I worked the president's visit yesterday along with the secret service. We had to scramble f-16's on a Cessna who was following us (much too closely), in the motorcade from the airport. Then the idiot overflies the Convention Center where President Bush was to speak. His tail number was not on file. After landing in Kissimmee and detained, the situation was investigated. Simple ignorance.
A helicopter was forced down shortly thereafter flying within the restricted zone of the shuttle launch pad, (which was due to launch in a few hours). Again, ignorance. He just purchase the Helo in Miami and was taking it home.
Now, today, the shuttle actually did launch, and yet another fixed wing forced down by f-16's because he was flying well inside the restricted area. Currently being investigated.
I remember some post by pilots who were upset about suffering the brunt of the restrictions in place in the shadow of 9-11.
Now you see why? Not every pilot is as 'on the ball' as most of us, and unfortunately, if the boat tips over, we all get wet.
Let's get the message out there to all our brothers and sisters.. plan you flights wisely in these times. Know every expectation of the route and check it again. It may save alot of time, money, and a frightening experience!
Bob 'Wolf' Hayes
I Seeee Youuuuu!