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RC Pilots Tangle With Neighbor over right to fly 'Weedwhackers'
A radio control flying club recently ran into legal turbulence when their planes, termed “flying weed whackers” appeared before a Planning and Zoning Commission hearing to gain a special exception permit to allow continued flying.
The Shelton (CT) White Hills Eagles Radio Control Club members fly their planes in a large field abutting the home of Jeff Woods who claimed one of the planes crashed in his backyard, a claim denied by flying club members.
“The plane went down in my backyard, my kids are screaming and all of a sudden there’s a strange man in my backyard ... he picks up his plane and walks away, ignoring me,” Woods said.
The planes operated by club members range from three to five foot wing spans weighing anywhere from 2 to 10 pounds.
Woods said he’s “not out to destroy the club,” but wants to ensure that members abide by the rules.
Club President Carmen Luciano, a podiatrist, said there was a crash, but the plane “did not breach (Woods’) abutting property,” but rather crashed on the wall of Stern’s Farm.
“The plane got too far away from the pilot and it dove into the wall,” Luciano said. “The individual was sanctioned, and couldn’t fly for two months.”
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