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    Andrew Logan - Tracking Military Ghost Helicopters over Washington, D.C.


    Andrew Logan, Hacker, He/him

    Presentation Title: Tracking Military Ghost Helicopters over Washington, D.C.
    Length of presentation: 20 minutes

    There's a running joke around Washington D.C. that the "State Bird" is the helicopter. Yet 96% of helicopter noise complaints from 2018-2021 went unattributed: D.C. Residents can not tell a news helicopter from a black hawk. Flight tracking sites remove flights as a paid service to aircraft owners and government agencies; even in the best case these sites do not receive tracking information from most military helicopters due to a Code of Federal Regulations exemption for "sensitive government mission for national defense, homeland security, intelligence or law enforcement." This makes an enormous amount of helicopter flights untraceable even for the FAA and leaves residents in the dark.

    What if we could help residents identify helicopters? What if we could crowd source helicopter tracking? What if we could collect images to identify helicopters using computer vision? What if we could make aircraft radio as accessible as reading a map? What if we could make spotting helicopters a game that appeals to the competitive spirit of Washingtonians? And what if we could do all of this... on Twitter?


    SPEAKER BIO:
    Andrew Logan is an audio engineer, videographer and DJ based in Washington, D.C. He is an aerospace and radio nerd, and a fierce defender of the First Amendment.

    Twitter: @HelicoptersofDC
    Website: CopterSpotter.com

    REFERENCES:
    1. Krause, H. (2021, January). Aircraft Noise: Better Information Sharing Could Improve Responses to Washington, D.C. Area Helicopter Noise Concerns (GAO-21-200). Government Accountability Agency. https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-200
    2. ECFR :: 14 CFR 91.225 -- automatic dependent surveillance ... Code of Federal Regulation: Section 1.225 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment and use. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2022, from https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-1...section-91.225
    3. NASA ASRS - Aviation Safety Reporting System. NASA. Retrieved April 12, 2022, from https://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/
    4. Interception and divulgence of Radio Communications. Federal Communications Commission: Consumer Guides: Interception and Divulgence of Radio Communications. (2021, January 13). Retrieved April 11, 2022, from https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides...Eeyw9Odzhsxfew
    5. Titan Sports, Inc. v. Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., 967 F. supp. 142 (W.D. Pa. 1997). Justia Law. (1997, April 11). Retrieved April 12, 2022, from https://law.justia.com/cases/federal...EeyLiTfeDLMVBw
    6. Domaratz, M. (2005, November 16). GIS Day Special Event: Making Decisions About 'Sensitive' Geospatial Data. Retrieved June 13, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20101122...m/lc051116.htm
    7. Kirschbaum, J. W. (2018, January). Homeland Defense: Urgent Need for DOD and FAA to Address Risks and Improve Planning for Technology That Tracks Military Aircraft. GAO-18-177: HOMELAND DEFENSE Urgent Need for DOD and FAA to Address Risks and Improve Planning for Technology That Tracks Military Aircraft. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-18-177



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