Little Ultra Light Plane Regulations Raise Concerns for Pilots 1/9/14
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 9, 2014
Odessa - An ultra light airplane that made an emergency landing is raising new concerns.
Though it may be legal for ultra light airplanes to fly wherever, it's still a concern for pilots at Schlemeyer Field. They say it's only a matter of time before someone is killed.
Planes come and go from Schlemeyer Field constantly.
"They fly over all the time," Antonia Rodriguez, who lives near the airport said. “They get very close.”
It's not for one of those planes to go down. The most recent was an ultra light plane.
Sot- "I learned like five days ago on YouTube," Cal Pietick, the pilot of the ultra light plane that had to make an emergency landing said.
“That's scary to think about it, but it's not a big deal here," one resident said.
The ultra light plane may not be a bother to the people who live near the airport, but it is for those who it shares the sky with.
“Yesterday I came in two minutes before him and I didn’t even know he was in the field,” pilot Travis Fisher said.
Schlemeyer Field is an uncontrolled airport, meaning there is no control tower. So pilots like Fisher rely on radios to communicate. That’s something ultra light planes aren't required to have, making for a dangerous situation.
“You have someone that doesn’t know traffic patterns and doesn’t use radio,” Fisher said. “We’re having to look out for someone that’s not talking and just playing around the airport.”
If anything, the pilots would like to see owners of ultra lights properly educated about how to operate an aircraft.
The airport board will meet soon to talk about regulating ultra light aircraft.