Recently, I started to detect many P8 Poseidon aircraft above South China Sea, like if a dozen of different P8 were flying in the area each day. The only explanation I see is that they are doing ADS-B code hopping, switching to a new TACTICAL code every few minutes.
Here are some of the codes I detected in the past few days: AE686A, AE6879, AE6889, AE67B3, AE6784, AE687D, AE6850, AE6854, AE6809, AE6793, AE6807, AE6845, AE6819, AE6836, AE67C2, AE67DC, AE6885, AE67D6, AE6813, AE687E, AE689E, AE6884, AE67DE, AE6803, AE682D, AE687C, AE6849, AE68A2.
Few more codes detected recently: AE6848, AE67DF, AE6870, AE6883, AE683D, AE6822, AE6814
Breitling Jet Team, operated by Apache Aviation is based in Dijon, a city in France few hundreds kilometres south east of Paris. My mobile tracker picked most of the team when I spent few weeks in Chalon our Saone early this year.
Breitling Jet Team is flying on Aero L39C Albatros, with tails ES-YLX, ES-YLN, ES-YLF, ES-YLP, ES-YLR, ES-TLF, ES-TLG and ES-YLI. You can see more details in the search page.
Breitling has decided in 2019 not to renew its sponsorship as sole and exclusive partner of Apache Aviation, but is open to staying on board as co-sponsor. Apache Aviation and Breitling are in search of co-sponsors to operate Jet Team around the globe.
Founded by Jacques Bothelin in 1980, the team had several sponsors (and names) during the years: Patrouille Martini, Patrouille Ecco, Patrouille Addecco, Khalifa Jet Team before to be named Breitling Jet Team in 2003.
Let’s hope they will find a new partner to continue this adventure!
There are a lot of US military activity in the area between Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Transports, SIGINT, reconnaissance, protection of US carriers in the area… mainly conducted by the US Air Force and the US Navy. Here is a list of planes seen in past few months (click on the link to see the radar map when the trackers got a MLAT position – these aircraft generally do not broadcast their position on ADSB):
AE049B – Tail number: 61-0313 – Boeing KC-135R – US Air Force
AE1492 – Tail number: 96-0042 – Boeing E-8C Joint Stars – US Air Force
An interesting article about how Buzzfeed is training an Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect planes circling over San Francisco (mainly law enforcement and other contractors).
That’s an interesting direction… I will have a look at how to do that and detect anomalies in trajectories on my trackers. I expect to see more planes circling due to delay in the local airports (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou) than spy planes!
More details here on how they use a Random Forests algorithm to classify potential candidates. I found Random Forests libraries in Python, so that definitely going in my to do list.