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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Who's complaining Pilots or Associated Press?

Here is a story that cites pilots complaining about restrictions on flying over the home of Vice-President Cheney's home in Maryland. There is something curious about it.

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed flight restrictions over Dick Cheney's new Maryland home, angering private pilots who say they can't fly overhead even when the vice president isn't around.

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association spokesman Chris Dancy said Tuesday the FAA only imposes restrictions at Cheney's Jackson Hole, Wyo., home when he's there. He questioned the need to have the restrictions in place at all times over a home in Maryland, which has much more air traffic.

Cheney's new home is on the Chesapeake Bay in St. Michaels, Md., about 30 miles east of Washington. The restricted airspace has a radius of one nautical mile and was established Nov. 22.

The vice president's official residence is on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, part of the region covered by airspace restrictions that were put in place after the Sept. 11 attacks.

FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the St. Michaels' restriction is classified as temporary, though she acknowledged there is no date for it to be lifted.

Airspace restrictions are an inconvenience for private pilots. If they stray into restricted space, they could have their pilot's license taken away, be escorted away by fighter jets or, in a worst-case scenario, be shot down.

Flight restrictions over President Bush's house in Crawford, Texas, stay in place even when he isn't there.

Anyone note what is missing? Where is there one quote from a pilot complaining about the restriction. If the person wanted to be annonymous, why not quote them? There is a good reason for there to be a restriction, the Vice-President is first in line of sucession the presidency. A one mile restriction hardly seems like alot. If a pilot reads this and knows better, feel free to tell me in my comments.

Overall I think this story is shoddy journalism, if you can't either quote or name a person making a complaint, where is the story? Of course this could be just more MSM whining and stupidity. AP has done it before, why not now?

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