Our favorite policeman called me today. Seems there is some progress being made after all. He told me that they (patrols) have been told that it is NOT against the law to photograph the aircraft while on public property. There still remains some common sense exceptions.....
NOT park along the street. YOU MUST have permission to use someone's parking area (rental car companies) unless you are parking in designated public parking areas. You will be stopped, possibly ticketed if your car is somewhere it shouldn't be. PERIOD. That includes, pulling over and shooting out the window.
2.the fence. DO
NOT approach the perimeter fence. The exact distance is debatable, but in the past, 10-20 feet has been acceptable. Safe bet, don't go near it at all.
an officer deems your activity is obstructing traffic (standing in the road), or interfering with it (running back and forth across the street repeatedly), you can be cited for doing so. Stay well off the pavement, and cross the street like 'yo momma taught you.
4. "Posted" areas. No slack here for now. Stay OUT of areas that are posted with a "No Tresspassing" sign. They are legit, and you can be arrested and fined for disobeying the sign. This, he mentioned is 'workable' through the right channels. (OPS + City and County).
I know it is not much news, but what he was told, is OPS does not want to mess with us and has asked the Security/Police dept. to have us stop. Someone in the PD
checked it out and guess what? It's NOT illegal (we knew that...) and they are not going to bother us unless there is reason to. Sounds like the beginning of a small 'pissing' contest starting. We may still get stopped and checked, which should not bother you much. BE
polite, LISTEN to what the officer says. There may be circumstances where you may run into someone that is un-informed. Do the smart thing, and leave if that is what they ask you to do. There will always be other days, and no shortage of airlplanes.
This is by no means a complete list of do's and don'ts. Things change, be flexible. What we do need is some names. If those of you that work at the airport can 'sniff out' some names and numbers of people in Operations that deal with policy, and have the power to make things happen. Start writing them down. We need to approach these people smartly, no demands, no pressure, making them believe it is the right thing to do.
My letter to the Mayor has not been returned yet, but it is still early. I don't expect any movement on it for another week or so. Unless, the letter was partially responsible for the stuff I mentioned above.
Anyway, have fun. More as it becomes available. If everyone wants to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll send the next updates via email, and I can keep these information updates from becoming like the D30 users group posts. Or, if they provide any useful information to the rest of the forum, I'll just continue, and try to keep them short and sweet.