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(WTVR)   California deputies pull over... two hot air balloons. Order them back to work in the legislature   ( wtvr.com) divider line
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2018-02-07 11:00:50 AM  
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2018-02-07 11:59:35 AM  
BLM tent just got a bit bigger.
 
2018-02-07 02:44:21 PM  
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2018-02-07 03:48:19 PM  
Considering how trigger-happy the police have become over the recent years, I'm amazed the cop didn't just shoot them down
 
2018-02-07 04:09:40 PM  
Is it wrong that I only got to "California deputies pull over... two hot..." before I clicked?  I really should read the whole sentence.
 
2018-02-07 04:11:29 PM  
>> two hot air balloons. Order them back to work in the legislature

Hot air ballons != windbags. A hot air ballon has a useful purpose.
 
2018-02-07 04:16:29 PM  
OH LOOK SUBBY IS A LOLBERTARIAN

LOL
 
2018-02-07 04:19:45 PM  
"Two Hot Air Balloons" is subby's mom's stage name.
 
2018-02-07 04:20:27 PM  

sunderland56: >> two hot air balloons. Order them back to work in the legislature

Hot air ballons != windbags. A hot air ballon has a useful purpose.


California's government seems to be doing pretty well overall these days. I'd trade your state leadership for the assholes we have in the federal right now in a farking heartbeat.
 
2018-02-07 04:24:07 PM  

Diogenes: BLM tent just got a bit bigger.


Balloon lives matter.
 
2018-02-07 04:24:50 PM  
Up Up and Away
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2018-02-07 04:28:03 PM  
Had a coworker who flew a balloon angrily ordered to land by a rookie cop with a megaphone. The municipality they were flying over had just passed a law with heavy fines prohibiting "ballooning" defined as launching or landing a hot air balloon anywhere in the city.

They obeyed.  Just as they landed the cop's supervisor screeched up and told them they were under arrest for landing the balloon in the city.  They noted that they had been ordered to by the first cop  Second asked first, "why did you do that?" The first replied that the balloon had been "violating the city's airspace".

Nope.  City doesn't own an airspace, so no legal action followed for their following the cop's order to break the city's law by landing.  It was a good thing overall, though, because the wind had died down, the sun was going down, and they wouldn't have made it past the illegal to land area before it did.

It is illegal to fly a hot air balloon at night.
 
2018-02-07 04:28:58 PM  
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2018-02-07 04:32:00 PM  

SwiftFox: It is illegal to fly a hot air balloon at night.


Tell that to Sir Richard Branson.
 
2018-02-07 04:36:17 PM  
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2018-02-07 04:43:05 PM  
Cut the pilots some slack, it was just the giant suck that's known as San Bernardino pulling them in.
 
2018-02-07 04:47:47 PM  
CSB: We (specifics don't matter) were driving back from the beach on the 56 when, in my rear view mirror, a panda balloon started to land in the median.

That personal story seemed relevant.  Apologies if not.
 
2018-02-07 04:54:25 PM  
I once lived by the shore of a lake, and would be woken up by the rush of the air heating burner things, as balloons passed just feet over the house.  The first few times, it was "neat, look at the balloon!"  It eventually turned into "I'm try to sleep here!"

/It might have been teenage lack of sleep induced anger.
 
2018-02-07 04:56:24 PM  
There is one section of the CA vehicle code barring some type of enforcement by aircraft; I do remember reading this in the CVC years back and thinking, "well, that is interesting."

It's not like it would stop the state patsies from doing so if it were expressly so.
 
2018-02-07 04:57:46 PM  
It'll be interesting to see if AOPA/EAA get involved in this if the police really ordered the balloons to land. They have very limited (or no?) authority to do so. Sounds like these guys were breaking some regulations, but the feds own the airspace and there have been issues before with overzealous local police taking actions unilaterally.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/a​l​l-news/2013/january/10/secret-no-fly-z​one

This fellow was legally flying his glider near a nuclear plant to catch good thermals. He made the security guards nervous and they contacted the police who decided to order him to land and threatened to shoot him down. They confiscated his possessions, impounded the glider, and he spent the night in jail for violating a self-declared (imaginary) no-fly zone.
 
