Mystery Chopper

paperboy 3 April 2006 22

Can anyone shed some light on the helicopter that’s been in Canberra’s skies for the last few days.

It appears to be mostly white in colour, so it probably isn’t a defence chopper, and has been seen since late last week, generally in the North Canberra area.

Tonight, it was doing some ‘after dark’ work around Dickson.

After all the Canberra Times aerial shots in Sunday’s paper I thought the mystery had been sold, but it’s still buzzing around!!!!

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22 Responses to Mystery Chopper
Maelinar Maelinar 10:12 am 06 Apr 06

geoffco, what did the funny looking antenna look like ?

theboo theboo 9:56 am 06 Apr 06

Yes couldn’t help but notice the chopper. I assumed it was to do with traffic monitoring or aerial photography. The traffic thing makes sense as roadwork on Commonwealth Ave bridge had just started. I doubt it was related to Chinese Premier’s visit.
Also, the 21 gun salute at Parly House was a welcome for the Dutch Prime Minister, who had arrived that morning.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 10:23 am 05 Apr 06

Yup they drop the chicken from the chopper to determine the weather… it all depends on the pitch of the chook noises and the rate at which it falls

Thumper Thumper 9:10 am 05 Apr 06

Cows with guns?

Kerces Kerces 6:28 pm 04 Apr 06

Chickens in choppers, AD?

Big Al Big Al 6:16 pm 04 Apr 06

It’s on account of the Chinese guy. I have that on good authority – can’t say more without risking a 14 day ‘absence’ at Her Majesty’s leisure.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 5:36 pm 04 Apr 06

They use a weather chicken???

Thumper Thumper 5:06 pm 04 Apr 06

I believe Radio AM SGS use a fixed wing aircraft.

So, put the tin foil hats back on, the mystery is yet to be solved.

Sssanta Sssanta 4:58 pm 04 Apr 06

Ahh 2CC, about as helpful as Stevie Wonder in a landmine field

Ralph Ralph 4:10 pm 04 Apr 06

I suspect 2CC’s ‘traffic helicopter’ is just a bit of background noise which sounds like a helicopter, and some tweaking to make the bloke’s voice sound like its coming through a cockpit headset.

If they’ve got a chopper buzzing around Canberra, why the fark do they ask people to call in if they come across something on the roads?????

bonfire bonfire 3:25 pm 04 Apr 06

the chopper was looking for people who had broken their pledge not to drop cigarette filters on the ground.

a team of shock troops would be despatched for reeducation and contact counselling if one was observed.

annie annie 2:48 pm 04 Apr 06

Shauno, it’s not about necessity; it’s about being seen, having a local presence.

Hiring a helicopter for this reason is much cheaper than employing more journalists to actually cover the territory. (They have 1 per shift, ie:2, right now).

So it’s not a waste of money. 2CC would have to spend it in the first place anyhow to qualify for that category.

shauno shauno 2:34 pm 04 Apr 06

Speaking of 2cc traffic reports. What a total waste of money having a plane flying around Canberra for traffic reports. The traffic in Canberra is so predictable and only on a few main roads that it’s totally unnecessary.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 12:28 pm 04 Apr 06

the chopper was investigating crop circle sitings near lake george…

wonsworld wonsworld 11:57 am 04 Apr 06

Maybe the 21 gun salute was for Pro Hart?

Firing paint at the NGA hehehe

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 11:50 am 04 Apr 06

Someone will know – and it may be related to the chopper flying around – who was the (21?) gun salute for at 10:30 this morning?

Ralph Ralph 11:24 am 04 Apr 06

2CC’s ‘traffic helicopter’.

Ari Ari 10:03 am 04 Apr 06

I, too, was suprised by the unexpected Hudson on Friday.

I reckon it’s great to live in a town where such rare planes are a common sight.

Thumper Thumper 8:57 am 04 Apr 06

Better still, I went and had a beer at the NGA on Friday afternoon and was surprised to see a WWII RAAF Hudson bomber thundering overhead, not once, but twice.

It appeared to be doing fly pasts down ANZAC Parade so I can only think that ANZAC Day preparations are already underway.

As for the chopper, yes, I saw it flying around over civic this morning at about 0730.

Time to put on the tin foil hats all of you out there that are that way inclined.

b2 b2 9:58 pm 03 Apr 06

i saw that unmarked police car in civic too, but it was parked at the loading zone near the afp headquarters.

and in terms of the ones last week, there was a silver one early in the week (possibly to do with blair) and then a smaller white one (probably the canberra times) later on.

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