Iowa Pilots In Hot Water For Harassing Birds | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.17.14 **
** Airborne 09.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.15.14 **
** Airborne 09.12.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.12.14 **

Fri, May 04, 2012

Iowa Pilots In Hot Water For Harassing Birds

At Issue Is Interpretation Of Airborne Hunting Act

Two men from Des Moines, IA, have been charged with violating a federal law prohibiting the use of aircraft to harass animals. Paul Austin and Craig Martin made several low passes over Saylorville Lake on November 16, 2011 in their Fly Baby and Aeronca aircraft. The lake is locally known as a bird-watching area, with thousands of pelicans, ducks, geese and other species stopping by every fall during migration.

According to a story appearing in the Des Moines Register, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers natural resources specialist witnessed the two planes pass about 20 feet above the water disrupting thousands of white pelicans and other birds. After the birds had settled on another area of the lake the planes returned again, spooking the flock back into the air. The specialist took photographs and cited Austin and Martin for flying "in a careless, negligent or reckless manner" over the protected land.

The plot thickened in February when the two men were indicted on charges of violating the Airborne Hunting Act. Conviction could result in up to one year in jail; additionally prosecutors are looking to seize their aircraft. Even though the pilots weren't hunting, prosecutors say the law applies because its ban on harassment makes it a crime to "disturb, worry, molest, rally, concentrate, harry, chase, drive, herd or torment" animals with an aircraft. Trial is scheduled for May 30.

FMI: www.fws.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.17.14: Boeing/SpaceX Win CCtCap, Flying Docs Endorse, Jetpack Bucks

Also: Chris Heintz, Lear 70/75 Certs, Beluga Birthday, Leap Frogs 9/11 Jump Cancelled, Lawyers Sue NTSB The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates NASA and the winners of >[...]

Aero-Analysis: The Choice Has Been Made

NASA Down-Selects Spacecraft For The “Commercial Crew” Program Just after 4:00 pm Eastern Time, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced the agency’s choice of>[...]

Aero-TV: MGL’s Mighty Mite – The Tremendously Versatile Discovery Lite

Small But Feature-Packed, The Discovery Lite Impresses While at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, checks in at the MGL exhibition to see how glass p>[...]

Latest Space Item Up For Auction Is A Viking Lander Engine

>[...]

Reno Results Questioned By Some Fans And Pilots

Committee Judge Ruled That Thom Richard Crossed The Showline, Was Disqualified Sunday, Sept. 14 concluded what was one of the most competitive National Championship Air Races in re>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC