October 28, 2004

Temporary Flight Restrictions Cause Trouble for Area Pilot

A pilot based out of my home airport had a surprise escort back to Blue Ash today by two United States Air Force fighter jets after he flew too close to a rally for President George W. Bush.

The local NBC affiliate's website, ChannelCincinnati.com, stated, "The Secret Service determined the pilot made an honest mistake and didn't pose a security risk, and he was freed to go." Although he was freed by the Secret Service I would expect it is likely he could suffer penalties or suspensions of his license for flying into a restricted area.

Here in a battleground state for presidential election pilots should be well aware of the need to check prior to every flight as to whether a Temporary Flight Restriction is in place due to Presidential candidates being in the area.

Posted by at October 28, 2004 10:05 PM

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