posted on Feb, 20 2012 @ 10:40 PM
reply to post by Kali74
Roger that. I wish it were close to bedtime here, too.
I took a look at the longest hangtime any one of those lights were in the sky. At 10:02 in the video that main central light hangs the longest for
about 4.25 minutes. As it does so it slowly descends to the horizon and disappears. During this time two other lights come on scene. The second one
begins accelerating to the right, and as it does so it gets dimmer and begins to blink (red methinks, as an indicator light on the wingtip).
Now, consider that light with the longest hangtime, (4.25 minutes) and then consider the airspeed of an airplane (Cessna would be my guess) on landing
approach which is around 65 to 80 knots depending on conditions, (about 75 to 92mph). Taking an average of 83.5mph it travelled 83.5mph /60min x 4.25
min = 5.9 miles... Well within flight range and characteristics of a landing cessna. Makes sense, too... Here's why.
Google earth Oroville CA and look up the municipal airport. Notice it's location? Just south of Oroville. Notice that the lights they were
recording were just about to the south, judging by the setting sun? Most likely they are Cessnas practicing their landing... Less traffic at night
and a good time to practice touch and goes. Most municipal airports have pilot schools, and I'd imagine Oroville would be no different.
on 20-2-2012 by Flux8 because: (no reason given)