)

Maybe I know the wrong sort of people, but of the potheads I know, none are really disposed to violence, especially when put in proportion to alcohol or other drugs. Sure, someone smoking weed is breaking drug laws, but someone having rough sex is probably breaking an assault law. Just because a law exists or is being broken, it doesnt mean it needs enforcement. The ironic thing is, the reason they can justify the huge cost of the helo is because they perceive a ‘huge cost’ of the drugs, which is only so inflated due to the risks from the existance of the helo in the first place.

Its a circle, that will never end, but will line the pockets of a lot of power-hungry people, several of whom use the force as a cover to conduct their own drug transactions. When even those enforcing the rules are profiting from it, why would it end?

LSWCHP 4:40 pm 20 May 12

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.

Hey force, that’s fascinating stuff, thanks for pointing it out.

As for the flightpaths, they’re very, very interesting indeed. They would appear to be looking for things at night all over Canberra. Given that helo time costs thousands of dollars per hour, it must be something pretty high profile to justify the expense.

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

buzz819 4:31 pm 20 May 12

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)

dvaey 4:12 pm 20 May 12

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.

p1 said :

I wonder how often the police turn up at a door with a search warrant for the back shed, old to find the man of the house has a heater, couch, TV and beer fridge out there?

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.

Cheap 4:02 pm 20 May 12

johnboy said :

really shouldn’t be too hard to have a sensor listening for the rotor signature and turning off the lights automatically.

First of all that would be quite hard to do and would probably be set off every time your neighbour mows his lawn, and second your garage would still be very hot when the lights were turned off.

HenryBG 3:53 pm 20 May 12

johnboy said :

really shouldn’t be too hard to have a sensor listening for the rotor signature and turning off the lights automatically.

It would take a very *long* time to dissipate enough heat to get the shed temperature (30-degree plus, depending on how much they’ve spent on ventilation) down to something approaching the 0-5 degrees ambient outside at this time of year.

p1 said :

I wonder how often the police turn up at a door with a search warrant for the back shed, old to find the man of the house has a heater, couch, TV and beer fridge out there?

Half a dozen 1000W bulbs on for 20-hours a day creates a massive hot spot.

If I were them, I’d be switching them all to head, with the lights coming on at 4am, meaning the shed might just be cool enough come midnight. And get better insulation and some good ventilation with the exhaust releasing under the house.

And, stop voting for idiots who legislate against harmless behaviour.

p1 2:57 pm 20 May 12

I wonder how often the police turn up at a door with a search warrant for the back shed, old to find the man of the house has a heater, couch, TV and beer fridge out there?

theforce 2:50 pm 20 May 12

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.

Holden Caulfield 2:37 pm 20 May 12

Yep, have also been hearing a chopper flying over head (inner north) at late-ish times during the night for the last couple of weeks it seems.

So far I’ve found it only to be a minor inconvenience.

Northsidechick 1:14 pm 20 May 12

I live Gungahlin way and I have also heard this helicopter..it was about a month ago, round midnight and went for ages. It got me up and online, but I couldn’t find anything to explain. I’m interested to find out who’s up there and for what reason as well.

johnboy 1:03 pm 20 May 12

really shouldn’t be too hard to have a sensor listening for the rotor signature and turning off the lights automatically.

HenryBG 12:45 pm 20 May 12

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?

gp 12:44 pm 20 May 12

Instant Mash said :

From what I’ve been hearing, they’re for sussing out large-scale drug growing.

🙂 See, I logged in to see why they had been flying over Kambah at about 11:30pm for far too long last night…. Now it all fits.

Instant Mash 11:50 am 20 May 12

From what I’ve been hearing, they’re for sussing out large-scale drug growing.

buzz819 11:43 am 20 May 12

Where did the post from Dot3 come from?

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