L.A. County authorities warn against flying kites near airports
Go fly a kite? Apparently not if you do it in Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, which is adjacent to the Brackett Field airport.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies assigned to the department's Parks Bureau issued a warning to an unidentified man Sunday after his kite was seen about 500 feet over the north end of the park, said Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.
Sheriff's officials said the area has signs saying "No Kite Flying." The man told deputies that he did not see the signs and was let off with a warning.
Parker said that while most people comply with the signs, the incident provided an opportunity to educate people on the dangers of flying kites near airports.
Under federal regulations passed in 1963, moored balloons and kites cannot be flown within five miles of an airport or more than 500 feet off the ground. The rules do not apply to balloons or kites that are flown below the top a building.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Kite flying is not allowed at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, which is adjacent to the Brackett Field airport. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department