Aero Club to hear about unmanned aircraft ..



Use of aircraft including drones like the MQ-9 Predator shown above in border protection will be the topic of a presentation at the Sun Lakes Aero Club gathering beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 17 at the Sun Lakes Country Club.  The public is invited to attend.

Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC)  members and guests will hear a presentation about aircraft operations including drones by U. S. Customs and Border Protection at the SLAC gathering Monday, March 17 at the Sun Lakes Country Club. 

The sessions begins with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30 p.m., followed  by the program at 7 p.m .

Featured speaker will be Mitch Pribble, director of air operations for the Tucson Air Branch for Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Pribble will describe the units mission of providing support to CBPs anti-terrorism mission at U. S. borders.  This includes air-to-ground interception of people and contraband illegally crossing land borders, air-to-air interception of aircraft and air-to water interception of transportation vessels.

The Tucson Branch operates 24 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. This includes three Predator MQ-9 drones (unmanned aircraft) from Libby Army Airfield in Sierra Vista, AZ.  The drones are capable of flying at 240 knots per hour at altitudes up to altitudes of 50000 feet for up to 20 hours.

Now in its 18th year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday of each month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The programs are open to all Sun Lakes residents and others interested in aviation.  More information on the club is available from Bob Walch, 895-8869 or Gary Vacin, 298-7017, or at the clubs web site,