We normally expect planes to fly from A to B in a relatively straight and direct fashion, but an aircraft with a very odd flight path was spotted over Pembrokeshire this week.
Some people on the ground compared the unusual pattern created by the flight path, recorded on flightradar24 website, to spaghetti or a radiator.
The Cessna 404 Titan aircraft took off from East Midlands Airport, near Leicester, at 6.30pm on Saturday before travelling 200 miles to Cardigan in just under an hour.
The light aircraft then flew circuits above Pembrokeshire until around midnight when it began its return journey.
With reduced air traffic during the coronavirus pandemic, these unusual flight paths are being spotted more often, according to the owners of the aircraft, Bluesky International Ltd.
The reason the aircraft was flying in such a strange, repetitive pattern is because it is part of a project by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the Welsh Government to create a high-resolution 3D map of the whole of Wales over the next two years.
The 50 flights planned for the project have to take place in winter because the trees are without leaves making the results more accurate.
Blueskey International Ltd is the UK’s largest aerial survey company and captures images using Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) to create three-dimensional renderings.
The images will “capture every nook and cranny of the Welsh landscape,” according to NRW.
The 3-D map will be used to manage flood risk, conserve habitats and biodiversity, manage natural resources and land use, develop infrastructure, monitor pollution, and respond to climate change.
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Paul Isaac, Project Manager for NRW, said: “Historically, LiDAR data has been gathered over Wales at various points in time from the 1990s onwards
“The datasets were collected for different reasons, which means a patchwork of data exists which is inconsistent in terms of technology, coverage and resolution.
“Many of the high altitude, mountainous areas have not been captured at all, with key habitats and ecosystems remaining unmapped.
“Once completed we will have a fantastic resource for planners, landowners, conservationists, foresters, developers, engineers, teachers, academics and many others”.