A plane has been scanning the Isle of Wight every day for the last week

Has anyone noticed the same plane flying over every inch of the Island in the last week?

Live tracker of flightpath on 25th May

The same plane has been scanning the whole of the Isle of Wight form the sky over the last week.

The flights started on Bank Holiday Month (25th May) and have been scanning the Island every day, sometimes twice a day. They have followed a very deliberate, methodical route, scanning perfectly straight and parallel lines from the tip of the Island to its tail.

Not only have the lines of the flight been very regimented, but so have the height and speed, with the flight averaging around 1,000ft, at a speed of around 100kt.

Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 on 25th May in the morning
25th May in the morning
Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 on 25th May in the afternoon
25th May in the afternoon

The plane (BIO05 / OY-MNS) is owned by a Danish company called BioFlight. Their Website says they are, “an independent company with a strong relation to environmental flights in connection with offshore wind farms and wildlife monitoring programs.”

Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 on 26th May
26th May
Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 on 27th May
27th May

News OnTheWight has contacted the company to ask them what they were scanning for and what the data will be used for, but at the time of going to press, we’ve yet to hear back. We’ll update this article when we do.

Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 - 28th May in the morning
28th May in the morning
Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 on 28th May in the afternoon
28th May in the afternoon

Flights over the Isle of Wight have previously been made, such as gathering LiDAR data (a kind of aerial radar that uses light). This LiDAR data has many uses and had been adapted for quite fun ideas too.

Real-Time Flight Tracker Map Flightradar24 on 29th May
29th May

Many thanks to eagled-eyed News OnTheWight reader, Bryan Green for spotting this and getting in touch.

Flight data and maps courtesy of Flightradar24.com.

Friday, 29th May, 2020 3:53pm

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3 Comments on "A plane has been scanning the Isle of Wight every day for the last week"

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YJC

Very interesting and thank you for bringing this to everyones attention.
Not convinced at all that this is to do with “offshore wind farms” – more like ON shore

jaydee61

A plane has been scanning the Isle of Wight ……… this aircraft is usually used by google or bing maps etc… around the country.

snoutmeister64
Looks like military grade by the rivets on the tail, made to look like a standard vulcanair. Could be Russian I suppose, but considering Danish involvement it’s either subterfuge, but most likely scouting out of our bacon and butter industry. Danish govt also has a 90% stake in our onshore renewables, so could be a joint venture. Wouldn’t be surprised if it were Google and Bing in… Read more »