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I often see a low flying plane circling over south Bangalore around 00:30-01:00. It circles at least twice and it's not very big, mostly the size of a private jet.

How can I go about identifying it?

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  • $\begingroup$ Snap a photo and post it here! Or maybe go look at flightaware.com the next time you see it! $\endgroup$
    – mike
    Nov 13 '17 at 12:33
  • $\begingroup$ A night photo?! $\endgroup$ May 17 '20 at 16:11
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On Nov 12 at about 1845 UTC, which would be about 1215 local on Nov. 13, a Vistara A320, reg. VT-TTM, took off from BLR and did several touch-and-go’s at VOBG then returned to BLR.

On Nov. 10, around the same time, another Vistara A320, reg. VT-HYD, did the same thing. Taking off from BLR, doing touch-and-go’s at VOBG before returning to BLR.

According to this article @pondlife found, VOBG airport is open for pilot training.

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  • $\begingroup$ @mins It’s clearly touch-and-go’s at VOBG runway 27. Why T&G’s in an A320 in the middle of the night? I have no clue. $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Nov 13 '17 at 21:50
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    $\begingroup$ @mins I think pondlife figured it out. See edits $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Nov 13 '17 at 22:49
  • $\begingroup$ I was hoping this to be something slightly more exciting like some secret electronic surveillance research program etc :D ... many thanks for your response. $\endgroup$
    – amritanshu
    Nov 17 '17 at 4:48
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    $\begingroup$ Lol! Sorry to burst your bubble :P $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Nov 17 '17 at 14:36
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    $\begingroup$ @amritanshu You said in your question it looked like a small jet. Likely there are private aircraft taking advantage of the training opportunity too. Depending on their xponder type they might not track on FR24. $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Nov 17 '17 at 20:11
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An ADS-B receiver is the best way to identify an aircraft flying overhead, in most cases. This can be built from about $50 USD, but may be more.

Put simply, you would need

  1. A USB SDR receiver
  2. An Antenna
  3. A computer to connect the reciever to, and run software on
  4. Decoding software (at a minimum, dump1090

Instructions on specifics can be found here: https://www.adsbexchange.com/how-to-feed/adsbx-custom-pi-image/

The Raspberry Pi can be replaced by any Linux computer, really.

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    $\begingroup$ This is the meta answer :)... Pretty cool. Many thanks! $\endgroup$
    – amritanshu
    May 20 '20 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ SO is about giving the guy a fish and teaching him how to fish. :o) $\endgroup$
    – amritanshu
    May 20 '20 at 14:29

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