Suspicious Helicopter

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Helicopter N242BH. Has been flying around the Santa Barbara coast line for about a week. Flying back and forth. Any idea why?

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Getoffmylawn Sep 15, 2021 04:20 AM
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It's dropping covid vaccine into Trump supporters

Surfndve Sep 15, 2021 06:52 AM
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Looks like an Air Evac EMS helicopter. Here's what a quick google search brings up (https://www.helis.com/database/cn/36724/):

"Helicopter Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger Serial 45506 Register N242BH N242AE used by Air Evac Lifeteam. Aircraft history and location"

porkrind Sep 15, 2021 12:37 PM
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I don't think that's what it's doing now. It's been flying long, parallel flight paths up and down the coast and recent pictures show it with some kind of large sensor pod mounted beneath. I don't think it's SCE like earlier in the year because it's not following the powerlines.

My guess is that it's imaging for maps or similar.

porkrind Sep 15, 2021 12:42 PM
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Yeah, looking at current pictures, that's a giant camera pod on the front...

https://flightaware.com/photos/aircraft/N242BH

It's up by Gibraltar right now, flying those same long, parallel paths.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N242BH

porkrind Sep 15, 2021 12:44 PM
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Here's the current owner.

https://www.b-3consulting.com/our-services/

Geospatial analysis.

LincolnLady Sep 15, 2021 01:30 PM
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Hi PR, just went to ADS-B Exchange and found N242BH continuing its flight in a very regular pattern. Here's the website:
https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a2378e
:-)

a-1631745530 Sep 15, 2021 03:38 PM
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Thanks LINCOLNLADY, neat site! You can see from previous days' histories that it is clearly doing some sort of mapping/surveying/aerial imagery/other GIS work, very consistent patterns every day with a clear boundary at the SB-Ventura county line.

Icre84U Sep 15, 2021 07:09 AM
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The sensor array on the nose tells me it is set up for surveying power lines for SCE. SCE is spending a ton of money updating pole maps and also performing thermal scans of equipment

d8vanilla Sep 15, 2021 08:20 AM
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NOTREALLYDAVE .... funny.... I wish it would find me, and take me.....rescue me.... outta this horrible horrible horrible HOA !!!!!

hz Sep 15, 2021 08:43 AM
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will be even worse if we end up with tourist helicopter flights...

pstarSR Sep 15, 2021 02:40 PM
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you must be new, we already have those. and someone already posted it.

CreekMoe Sep 15, 2021 10:33 AM
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Re: Suspicious Reader.

Could be on a training mission.

Or chopper are used to follow criminals in cars or on foot. Or afterr perps break city laws for speeding or robbing or assaulting citizens.

Readers must wait until the stealth drones arrive.

And nobody will hear or see them.

The black ones.

moe

dw2000 Sep 15, 2021 01:04 PM
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Just saw what may have been that helicopter flying pretty strange (from my untrained point of view). Almost looked in distress? Came to Edhat to see if anyone posted about it and saw this post. Tail was swinging side to side, low rate of speed, only about 3 stories above buildings.

shopgrrll Sep 15, 2021 01:17 PM
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Looks a lot like this: https://www.paradiseretreats.com/santa-barbara-activities/santa-barbara-helicopter-tours-aerial-tours/. I believe that’s Theo Kracke’s outfit…

tagdes Sep 15, 2021 03:11 PM
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And for a real suspicious copter. The SO copter was watching a suspicious male with SBPD on the scene at 3:02 pm on Calle Puerto Vallarta.

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