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
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.
sessions begins with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m .
speaker will be Mitch Pribble, director of air
operations for the Tucson
Air Branch for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Pribble
will describe the unit’s mission of providing support to CBP’s
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
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 club’s
web site, www.sunlakesaeroclub.org.