Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aerial Banners North pilot arrested: Pilot faces a $500 fine, 30 days in jail

HONOLULU —The pilot working for Aerial Banners North was arrested at Dillingham Airfield Monday afternoon after the company's plane flew an aerial banner over Waikiki, according to attorney Michael McAllister. 

The pilot was arrested just before 1 p.m. The city said the pilot was arrested because the same individual was cited by police earlier this month and now he is a repeat offender.
Matthew Radeck was released after posting $100 bail.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has been in a war of words with Aerial Banners North since the company has been defying the city ordinance banning aerial banners and ignoring citations from the Honolulu Police Department.

Radeck faces a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's story.

The banner that flew over Waikiki Monday morning said, "Advertising isn't just for politicians."

The company has argued that its Federal Aviation Administration certificate of waiver preempts the Honolulu ordinance and allows it to fly aerial banners over Oahu.

However, the FAA says the waiver does not supercede state or city law.  FAA officials say the waiver is authorization for banner towing operations nationwide and if it conflicts with local laws, it is the operator's responsibility to resolve the matter.

Sen. Brian Schatz also reached out to the FAA and received a response that Honolulu's ordinance prohibiting aerial advertising remains valid.

Caldwell has asked the public to call 911 if they see the aerial banner.

The Outdoor Circle is applauding the city for enforcing the ordinance prohibiting aerial advertising over Oahu.
Click here to vote on this issue in our online poll.

Story and Video: http://www.kitv.com

No comments:

Post a Comment