Posted by Author H. Michael Sweeney
Targeted Individuals and ‘persons of interest’ tend to get nervous when they seem to be dogged by low flying planes or choppers. There is a way to determine if it is coincidence and harmless, or not, and who might be responsible, if actual targeting.
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Many TIs find that (often the same) airplane(s) seem to be constantly in the skies overhead as they travel (surveillance, tracking), or overflying their location at extremely low altitudes (harassment). It has happened to me at times, at the heights of my being a ‘person of interest’ to rogue operatives of various Federal Agencies. For me, it included a ‘spat’ with FBI, FAA, and NTSB in the Flight 800 shoot-down investigation, as I was revealing very condemning proofs of a fraudulent cover up. There was also a time when I went head-to-head with a terror cell planning to suicide-crash small private aircraft into a gas stations while refueling from tanker trucks (called Gas Station Tasking by President Bush). They were making daily practice overflights and diving briefly at altitudes so low that you could make out the rivets. And, two of FBI’s top-10 Most Wanted were involved on the ground, face-to-face. The tools I’m reviewing, here, were not available in those days, and its availability is good news to those unaware of it.
The tool I’m speaking of is even available on your smart phone or other web/wifi/cell device, and affords International coverage. Just type in ‘flightradar24.com’, which tracks more than 180,000 aircraft in the air at any given point in time… any planes which can be seen by the global aviation radar network, transponder/radio-tracking stations, and satellites. Their coverage is increasing over time, as well, with excellent coverage in Europe, North America, and SE Asia, Australia/NZ, and major air corridors/destinations. It is a very robust site in terms of features useful to anyone wanting to track a given aircraft (i.e., a commercial flight a loved one is aboard), or anyone involved in aviation. At this time, it does not track military aircraft, likely for good reason (see Tactical Advice for alternatives).
I learned about this site by watching live streaming content on Twitch by a contact who IS targeted by government agencies, and while he was talking, he noted a low flying aircraft buzzing his house (not rare, sez he). Live, while he is already in screen capture mode so I’m seeing his computer screen, within seconds, he was able to identify the aircraft, complete with a picture of it, and owner/operator information. There is more that he could have done, but he laughed it off (the right way to deal with any harassment) and went on with his presentation.
When you first arrive at the site, you are presented with a Map, likely focused on Europe or some part of the globe other than your location. The first time you visit, you might want to click on Create Account, which involves either providing your email addy, or a click on one of the social media giants with whom you may have an account. Then select the ‘BASIC’ plan, which is FREE (or one of the paid plans). Basic will do what you want, by and large, and to a useful level. If you don’t want to set up an account, you do not have to, but if you do, it will remember your location so you don’t have to struggle with getting the map to display your area. That will better insure you spot your plane before it gets too far away on the map, to be certain.
The first time, you will have to do that, anyway, but once you have relocated to your greater area and zoomed in (not too close, because at aircraft speeds, the plane you are looking for might be rather distant in a hurry), the site will remember that location and speed you on your way to an answer, if you set up a plan. Unless you are near a major flight corridor, a broader view will not be cluttered with too many planes, and especially if you know the direction of flight, you will have no trouble finding the suspected culprit. And, if there IS more than one plane, clicking on each should allow you to compare the image with what you saw, if you did get a glimpse of it, or heard it well enough to discern engine differences: jet roar, very high-pitched and loud turboprop, or buzzing loud propeller. If like me, you may even to tell if one or multiple engines, and of course, helicopters and their noises vary by size and type, as well: choppity-chop (small), whumpity-whump (large).
If you mouse over a plane’s icon, it will show you the tail number right there. If you click on it, it will pull up aircraft details as may be available. If it is a commercial aircraft of any sort (flight school, rental, commuter, airline), or an aircraft for which the owner has supplied a picture, the actual airplane should be shown. If not, a manufacturer’s photo or other image of it may appear (likely a different paint scheme/tail number — or no tail number if a marketing image), or perhaps no image. But you will always have the tail number, which is the most useful information if keeping a record (DO MAINTAIN SUCH A LOG) or wanting to escalate the matter officially toward possible actions against the operators (I would not do that unless the same plane was buzzing you repeatedly in a single flight or the like).
Note: if a plane has blocked out it’s tail number, is flying below radar, and has its transponder turned off or has none, it won’t be on the Map; you won’t have a tail number. In such a case, go to the Tactical Advice section, below, and treat it as if a military aircraft, except that instead of complaining to the military, go to the FAA in like manner. Try to get other eye witnesses, pictures, or videos, if you can, should you be doubted.
Once selected, with a small delay, the flight path of the aircraft will show up as a yellow-green line, which will tell you its point of origin… sometimes helpful in getting information about the owners, esp. if other methods fail (Note: in the example image, YKM is the Airport indicator: Yakima; another way to know point of origin, and to the right of that, you find the destination airport). A harassing/following aircraft will likely originate from a nearby airport, so if you see it originated from or destined for a location several hundreds of miles away, it is likely a coincidental matter involving no targeting.
If your Log shows a common origin for one or more planes, but you are unable to determine the owner, that runway facility is the targeteer’s base of operations, and a drive out to the site (if practical) may allow you to find where it is parked and associate it with a business or other entity — perhaps with photo in hand, asking around for info. You can also elect to follow it until it arrives at destination, which if actually an overflight as part of your targeting, will likely be the point of origin. If not, it was likely mere coincidence, even if multiple sightings or patterns are revealed in your Log. After all, businesses and even private pilots have patterns in their work, too. This is especially true of flight-school aircraft, as exampled in the image, doing touch-and-go landing practice, Ironically, right over where I once lived, in Yakima, Wa.
