Airservices Australia has taken the extraordinary step of banning model airplanes from entering Canberra airspace during next week’s planned visit of President Obama, Crikey has learned.

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Comment by Morli_ on March 18, 2010 at 3:21pm
what else cannot enter?!! & diydroes get mentioned in news !!!! :(
Comment by Angus Peart on March 18, 2010 at 3:33pm
Thanks for the link Gary!

That's taken slightly out of context by Crikey. They are restricting just about everything, hot air balloons, parachutes, ultralights etc., not just model aircraft.

People seem to assume that restricting these kinds of things are because of the threat of someone flying an explosive model plane into a target. They watch too many movies.
It's not so much that in my opinion, it's more the ability to have an eye in the sky, seeing exactly the movements of people/vehicles.
Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 18, 2010 at 4:26pm
Pretty normal for us. Now you get to serve our rulers.

Comment by Doug Weibel on March 18, 2010 at 5:30pm
I'm 30 miles away, and subject to the TFR for all my aircraft, full scale and model, when Obama comes to town.
Comment by Earl on March 18, 2010 at 5:39pm
hi Doug, Are you on the chat ?
Comment by Ryan on March 18, 2010 at 6:15pm
Nothing wrong with that TFR - fair enough really.

He's not coming anyway - hope the health care reform passes!
Comment by Curt Olson on March 18, 2010 at 7:31pm
My RC club (about 20 miles north of the airport) gets shutdown for any presidential visit. Seems pretty stupid ... I wouldn't even pay attention except a few of the club members take this stuff a little too seriously. So I go throw paper airplanes off my back deck and just see if they can catch me. What the hell ... equal bankruptcy for all!
Comment by Max on March 18, 2010 at 11:13pm
That doesnt surprise me, although I saw this morning that Obama was delaying his trip here to Australia till June because of their health care bill going through congress...
Comment by Mike on March 19, 2010 at 12:31am
Comment by Ken McEwan on March 19, 2010 at 3:55am
Please Keep him when he arrives.


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