In One Eye

Thursday, May 12, 2005
 
While I know the DC Cessna episode isn't supposed to be funny, I can't help but find some humor in it.
Officials said the aircraft's occupants were so clueless that when officials made radio contact and told them to divert, they asserted their right to proceed.

It was only when the F-16s fired flares across the aircraft's nose that the two men realised the gravity of their situation. They were released without charge.
Needless to say, they were from Pennsylvania.

UPDATE — It now turns out that
The pilot whose plane flew into restricted airspace over Washington needed help operating the fuel pump as he prepared for the flight, a Federal Aviation Administration examiner said Thursday.

Mike Kuhn, whose job is to test prospective pilots, said he was at the Smoketown Airport and helped Hayden "Jim" Sheaffer Jr. operate the airport's fuel pumps before takeoff Wednesday morning. Sheaffer apparently did not flip a lever far enough, Kuhn said.

Sheaffer, 69, and student pilot Troy D. Martin were released without charges Wednesday after authorities said they concluded the men simply got lost.
Besides the obvious warning of not ever taking a lesson from this man, it's noteworthy that the Keystone State would sanction both Sheaffer's flying and his giving lessons for same.