The mystery of several small planes flying over South Jersey has seemingly been solved.

The Cape May Sheriff's Office said it received many calls about several small planes following each other in a pattern between Cape May Airport and the Ocean View section of Dennis Township.

It is part of an FAA study of new airport lighting.

"There is no need for concern," the Sheriff's Office said online.

Eight aircraft are participating in the research, FAA spokesman Steven Kulm told New Jersey 101.5 in an email.

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Map shows Cape May Airport and Ocean View section of Dennis Township
Map shows Cape May Airport and Ocean View section of Dennis Township (Canva)

Lighting intensity test

Researchers at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City are conducting flight tests for new signage that could be used to identify runway closures, Kulm said. Testing began Tuesday at Cape May Wildwood Airport and will continue through the end of the week.

The study began in 2019 to determine the best intensity for the illuminated X placed at the end of a runway to signify it is closed.

Some of the work on the project took place at the Joint Base Dix-MacGuire-Lakehurst.

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