An Insomniac’s Nightmare

by on February 26, 2011 · 3 comments

in Environment, Health, Ocean Beach, The Widder Curry

One of the things I learned 40+ years ago, when almost the only airline flying into San Diego International Airport was PSA, that the planes stopped taking off at 11:30 pm and didn’t begin again until 6:30am.

Planes continued to land at all hours, but usually from East to West, and only under severe weather conditions did they land from the Ocean eastward. The noise was minimal at night; loud and intrusive during the day.

Until recently. It almost appears that there is a heliport only blocks from the house, because nightly there are any number of helicopters that fly over the house at all hours of the late night and early morning. Helicopters that are loud; noise polluters; and wake people from deep as well as fitful sleep.

So…what are they doing here? Why are they flying over the house to go to the ocean? Where did they come from? What are they looking for? And why must they fly over the area at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00am?

In checking with the Airport Noise Control, I was told that these helicopters are coming from North Island. If that is so, then the question again arises: why are they coming over land?

Anyone have any answers?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Marisag February 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

They are probably testing some new spy equipment out on Pt. Loma.


dave rice February 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Having lived in less-affluent communities before settling here, we call them ;ghetto birds.’ And yes, I’ve noticed the presence of them increasing recently…


Judi February 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

So….what are they looking for? And the idea of new spy equipment – would not surprise me at all. Often think that the reason we get ill so often is because of the germ warfare escaping the labs on the Point! Who’s paranoid? Not me….


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