Fri, Mar 17, 2006
Busted By The FAA, Freeman Serves Out Suspension Time
Aviator and occasional
movie-star Morgan Freeman is again exercising his priveleges as an
airman. Our friends at the World Entertainment News Network checked
in with him and confirmed that the star of a number of very popular
films is back doing something that he really loves... flying.
Freeman was busted in late 2004 for an altitude deviation while
flying though the very busy and very demanding airspace around
non-GA friendly Teterboro airport. The FAA went after him
aggressively and rather than allow for what would have made sense
in such circumstances, namely remedial training, they insisted on a
license suspension. The FAA was trying to ramrod a 90 day
suspension, but reportedly settled with Freeman on a 45 day
Freeman noted that, "They wanted to give me a 90-day suspension.
I said, `I'm just learning how to fly and 90 days is too long not
to fly.' My lawyers got involved and they agreed on a 45-day
suspension and asked me when I would like to take them."
"I thought that was fair because it is important to keep current
- too much time off flying is not good; it's not like riding a
bicycle. You can get back and fly the airplane but it's always
better where you can reach for the right instrument without
thinking about it."
"So I did my 45 days when I was working and I couldn't fly
anyway. They sent my license back and now I'm flying again."
Welcome back Morgan, y'all keep a sharp on your altitude -- and
keep a sharper eye out for the Feds...
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