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Title: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Occam on September 07, 2016, 13:13:42
I don't want to (ab)use my DWAN access to operational sources who might be able to answer this question, so I'd appreciate some insight as to who I could ask "as a member of the public".

Last night, a Herc (or I strongly suspect a Herc) made repeated, low level (2000' by my untrained eye) passes over our little town in eastern Ontario.  More than a few residents took to our community Facebook page asking what was going on, and some seemed to be quite freaked out over it.  I assured them it was likely just pilot training, and that I was pretty sure it was a Herc (four engines, sounded like the Herc I've heard many times).  On his lowest pass, he had what I presume were landing lights (bright lights on the wings) illuminated.  We're about 50 km from Ottawa airport, and it didn't appear to be on an approach (we do see commercial aircraft on approach to YOW frequently, but they're at a much higher altitude at that point).

Who could I ask a) if it was indeed a Herc and b) what they were up to?
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: acen on September 07, 2016, 13:21:33
Resident of Limoges as well? I assumed it was the annual aerial pot sweep through the Larose forest, but I could definitely be wrong. I'm just on the edge of the forest and it has been a hive of aerial activity lately.
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Occam on September 07, 2016, 13:33:11
Yup, flew right over Limoges a bunch of times.  The pot sweep aircraft are usually helicopters, or smaller single engine planes.
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Loachman on September 07, 2016, 13:48:34
I've never heard of counter-marijuana being done by any seized-wing aircraft. They move too quickly, cannot fly low enough, are not manoeuvrable enough, do not give good visibility to spotters, and, in the case of Hercs, are too expensive.

Were there any local festivals or other special events around? I'd guess not, or the flyby would have been publicised.

My next guess would be SAR training.
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Occam on September 07, 2016, 14:03:20
No events that I'm aware of.  It was late - 2130-ish, well after dark.
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Guy Incognito on September 07, 2016, 18:04:39
Another possibility is a SAR flight.
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: recceguy on September 07, 2016, 18:54:05
I've never heard of counter-marijuana being done by any seized-wing aircraft. They move too quickly, cannot fly low enough, are not manoeuvrable enough, do not give good visibility to spotters, and, in the case of Hercs, are too expensive.

Were there any local festivals or other special events around? I'd guess not, or the flyby would have been publicised.

My next guess would be SAR training.

The Trackers of VU-33 used to do it. Just sayin'.  8)
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Loachman on September 07, 2016, 19:17:43
Over land?
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: recceguy on September 07, 2016, 19:36:52
Over land?

West coast and over the islands. Late '70's.

I've never heard of seaborne grow ops.  [;)
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Dimsum on September 07, 2016, 19:45:44
As with Loachman and Guy, I'd guess it was 424 Sqn on a SAR training flight. 
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on September 07, 2016, 19:46:50
West coast and over the islands. Late '70's.

I've never heard of seaborne grow ops.  [;)

You just had to give those guys a new idea they hadn't tried yet.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Good2Golf on September 07, 2016, 21:42:18
I don't want to (ab)use my DWAN access to operational sources who might be able to answer this question, so I'd appreciate some insight as to who I could ask "as a member of the public".

Last night, a Herc (or I strongly suspect a Herc) made repeated, low level (2000' by my untrained eye) passes over our little town in eastern Ontario.  More than a few residents took to our community Facebook page asking what was going on, and some seemed to be quite freaked out over it.  I assured them it was likely just pilot training, and that I was pretty sure it was a Herc (four engines, sounded like the Herc I've heard many times).  On his lowest pass, he had what I presume were landing lights (bright lights on the wings) illuminated.  We're about 50 km from Ottawa airport, and it didn't appear to be on an approach (we do see commercial aircraft on approach to YOW frequently, but they're at a much higher altitude at that point).

Who could I ask a) if it was indeed a Herc and b) what they were up to?

Fortunately the google still works...

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Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Retired AF Guy on September 07, 2016, 21:43:14
As with Loachman and Guy, I'd guess it was 424 Sqn on a SAR training flight.

Could call the PAO in Trenton and see what he/she says.
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: expwor on September 07, 2016, 22:15:04
Local radio station (I live in Brighton) reported that the Rescue squadron is conducting illumination flare training. Supposed to be more training tonight.

Tom
Title: Re: Herc overflights - info source?
Post by: Occam on September 08, 2016, 00:03:22
I'll check with the PAO tomorrow.  Thanks!