Cameras at Longmont’s Vance Brand Municipal Airport monitoring Mile-Hi Skydiving operations have captured parachutists landing outside the drop zones laid out by the city and the company several times since recording began in October, city officials confirmed Monday.
Use of the video cameras and the recently updated land use policies at the airport are at the center of a lawsuit and a complaint to the Federal Aviation Administration, both filed by Mile-Hi against the city last month. Both allege the new regulations and the surveillance are discriminatory.
The city has denied the company’s claims, asking Boulder District Court to dismiss the case because it lacks jurisdiction. Only the FAA can determine the merit of Mile-Hi’s complaint, Longmont argues.
But the airport land use policies underlying the suit are the result of years of contentiousness and legal battles between Mile-Hi and the Citizens for Quiet Skies anti-airport noise group, and were only established because city leaders lately have given more credence to the group’s concerns, stakeholders of Vance Brand Airport activity said.
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