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Full size plane doing circles above me?

Old 10-30-2011, 11:03 AM
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What is this guy doing?

Every Sunday this plane comes out over the woods beside me and banks about 60 degrees and flies about 6-10 laps over a small circle (maybe 20-50 acres) Very low altitude.

It's happened about 4 times so far and seems it is the same time every Sunday. It's a loud , (sounds powerful) large low RPM piston engine. The plane looks pretty short with a short wingspan and is white.

Today He did it twice in 2 different spots then left the same direction as always. At one time He was nearly banked 90 degrees. I tried to get some pics quickly. Next Sunday I will get video.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:12 AM
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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

Hey, maybe you were flying his plane, try changing frequencies.....

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Old 10-30-2011, 11:16 AM
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Maybe looking for RC terrorists. It always happens right after I fly about 3-4 planes.
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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

Maybe he's looking for his wife.
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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

The plane looks like it could be an RV4-8 ?
Old 11-16-2011, 12:42 PM
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The plane looks like it could be an RV4-8 ?
I thought the same thing.
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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

Could be practicing turns on/around a point. Is there a prominent landmark or intersection he may be circling? Could be just practicing turns. He should be above 1,000 feet unless the area is unpopulated, then can drop to 500' above the ground.

That, or someone's watching you....  [X(]
Old 11-28-2011, 04:38 AM
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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

Same thing here with a different plane on Saturday. I'm guessing they are well below 500 ft. I have no way to judge altitude though. I could be way off. Yea, they are watching me. [X(]

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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

Its the CIA, make sure you have your tinfoil hat on!

Seriously, if they start doing that land and wait till they are on their way. I doubt they are way below 500 feet but I'm not there so no way to say for sure. But if anything happens it's pretty much automatically your fault as you have an obligation to see and avoid manned aircraft so just land and be on the safe side.
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Default RE: Full size plane doing circles above me?

Hard to tell from a pic, but it looks to me like they are above 500'. A .40 sized plane starts getting pretty small at 500'.We have local private planes and helicopter pilots who circle our field occasionally just to see what's happening. Oneguy has an RV-6 and a private grass stripa mile or so from our field.He comes over pretty low at times, but he always skirts the edge of ourflight area and alwayswell aboveany of our flying models. If he's a pilot with any sense at all, he's not going to risk hitting a model with his plane.
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Its the CIA, make sure you have your tinfoil hat on!

Seriously, if they start doing that land and wait till they are on their way. I doubt they are way below 500 feet but I'm not there so no way to say for sure. But if anything happens it's pretty much automatically your fault as you have an obligation to see and avoid manned aircraft so just land and be on the safe side.

That's probably how they caught me (the hat)

Seriously, I do routinely have to get out of the way for the goodyear blimp and some biplane seeding wheat. They both fly quite low it seems.
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Hes trying to find lost rc planes. Many rc planes get lost and no one finds them. Just a guess.

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