- Oct 8, 2019
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I’ve been trying to fly my P4Ps around areas close to my home, to try and build up a portfolio of my capabilities. I have a beautiful reservoir near my house. The law states if its owned by the DEEP you must get special permission in CT. But I believed it was not, and was actually controlled by my towns water division. I called DEEP to make sure (and surprise surprise, they did not call back.) The law in CT actually states “ No municipality shall enact or enforce an ordinance or resolution that regulates the ownership, possession, purchase, sale, use, transportation or operation of any commercial unmanned aircraft or otherwise regulate the ownership, possession, purchase, sale, use, transportation or operation of such aircraft, except as otherwise authorized by state and federal law, and to the extent they do not conflict with policies and procedures adopted by the Connecticut Airport Authority”. So if you read that, you’re golden, right? Wrong! After I called my town and asked if it was owned by them, and the reason for my call, I was called back by an agent of the Town water municipality. He said it WAS NOT controlled by the DEEP, but they do not want me flying my drone over the water. I can outskirt it, but I was not allowed to bring the drone over the water. I hung up the phone believing this guy just doesn’t know the law, and was just a talking head, and started to pack my stuff, ready to cite the law to anyone that questioned me. I tiny voice inside me said “read the law again”, so for once I listened. If you don’t follow the “sub sets”, and “separated sections”, and “cousin twice removed conversation at thanksgiving dinner afterthought”, you could get screwed. After following the “Game of Clue path”, I found this part. “ Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, any municipality that is also a water company, as defined in section 25-32a of the general statutes, may enact and enforce ordinances or resolutions that regulate or prohibit the use or operation of private and commercial unmanned aircraft over such municipality's public water supply and Class I or Class II land, as described in section 25-37c of the general statutes, provided such ordinances or resolutions do not conflict with federal law or policies and procedures adopted by the Connecticut Airport Authority.”. Boom! There it is. Dropped in your lap, and in black and white State of Connecticut ink”. If I just went, I would have broken the law, most likely been fined and probably had my 107 suspended. Moral of the story? Follow the **** impossible road map they lay in front of you and label as a law. Make sure it says what you believe it does. It may save you a lot of headaches. Peace out, Fliers!