By a strange coincidence, just as an article in the BIT shows up today talking about my model plane building fetish, a call from the grimy gropers of DHS, in the personage of one Agent Thomas Smith of the NYC office, arrived at my telephone today! Just 3-4 hours after the BIT hit the streets. Imagine that! That tells me they must have been monitoring me for some reason! Wonder what that could be?
They just called to tell me that it was against the law to fly a model plane within a mile and lower than 10,000' of an operating airport.
They also said that I will be fined 2k dollars if I do it again!
Well just to prove once again that they are not all as swift as they like to think they are, The actual rules adopted just two years ago says the distance must be 3 nautical miles, and not OVER 400'!
Those same rules say nothing about fines at all. They also say that with the permission of the controlling ATC, --"or"-- the local AIRPORT MANAGER who can rescind those restrictions for short periods, thereby permitting flights of said model planes. As in, you know, if there are no planes in sight, none within range of the facility, none broadcasting their intention to land forthwith at said spot, it must be assumed that the airport is in an unused situation.
Oh yeah, he said they will be coming out next week so they can threaten me some more in person.
This country is fast on it's way to the ash-heap of history.
OBTW, I DO HAVE the permission of the Airport Manager to use the side airspace when there are no planes in the vicinity. And if one does approach, with my brandy new $8k hearing aids plugged in I can hear him coming as he lifts off from his own FB.
If this guy says the wrong things too me, I may get all short fused and tell him what I really think of his place of employment and the people he works for! Especially his boss Janet! I may be trying to email everybody from inside an incarceratory! JAIL. TIFN