A few days ago, the American Civil Liberties Union published 18 hours of spy plane footage from Black Lives Matter protests, and multiple investigations have identified the front companies used by the FBI and tracked thousands of flights.
Now, a presentation released to Motherboard under the Freedom of Information Act details how the FBI briefs pilots and agents about its aviation programs.
The “Indoctrination to Bureau Aircraft Operations” presentation comes in three parts, and is dated April 2009. Across over 330 pages, the Field Flight Operations Unit spells out a wealth of legal, technical, and safety issues for operating aircraft on FBI missions.
It opens with a joke, presenting the cover for William Dixon Bell’s 1940 book Trailed By G-Men. The cover shows a light aircraft flying over a small cabin.