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Major Fleet training exercises are being conducted in the vicinity of San Clemente Island
through August 31st 2017.The Navy requests boaters, fishing vessels (including kite fishing),
and fish spotters pay close attention to hazardous areas and be extra diligent to avoid
interfering in this vital training provided to defend our Nation. Additionally, Kite fishing
can pose hazards to low flying aircraft. The current regulation for kites is cited in the Code
of Federal Regulations section 101 (14 CFR §101). Pertinent excerpts are as follows:
§101.7: Hazardous Operations - No person may operate any kite in a manner that creates a
hazard to other persons or their property.
§101.13: Operating Limitations - No person may operate a kite more than 500 feet above the
surface of the earth and within five miles of the boundary of any airport.
§101.15: Notice Requirements - No person may operate a kite more than 150 feet above the
surface of the earth unless, at least 24 hours before beginning the operation, he/she gives
the following information to the FAA ATC facility that is nearest to the place of intended
(a) The names and addresses of the owners and operators
(b) The size and weight of the kite
(c) The location of the operation
(d) The height above the surface of the earth at which the kite is to be operated
(e) The date, time, and duration of the operation
§101.17: Lighting and Marking Requirements -
(a) No person may operate a kite, between sunset and sunrise unless the kite and its mooring
lines are lighted so as to give a visual warning equal to that required for obstructions
to air navigation in the FAA publication Obstruction Marking and Lighting.
(b) No person may operate a kite between sunrise and sunset unless its mooring lines have
colored pennants or streamers attached at not more than 50 foot intervals beginning at 150
feet above the surface of the earth and visible for at least one mile.