posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 02:17 AM
Hey guys, longtime lurker first time poster, this thread got my attention on the day of the OP but im only just getting around to signing up to ATS
now. Last friday night I believe it was? I too also ducked outside for a smoke to notice a formation of 3 stars overhead Brisbane CBD which I noticed
was strange, as there is usually a constellation (Saucepan?) in that area of sky but due to light pollution I assumed I was only seeing the three
brightest stars. After my smoke i took up my usually past time of surfing ATS where I saw this thread. Bingo! Someone saw something as well! Although
in my opinion, im certain i saw "just stars" as ive noticed them every night lately, they dont move but are a nice little triangle shaped
constellation. I literally went outside mere mins after Aaron's OP to see if i could see what was described, nothing on my end but I can throw a few
theories out there anyway. Im not sure if you were aware of the "Goodyear Blimp" at the Ekka? If im correct the Ekka ended on Thursday and the Blimp
couldve been transitting to Archerfield?
Helicopters - GED is right we have a shedload of choppers in or around Brisbane, 3 Media birds that used to go everywhere together until the news
corporations figured it was pretty expensive to send 3 helicopters for footage that was eventually shared anyway. We have Australian Aerospace at
Brissy airport, they are manufacturing the new MRH90 Blackhawk replacements, which are usually flown onto Oakey sometimes via a River run up the
Brisbane River. Pretty cool to see!
The School of Army Aviation does alot of night flying with no external lights all over the Darling Downs, one
would assume that training also needs to be done in 'built up areas'.
And then there is the 10-20 odd Rescue Helicopter movements each day/night out of RBH and PAH.
Its interesting just how may noise complaints have been made over the years directed solely at EMQ for their late night flights, its my understanding
there has been alot of modifications to their fleet over the years to reduce noise. Not very effective as I can hear one on the pad of the RBH now.
And now the topic of the Brisbane Airport flightpaths. In no way are these paths set in stone! West of the Storey Bridge below 1500feet is OUTSIDE
controlled Airspace. So in theory you can operate over the CBD not above 1500' without clearance. The times specified for your sighting fit with
training slots for Student Pilot Training, usually twin engines coming out of Archerfield to practise ILS etc at YBBN, after conducting touch & goes
or go-arounds at Brissy they will then take a direct path to YBAF, most of this training is conducted after midnight. Also if a Pilot requests track
shortening and there is little traffic ahead the controller will grant the shortest path to their destination. Ive seen some amazing work by
controllers to squeeze aircraft into paths which arent standard due to traffic or weather etc. If anyone wants I can provide regos, callsigns etc of
any aircraft operating over Brisbane in real time. Unfortunately those pesky UFOs dont squawk a transponder code!
Thanks for letting me share my first post here on ur thread!