Domestic surveillance and police riots

San Diego has so far escaped the worst of the 2020 police riots, but I’ve still been keeping an eye out. My primary tool for doing so is ADS-B aircraft broadcasts and the OpenADSB iOS app. Here are some sample traces, showing the police helicopters over the city: It’s notable that the helicopter probably has […]

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Random ADS-B today

You see odd things on ADS-B sometimes when you view traces. Googled and it was an acrobatic plane. Guess they were doing a routine?

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One wonders

Sometime you see an aircraft flying oddly and wonder. Allow me to recommend an ADS-B app, this is the iOS app OpenADSB: This one was tracking CA-56. I wonder why? Anyway, an ADS-B app shows all sorts of interesting stuff. Some time ago it showed FLIR surveilling San Diego: Anyway, go grab yourself an app, […]

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Urban surveillance in San Diego

I am beta-testing an iOS app that shows ADS-B flight data, and yesterday this showed up: That is not normal. I did a search for ‘N812FS’ and found this: The story explains that this plane, a turboprop Pilatus PC12, is owned and flown by FLIR Systems and …air mission profiles fall into 4 different areas: […]

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