The Basic plan limits you pretty much to the above. But if you elect the Silver Plan ($10 a year), there are more features, including removal of the annoying pop up ads which block part of the view and often can’t seem to be removed when you click the x box. A couple of the other features could be extremely helpful if you are frequently harassed by aircraft: ALERTS will let you tag a given tail number and be alerted when it is in flight, and allow tracking; HISTORY of a given aircraft can be tracked backwards in time for up to 90 days, including ground time; DETAILS provides complete Registration information, serial number, and other data to include speed, altitude, and much more. There are additional things which may or may not prove useful to a particular situation. There are also more expensive plan options with increased feature levels and whole new features.
If you keep a good log such that you feel you can demonstrate one or more specific aircraft/operators are involved in harassment, there are things you can do which could provide some level of relief and/or satisfaction, perhaps to include an investigation or legal actions to your advantage. Such legal actions might be something you would wish to consider (with good counsel of an attorney), but they might also be initiated by FAA or some other agency without any expense or direct involvement by you. The tail number is often enough to achieve that, because FAA, FBI, and Police all have the means to take it from there. But if you needed to take action of some sort of your own against an operator, legal or otherwise, you would need to identify the operator. If the Tool is not providing that information for a given aircraft, its not a roadblock.
Often, just typing the tail number along with ‘tail number’ into your browser will likely pull up FAA registration information. If that fails, you can normally go directly to registry.faa.gov and type it in, there. Sometimes, the answer will still be less than useful. CIA aircraft are often not identified as such, for instance, and may instead be registered to a business or private individual, or return nada. However, there are people who track CIA aircraft independently for various reasons. Sometimes, just adding ‘CIA’ to your web search via tail number will give you a hit. Otherwise, you would want to focus on trying to find out who operates the aircraft at its home airport (business name, most likely an innocent sounding front). Sometimes, it’s an obvious military/intelligence company ‘contractor,’ perhaps so identified publicly on their Web site or literature. But also, my book, The Professional Paranoid, details how to research such firms to see if they fit the profile of a CIA front.
Some aircraft defy identification… military aircraft, for instance, are invisible to the Tool. Often, they may be black, unmarked, or moving too fast to see any markings. But assuming you have the time, location, and direction of travel, and some general description (i.e., small helicopter), the FAA should be able to identify it. If you get a decent look, you can do online searches of US military aircraft at military.com and find the exact type (i.e., MH6 – a small tactical helicopter). FAA might not give you a lot of information about it, perhaps none, but they might tell you something like it being an Army training flight (and it might or might not be the official and true answer, of course… their answer might simply be presumptive, far easier than actually trying to find out the true answer). You may find answers vary in detail over time. That’s not hints of something nefarious, it is just likely a lack of interest vs. a more friendly or service-minded person at the other end. But just confirming its existence is good. Put whatever answers you get into your Log.
Once you seem to have enough instances suggesting a pattern, you will also likely have established the base of operations (i.e., a local Air National Guard unit). They will have a Public Relations Officer, and they won’t know you from Adam. Give them a call, giving a random phony name, and say you are a photographer would would like to photograph (type of aircraft of concern) in flight, and wonder if there are training flight paths or operational flight paths anywhere in your (county) that you might be able to position yourself, and if there are particular days or hours that would be best hunting. I’d tell you to record that call, but that would be illegal almost everywhere, so take good notes, including name of contact, time and date, length of call, and their answers.
Wait some time and continue to grow the Log, while at the same time, going to any selected flight path per the ‘good hunting’ suggestions as to time/days, and get a sense of the frequency of flights, there, in a separate Log. Compare both Logs: if much greater frequency in targeting than in training, get the Base Commander’s name (should be online at the base web site), and write a formal and simple (non-targeting oriented) complaint of constant ‘noisy’ overflights with a detailed history of time/date/aircraft types from your Log. They will probably acknowledge with a presumptive reply about training flights, the easy and usually correct response. Respond with your prior research through the PR Officer citing the difference, and ask for an investigation of the discrepancy, and the name of the person authorizing or ordering the flights ever your home, and official reasons for those ‘apparently non-training’ flights.
There will likely be resistance and side-stepping, to which you should counter by asking if you should instead be contacting the Pentagon through your Senator, because it feels like intentional harassment. Oops! They wouldn’t like that. And, if it is the aircraft shown below, contact me each and every time you see it; it is a known mind control operations aircraft, called Command Solo —- note the unusual antenna configuration. In any threat about a Senator, if this plane is involved, do specifically mention ‘Command Solo psychological operations aircraft.’ If you must, contact your Senator, and cc local media. Oops!! This outreach should not get into your targeting, but you can say ‘it feels like deliberate harassment, given the sidestepping and misinformation in official answers.’ It would help if you could find neighbors willing to add their names to any such outreach. If the overflights bug you, they likely bug them, too. For more information about outreach tips, read this.
- This post is, in .pdf form, part of the authors’ Free Helps Kit available to stalking victims, which contains many, many more such files, as well as a victim’s workbook which has proven very helpful towards determining the who, what, how, and why of their targeting. Email proparanoidgroup at gmail com to obtain the Kit, which also provides information about the Free Will Society to aid severely impacted stalking victims.