Fri, May 04, 2012
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.
Also: Blue Origin, Flying Cucumber?, BBJ Combi, NetJets Partners w/Ohio State, ExIm Helo Deal, Long-Range Navy UAS Obviously, the stunt pulled by Douglas Hughes of Ruskin, Florida >[...]
"Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we’ve never studied Pl>[...]
Air Navigation Facility Any facility used in, available for use in, or designed for use in, aid of air navigation, including landing areas, lights, any apparatus or equipment for d>[...]
Company Has Special Focus On Pilgrimage Tours In an acceptance ceremony held today in Marignane, India’s Heritage Aviation received two H125 helicopters acquired for charter >[...]
Quarter-Million Dollar Investment To Help Restore Historic Chappelle Auditorium Boeing has presented a $250,000 grant for Allen University to support the restoration of an historic>[...]