BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Model airplane club members in Suffolk County are concerned about a proposed bill that would place regulations on drones.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Richard Green has been flying model airplanes for more than 45 years.

“I was like 5 or 6 years old. I saw pictures of planes. I made a model and that started it,” he said.

Green is now worried about the law that would forbid anyone from flying drones on Suffolk County-owned properties.

Green said model airplanes are not the same as drones and should not be classified with them. He added that being part of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, there are rules that have to be followed.

He worries if there is no exemption for model airplanes in the law, their clubs may be affected.

“We don’t fly near airports. We don’t fly above 400 feet. We’re all insured,” he said.

A representative of Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone said the executive will review the club’s members concerns in considering what to do with the proposed bill.


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