Amelia Earhart Park Unavailable
I was flying at the park accross the street where I live, the park I fly at two or three times a week, when a Park Ranger approached me and said I couldn’t fly there. I thought he meant THERE: in the spot I was flying, because I had never flown there. So he then says “There are no RC planes allowed in the park.” I said “I fly here all the time and have seen clubs flying internal combustion planes here, too.” I was flying my HobbyZone Super Cub, a park flyer. He said NO RC PLANES at all allowed because of an incident that happened sometime in early May, 2009.
Apparently, a local RC club that had been allowed to fly at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah, the field we fly out of, has been banned from flying there and, with them, every RC plane. The story is that one of their members flew a nitro airplane into a tree and, instead of getting a ladder or using some reasonable method to retrieve the aircraft, cut the tree down with a chainsaw. Now no one can fly there.
That sucks since there are NO PUBLIC FIELDS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. If pilots fuck things up for others like this, we won’t be able to fly anywhere but private club-owned fields.