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I've seen similar questions asked but when I look at the flight path this seems quite different: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/f-gjfa enter image description here

I'm trying to figure out why that kind of plane would fly in circles for 6-7 hours and then land.

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The aircraft F-GJFA is operated by Aero-Sotravia and is used (among other things) for live broadcasting of TV signals during sporting events:

Schema Relay

5 dedicated planes are available, they have been specially modified to accommodate live recording equipment. This fleet makes us as the largest European operator with more than 95% of the annual volume of aerial television relay.

We broadcast the best of sporting events (Tour De France and other cycling races, many marathons including Paris, IRC and WRC car rallies, cross-country skiing, etc.) as well as major current events (presidential elections, Telethon, etc.).

(Aero-Sotravia - Television relay)

The flight you show was on 20 May, which coincides with the Giro d'Italia sector from Sierre to Cassano Magnago:

Route

(modified from cyclingnews.com)

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  • $\begingroup$ Giro riders are fast, but planes are faster, hence flying a helix along the stage. Maybe they should fit out an AN-2 as a relay aircraft (though it might not have a high enough ceiling for the lines of sight). $\endgroup$
    – Chris H
    May 23, 2023 at 10:07

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