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Patrol aircraft took relatives to Burning Man

Posted at 10:58 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 01:58:22-04

A new policy is in the works after a patrol helicopter transported relatives of two elected officials to the Burning Man festival.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports both Washoe County officials say the trips were not joyrides.
Helicopter program policies do not cover civilians riding along.
Sheriff Chuck Allen took his wife and son aboard a Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit flight that was already scheduled for the trip.
County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung says he asked to bring his family after a former undersheriff invited him. He was accompanied by his wife and adult daughter.
Hartung previously flew over the Spaghetti Bowl in the helicopter, saying he wanted photos of a merging lane to send to the Regional Transportation Commission.
A commission official said the photos were never solicited or received.