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originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: punkinworks10
I helped my brother move a few weeks ago, a single prop plane was doing circles at about 3000-6000 feet for about 6 hours. It would take about 20 minutes at a guess to finish a circle.
Never deviated or anything, I did think possible training or something but what exactly are you learning flying around in circles for hours on end.
Thought maybe the pilot was having a nap or something, your post reminded me of it.
Reports last year revealed that U.S. law enforcement agencies might have special aircraft at their disposal that masquerade as cell phone towers and collect data from the unsuspecting citizens as it flies. New information on the matter reveals that the FBI is indeed behind the planes, and it uses more than a dozen fake companies to conceal its air support missions, which include these “Stingray” cell phone-spying equipment.
The Associated Press identified more than 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period since April, tracing at least 50 aircraft to the FBI in flights over parts of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Seattle and Southern California. Furthermore, it looks like at least 115 planes, including 90 Cessnas, were mentioned in federal budget documentation dating back to 2009.
These planes apparently fly in counter-clockwise patterns spanning several miles, and they stay roughly one mile above ground. The spy planes can be used to track suspects from the sky, while ground teams can keep a lower profile and avoid detection.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies will be able to search multiple computers across the country with a single warrant thanks to a controversial rule change that takes effect on Thursday.
The expanded search power, known as “Rule 41,” is intended to make it easier for the FBI to carry out complex computer investigations. Until now, the government could only carry out a search of computers located in the district where the federal judge granted the warrant—typically only a few counties in a given state.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: RAY1990
I've seen U-2s and RF-4Cs used to look for growing areas. A small plane seems nice compared to the F-4s. Heh.