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09-06-2006 04:22 AM  14 years ago
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skydemon02

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Forney, Texas (Just East of Dallas)

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So I am out catching a quick couple of tanks with my rappy 30, just about to spool it up when a copper turns on the road out in a recently paved neighborhood yet to have any house built on it. I realized that I had to go through a road closed sign in order to get where I was. Cop pulls up and rolls down his window and says "mind if I watch for a while?" He watches a flight then the next thing I know his family is out there and he has called the seargent and says he is on his way out to watch too.

Interesting day huh??
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09-06-2006 04:27 AM  14 years ago
Furious Predator

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hehe, i had a similar experience. i was flying on fresh land with no houses built on it yet just like you described, but no one is supposed to be out there. there were no cops, but they had security patrolling the area. next thing i know, he's watching me fly

another experience, this time with police...i was flying on the college field, and a cop came over and told me to shut it down.

also, i found out....a couple times that churches dont like getting buzzed while in service
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09-06-2006 05:55 PM  14 years ago
arceye

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You are so lucky in some areas, you should try living where I do there are local laws that clearly state NO MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VEHICLES allowed on sports fields, parks or any other council owned land the funny thing is they also say that particular law includes bicycles which are as far as I remember are surely propelled by human leg power.

I did however wonder if they realised that particular law is actually ilegal as it discriminates against dissabled people in motorised chairs (not that the council would dare to tell a dissabled person with such a chair to leave the land), also I keep wondering how the same people that made the law get away with sending thier employees out to cut the grass using mechanically propelled vehicles.

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09-06-2006 09:13 PM  14 years ago
vavavoom

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This is a slippery slope If we start talking about English statute Law, Mechanically propelled vehicle and motor vehicle have very specific definitions.
Your heli would not be a mechanically propelled vehicle as a "vehicle" transports a person.
Most areas of council land are covered by a local bylaws relating to model flying however.
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09-06-2006 09:33 PM  14 years ago
alvinrc

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Mobile, AL, USA

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One time we were flying on a semi unused paved airstrip.
No personal or full size airplane parked there or flying near by.

A couple of State Trooper cars pull in from the main hiway.
We figured that our flying was done for the day.

They watched for a while and then wanted to check the speed of the planks with their radar gun.

Pulled the trooper car right out in middle of runway and I gave them a full speed pass at the radar gun. Forget the speed, but they were impressed I think with the ability of their gun to read the airplane.
They watched some more and left.

About a year later: Of course some full scale pilot found out that we were flying at the strip and complained to trooper state office, word came down the line to local office and the same troopers came out to tell us that we had to go. Said that orders were orders.
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09-07-2006 12:27 AM  14 years ago
arceye

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Vavavoom:

It is a local by-law but it is as stated to be mechanically propelled vehicles, but the local council's interpretation of it means they don't allow anything that has any kind of mechanics to it, this includes RC models of all kinds ( including electric cars ) and bicycles.
They do however allow golf carts on the golf courses. Basically what it comes down to is they ( the local council members how make these by-laws ) are all old complaining snobby stuck-up gits who do not allow people to do anything that is fun or anything that creates more noise than a whisper.
They accept the noise of 22 pansies kicking a leather sack around a field then hugging each other when it goes into an almost unmissable net ( which creates more noise than a model engine ) and of course they enjoy and allow the golf carts because it is basically an old mans game that appeals to snotty people who think they are better than the rest of the world.

Sorry for the bit of a rant on there I just get annoyed when local councils decide that anything that is fun isn't allowed, but if it is boring like golf, and bowls and whatever other things old dribblers do or its a bunch of loud mouth pi$$ heads shouting and screeming at eachother football(socker) and cricket, then it is good.

Andy

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09-07-2006 12:58 AM  14 years ago
Tioli

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Friend of mine was flying a sceadu on a high school football field one weekend. He had his little dog with him that was running around. Principal comes down, makes him land and shut down the heli, then says: "no dogs allowed on school property..." Mark puts the dog in the car and goes back to flying!
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09-07-2006 01:25 AM  14 years ago
Professorwiz

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I was flying in one of our largest park that has about 20 some baseball diamonds, dog runs, large wooded areas and I was told by the Wayne county sherrif that I couldn't operate my motorized vehicle in the park without a permit. He said I could finish flying for the day but I'd have to get a permit after that. sighhhhhh.
I called our parks system and they said it wouldn't be a problem, I'd just have to bring in writting what I was flying, with all the specs, exactly what area of the park I wanted to fly in and what times and of course pay the permit fee.. I guess I should be happy I flew there for over 1 1/2 years without hassle but it's time to pay the piper. It was only 5 minutes away too...
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09-07-2006 04:25 AM  14 years ago
rf_reggie

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Forney - I understand now
Gotta like the small town police force. The officer was probably on the phone with his bud to bring the pickup loaded with the grill and lawn chairs.

Did they offer to take you fishing later or are lakes still dried up?

Almost the same thing for me, flying in a vacant lot cross the street from a popular "street activity" area. Since it was still daytime the cops were bored and gathered to watch from the comfort of their cruisers.
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09-08-2006 12:03 AM  14 years ago
Chief_USN

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We actually have one of the Jax Sheriffs Office Chiefs fly with us at JaxRC. Let me tell you what, he is probably one of the best pilots I know.

Anyways, ever since I was a kid I've been doing hobby shop type modeling. I got kicked off a school field in St. Louis when a local cop came and told me I couldn't launch my model rocket because it was considered a Class "C" firework. Almost had my rocketry gear confinscated for it. Oh yeah, he was on a bike, too.

Another time when I was racing 1/8 scale buggies, me and a racing buddy were out in a shopping mall parking lot, after closing, no cars around except for the van we were in, tuning our cars for the next days race, when here comes ol' local, "What you boys doing?" "Tuning our cars for tomorrows racing". "Well, I need you boys to pack it up because you might damage something" "Uh...OK"

Same night, we packed up and went to another parking lot in another township. Cop shows up and says someone called in a complaint about something that sounded like two cats fighting... Said they couldn't find anything till they turned the corner and saw us. Had to pack up again... But not without talking him into clocking our cars first. Mine registered 60mph in two sec and my buddy registered 59 in three.. However he beat me the next day due to driving skill.

Those are my model-cop stories.

Chad
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09-08-2006 01:07 AM  14 years ago
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there was a guy on RR some 3 years ago that said he brought his helis with him on a trip, some one saw him bring his helis into his hotel room and they called the police on him ,, I think he said he ended-up flying for the police..

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