2018-02-07 05:09:52 PM  

WhoGAS: CSB: We (specifics don't matter) were driving back from the beach on the 56 when, in my rear view mirror, a panda balloon started to land in the median.

That personal story seemed relevant.  Apologies if not.


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2018-02-07 05:22:06 PM  

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You're right. I'll fire a warning shot first.
 
2018-02-07 05:32:04 PM  
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2018-02-07 06:35:07 PM  
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2018-02-07 06:44:22 PM  

Mr.Hawk: WhoGAS: CSB: We (specifics don't matter) were driving back from the beach on the 56 when, in my rear view mirror, a panda balloon started to land in the median.

That personal story seemed relevant.  Apologies if not.

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Close.  More like this one:

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2018-02-07 06:51:13 PM  
As a person that crews on a hot air balloon, I am getting a kick, etc

If I can find it, I will scan and post. Did an overlay of our balloon on the "patrolled by aircraft ' sign on the 680 south. I did not last long....
 
2018-02-07 07:29:53 PM  

SwiftFox: Had a coworker who flew a balloon angrily ordered to land by a rookie cop with a megaphone. The municipality they were flying over had just passed a law with heavy fines prohibiting "ballooning" defined as launching or landing a hot air balloon anywhere in the city.

They obeyed.  Just as they landed the cop's supervisor screeched up and told them they were under arrest for landing the balloon in the city.  They noted that they had been ordered to by the first cop  Second asked first, "why did you do that?" The first replied that the balloon had been "violating the city's airspace".

Nope.  City doesn't own an airspace, so no legal action followed for their following the cop's order to break the city's law by landing.  It was a good thing overall, though, because the wind had died down, the sun was going down, and they wouldn't have made it past the illegal to land area before it did.

It is illegal to fly a hot air balloon at night.


They just skipped right past burning the land and boiling the sea, didn't they?
 
2018-02-07 07:32:34 PM  
SwiftFox:

It is illegal to fly a hot air balloon at night.

...without proper running lights, or without the specific qualification on your cert.

And yes, there are such things as running lights for a HAB. Back in the early 90's on one of my many trips out to Albuquerque for Fiesta, I was accompanied by a young fellow who was eager to get qualified to fly his balloon at night. He had worked a deal with World Balloons (who ran the exclusive paid ride concession for Fiesta) to the effect that he would work for them for the nine days of the event, and in lieu of pay one of the World pilots would train him in night flying (a common occurrence at Fiesta; it's called Dawn Patrol) and he'd get a slight discount on a light rig. His job with World was one of the crappiest ones at Fiesta; he drove the bus carrying passengers from the Fiesta field to the places where the "cattle cars" (ride balloons) landed, switch out passengers between the bus and balloon and drive back. But he did get trained, did get qualified and did get his light rig.

Some time later he was doing some night flying at home near Meridian, MS. Basically you take off a couple of hours before sunrise, and fly until there's enough light to scope out a good landing spot. That's what he did...except this time, before and after the sun rose, there was dense fog. He was flying above it. He made some tentative descents but couldn't find an area clear enough to be certain of a clear landing spot. One time he descended, heard the loud telltale HUMMM of large power lines and hastily ascended. He was lucky. Eventually the fog dispersed before he ran out of propane for the burners and he landed in a safe spot.
 
2018-02-07 08:21:16 PM  
Did they find the kid, or was he in the garage?
 
2018-02-07 10:36:03 PM  
I couldn't find a shot of Dan Akroyd in the pursuit jet from Dragnet.
 
2018-02-08 03:19:20 PM  

flondrix: I couldn't find a shot of Dan Akroyd in the pursuit jet from Dragnet.


Here, I made one:

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/you're welcome
 
2018-02-08 04:08:30 PM  
FUN FACT: Cops ON THE GROUND can give you a ticket, even if you're IN AN AIRPLANE.

CSB:

Some years ago (around 1994-1995), I was taking flying lessons. My flight instructor related a story where he'd gotten a ticket for buzzing cars at a local airstrip from a deputy sheriff in the county where the airstrip was located. He tried to explain he was simply trying to line up to land his airplane, but there were cars crossing the runway on his approach, so he had to abort, but the deputy was drunk with power and issued my instructor the ticket anyway.

Can't recall if he took it to court or not.
 
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