Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Aviator Pans Flying under Radar Claims; Allegations of False Radio Calls Rejected

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Aviator Pans Flying under Radar Claims; Allegations of False Radio Calls Rejected

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Byline: Rebecca Lollback Ballina reporter

AIRCRAFT manufacturer and flying school operator Howard Hughes has rejected claims that light planes don't use their radios when landing.

Last week The Northern Star reported on complaints made to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in relation to light planes asneaking ina to theBallina-Byron Gateway Airport by not announcing their arrival by radio.

It was being done to avoid paying landing fees, according to the complainants.

But Mr Hughes a who runs Light-Wing, a light aircraft manufacturing facility and flying school on commercial land at Ballina airport a says that's not true.

aFor the past 26 years I have usually been within earshot of my VHF radio tuned to 124.2, the local area aviation frequency, usually about eight hours per day where I monitor the operations of my own aircraft and others,a he said.

aI have never heard a a[approximately]false' radio transmission in that time. …

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