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Old 08-27-2009, 07:44 PM
 
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Default Helicopter flying in low circles at night?

I just noticed a post in another forum (Phoenix) where someone asked about "last night there were helicopters flying low and in circles over ...".

Numerous times I have heard and seen a helicopter flying low and in circles over an area almost centered over Bee Ridge and Macintosh. It is like those things you hear about in Los Angeles where police helicopters fly over gang activity. Never heard any sirens though for police activity. Anyone have any idea what this is all about? We've been here a year and I'll bet this has happened 20 times or more.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral FL
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The official story is that they are looking for a suspect. I notice it quite a bit here in Cape Coral as well. Behind my shop there is a large (40-50 acre) vacant parcel. Occassionally I'll be there working late, and a chopper will circle that field for 40 minutes or more. Leave, then come back and circle some more. A few weeks back, they were doing this on a Sunday morning. From about 6:30 am to 8:00 am. never heard what that was all about.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Is it mosquito control? They usually fly planes over later in the evening and spray. Those planes fly in a back and forth manner. I don't think they use helicopters though.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Mosquito control does use helicopters, but this sounds like police.
I actually watched a helicopter spraying once. I was looking down at him from a high-rise window. Kind of a strange vantage point.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Is it mosquito control? They usually fly planes over later in the evening and spray. Those planes fly in a back and forth manner. I don't think they use helicopters though.
A friend of mine in WNY used to spray their fields with both a plane and a helicopter. So they do use both.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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If it's spraying for mosquitos I don't see why they'd be circling the same area for 20-30 minutes at a time. Sometimes even coming back again.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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If it's spraying for mosquitos I don't see why they'd be circling the same area for 20-30 minutes at a time. Sometimes even coming back again.
When they spray for mosquitoes they fly back and forth over the same area. Usually several times. I often hear them at night, especially when it's rainy season. I'm not saying that's what was going on, just a guess.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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I have watched them and they fly in a circle.

Maybe it's mosquito spray. It's annoying though.
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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I have watched them and they fly in a circle.

Maybe it's mosquito spray. It's annoying though.
Not near as annoying as having a bunch of mosquitos flying around your head everytime you go out. Hope fully that is what they are doing and not looking for the bigger pests in your area.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: SRQ
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I'd put my bet on the police looking for suspects. Usually, you can see the red/blue lights. Happens over downtown all the time.
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