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September 18, 2013
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Time to drop drone issue

Lorraine Reich, love you dear, but you’re way off base and wasting too much bandwidth on this “drone” issue.

I’ve been building and flying model airplanes for over 40 years, and this experience proved invaluable in pursuing a career in aviation. I even occasionally enjoy mounting a camera on the model to record the flight.

The governance of flying model airplanes is clearly spelled out in the Federal Aviation Advisory Circular AC91-57, “Model Aircraft Operating Standards,” and allows the operator to use “judgment” (imagine that …), stay below 400 feet above the ground, avoid noise sensitive areas and receive permission from the airport operator if flying within three miles of an airport. Further guidance may be found in the Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aircraft Safety Code.

There is nothing the local board of supervisors can do to further regulate the local airspace, it’s completely out of the board’s jurisdiction.

I find it surprising that you bring this issue up before the Libertarian Party. By advocating for increased regulation and oversight and rejecting common sense and judgment, you are undermining the very principle of the Libertarian Party and only serving to further marginalize an otherwise desperately needed addition to our current two-party system of governance.

Lorraine, we have much bigger issues that need your palpable sense of paranoia. Let’s put this one to bed. Meanwhile, enjoy this short video I shot while enjoying some model airplane flying recently at our own Scotts Flat reservoir with the kids and see what “these weirdos,” as you call us, are actually up to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nKgvHLw6Bk.

Juan Browne

Nevada City


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