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  •  CPAC will go nuts with this...Obama's soft on (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, BachFan, emsprater, lookit

    small aircraft safety and training.

    Dick Cheney would NEVER let a small aircraft crash.

    •  Ol' Dick the ol' dick (1+ / 0-)
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      would shoot it down himself, doncha know?

      Or maybe have Chuck Norris throw ol' Dick at the plane, trusting the evil in his heart to drag it into the ground.

      "Faith means not wanting to know what is true."-Friedrich Nietzsche

      by SilentBrook on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 09:11:43 AM PST

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    •  But FAA rules in place for decades .... (0+ / 0-)

      are really the blame for the ability of 'pilot schools' to buzz any nearby neighborhood at will, without recourse.  There is nothing any local government can do to reign in those actions.

      Democrats left unsupervised from the very top are incapable of governing in any meaningful way. That's the bottom line.

      by emsprater on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 09:28:04 AM PST

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      •  actually you do have recourse. If you can (2+ / 0-)
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        get a plane # they are too low and will be dealt with by the FAA. Also contact the training school itself.

        They usually have an area set aside for them which their pilots get lazy and don't bother to use. I've had great luck calling the business itself.

        I live in a military flyway and a free flight area for small planes.

        Scary is when you see the A10 or f16 have to maneuver to miss the trainer while headed out to the bombing range  :O

        •  Local government ... (2+ / 0-)
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          had a Task Force of citizens set up that worked for the better part of 6 months, had an 'expert' provide a workshop, a plan was developed and it still is not making any change.  Planes 'taking off or landing' can be below the 500 foot line, as can helicopters at any time.  The published flight pattern is never followed, and no amount of complaining to the FAA does any good.  The local airport tower is nonresponsive, the local flight schools, except for one small school and the larger ERAU wouldn't even participate in the concern.  They could care less.  

          It's really difficult to find the numbers on the side of the plane when they fly directly overhead and all you can see is the belly of the plane.  They know who they are, they just don't give a damn.

          Democrats left unsupervised from the very top are incapable of governing in any meaningful way. That's the bottom line.

          by emsprater on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 09:44:20 AM PST

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