Pilot accused of flying banners will get jury trial

Pilot accused of flying banners will get jury trial

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The pilot accused of flying aerial banners above Oahu will have a jury trial.

Matthew Radeck's attorney was granted that request at a hearing Tuesday in court. Victor Bakke also asked that the case be moved from district court to circuit court.

Radeck works for Aerial Banners Inc., which is based in Florida. They flew signs several times over the summer but over the Fourth of July weekend, Honolulu Police cited Radeck.

And on July 21, he was arrested after the yellow Piper Pawnee landed on the North Shore.

"They anticipated this challenge," says Bakke, who represents both Radeck and the company, "The arrest was obviously unpleasant...but this is nothing that we didn't expect."

Bakke says the company has a waiver with the Federal Aviation Administration that trumps local laws, but an FAA administrator has told the city that is not true.

If convicted, Radeck could get a three month sentence.

He did not have to appear in court Tuesday because he was allowed to leave the state and return to the mainland.

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