Hagic
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Piper (G-FCSL) flying in circles around DUB

Tue May 09, 2017 12:59 am

A Piper with registration G-FCSL is currently flying in circles around DUB airport for two hours now (it's 2:00 am at the moment).
The circles are about 75km in diameter and the plane is now into the 4th one, at constant 4600 ft altitute.

If this is for training, why is the airplane keeping a fixed bank to the left?

Thanks for any comment.
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Re: Piper (G-FCSL) flying in circles around DUB

Tue May 09, 2017 1:55 am

Sounds like it could be a flight check aircraft, but that's just a guess. Sometimes they'll run their tests on the equipment (like the ILS) at night to minimize impact on airport ops.
 
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Re: Piper (G-FCSL) flying in circles around DUB

Tue May 09, 2017 2:01 am

This aircraft is operated by Flight Calibration Services Ltd (FCSL), so as atcsundevil suggests, it is likely a calibration exercise on the Dublin VOR or similar.
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Re: Piper (G-FCSL) flying in circles around DUB

Tue May 09, 2017 2:35 am

Thanks. Looks like VOR calibration. It then made several flybys over runways 16 and 34. Perhaps ILS calibration.

It's veering off to the Southwest now. Let's see what's next.

Calibrating airport equipment. That's a heck of a great job to have.
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