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PAX River low level flights

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My WV community received a letter from the PIO for Pax River NAS indicating they will begin (again) low level flights over the eastern panhandle of WV. They will likely again use P-3's. However, scanning the military air band as well as the commercial flight controllers yields no contact. I also could not get them on my piaware ADS/B. Any suggestions?

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My WV community received a letter from the PIO for Pax River NAS indicating they will begin (again) low level flights over the eastern panhandle of WV. They will likely again use P-3's. However, scanning the military air band as well as the commercial flight controllers yields no contact. I also could not get them on my piaware ADS/B. Any suggestions?

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Depending on your location in WV you may not pick them up. The P-3 flights are in support of work being done by the Sierra Nevada Corporation facility at the Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR) located near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. The tracks the P-3's fly, at least in the last several years, are from roughly Martinsburg WV to Chambersburg PA. Typically they arrive in the 8:30 - 9:00 pm local timeframe and depart for PAX usually around 03:00 - 04:00 local but have on occasion stayed until 06:00 local. I believe I have had them on 134.1500 (ZDC Sector 6 Hagerstown Low) enroute from PAX to the local area. They show up on my ADS-B setup.

Oops! Looks like your location is one of the local area zip codes. They are certainly not chatterboxes but do check in with ZDC arriving/departing the area
 

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Depending on your location in WV you may not pick them up. The P-3 flights are in support of work being done by the Sierra Nevada Corporation facility at the Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR) located near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. The tracks the P-3's fly, at least in the last several years, are from roughly Martinsburg WV to Chambersburg PA. Typically they arrive in the 8:30 - 9:00 pm local timeframe and depart for PAX usually around 03:00 - 04:00 local but have on occasion stayed until 06:00 local. I believe I have had them on 134.1500 (ZDC Sector 6 Hagerstown Low) enroute from PAX to the local area. They show up on my ADS-B setup.

Oops! Looks like your location is one of the local area zip codes. They are certainly not chatterboxes but do check in with ZDC arriving/departing the area
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Hey, thanks for the response and ideas. Actually, the residents have been pretty upset because it seems to be following a loop path that brings is over our neighborhood about every 20-30 minutes. The other problem is that sometimes they have been flying around 0300 to 0500 causing letters/emails to go to the PIO. Would they be visible with ADS/B? I have a piaware setup that I need to resurrect.

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As Travis mentioned in post #4 above not all of them transmit mode-s but those that do show up in my ads-b machine and on adsbexchange.
Thanks. Where is Berk Co are you located? I live in the Woods subdivision west of Hedgesville and close to the Morgan Co line.

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