HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot arrested for flying an advertising banner over Oahu is scheduled for a court hearing near the end of August.
Matthew Radeck was arrested in July under a city ordinance that bans aerial advertising. Officials of the company he works for, Aerial Banners Inc., say they do not need to follow city ordinances because it has a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration.
An FAA administrator, however, since told city officials the waiver does not allow the company to bypass local ordinances.
City officials say Radeck was arrested because he is a repeat offender. The company is paying for his defense. The maximum penalty for violating the city’s aerial advertising ordinance is a fine of $500, up to 90 days in jail, or both.