Fri, Oct 30, 2009
Flying Will Continue At Connecticut Farm, But With New
The Shelton, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission says
the White Hills Eagles RC Club can keep flying at a local farm, but
they will have to abide by new rules it says will promote
Should we call them "PZCAR's?"
Members of the club have regularly flown their RC aircraft at a
farm near the town for five years, but neighbors complained to the
commission that the aircraft occasionally landed on their property
near where their children were playing. The commission then
required the club to submit an application to be able to use the
farm for their hobby.
The new rules include a limit on the hours that a gas-powered RC
can fly, and require a second spotter to monitor the flights. The
Connecticut Post reports that Commission Member Virginia Harper
visited the farm while the club was flying on Columbus day, and
said she found the neighbors concerns were valid. She said she
supported a rule for a second spotter because she was "surprised at
how quickly, if you look away from the plane, it's very easy to
lose sight of it."
While numerous people attended two public hearings on the
issue in support of the club, the argument was eventually won by
the two neighbors. Along with the time restrictions and additional
spotter, the club will have to move its runway parameters further
away from the neighbor's properties.
While club members have some concerns, including placement of
the second spotter where farm equipment often works during what are
set as the flying hours, they were happy to be able to continue
flying. "We wanted more (leeway), but are happy with what we got,"
said Carmen Luciano, club president. "Once we prove to the
commission and to the neighborhood that we are not overflying the
property, then I think they will understand."
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