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Albuquerque park no-fly zone lifted

Published: June 21, 2016
Model and R/C airplanes can once again take to the skies over Arroyo del Oso Park in Albuquerque, N.M., with the lifting of a no-fly zone that was put into place in January.

Although R/C aircraft had always been banned from the area, pilots at the park enjoyed an agreement made with a previous city administration and flew their planes there for 20 years.

In January, the Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department enforced the no-fly zone after receiving several verbal and written complaints from other park users, who said they felt inconvenienced or endangered by the aircraft. 

This temporary ban put a strain on some of the local hobby shops because model airplane pilots no longer needed new parts for their grounded aircraft.

After negotiations between the pilots and the parks department, the no-fly zone was lifted in early May. With this news came a new agreement that states that pilots must be members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and carry AMA insurance. Pilots can only use the park weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. In addition, no more than six aircraft can be flying over the park at any given time and pilots may not conduct low-level flying competitions.