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Report: FAA to punish pilot who violated airspace

government is pledging to take serious action against the pilot whose small plane strayed over Washington last week, leading to the panicked evacuations of the White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court, a newspaper reported Saturday.

"Any enforcement action we might take is not done lightly," said Greg Martin, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. An investigation could result in the revocation of Hayden "Jim" Sheaffer Jr.'s pilot's license.

Sheaffer, 69, froze when a Black Hawk helicopter appeared near his right wing as he was flying toward the White House and had a hard time handling his small aircraft, officials told The

thats what would do revoke licesence


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If there was no extenuating circumstance,...

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...then the license should be forfeited, Mark.

I'd like to think that over 3 years after 9/11, all general aviation pilots would have gotten the message by now...

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The problem, Paul, is that w/o GPS

In reply to: If there was no extenuating circumstance,...

which is not mandatory (maybe it should be?) there's no way to tell when you cross the line, as NBC demonstrated on their news show that night.

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I didnt read the article, but I did hear on the news

In reply to: The problem, Paul, is that w/o GPS

that the original idea was to go between two no-fly zones. If you arent familiar with the area -- these guys were not -- its easy to stray. I agree that GPS is a good idea for all pilots, who are going away from known territory. I think the cost has come down and accuracy has gone up.

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