State Officials Claim Flights Over Frankfort Are Security
the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) told Aero-News last
week objections from the organization's members to a proposed
no-fly zone around the Kentucky state capital grounds in Frankfort
have brought assurances from the state's governor that he would not
support any such airspace restrictions.
The issue came to the attention of the EAA in December 2005,,
when Kentucky resident John Patterson alerted EAA Industry and
Regulatory Affairs that Kentucky State Senator Julian Carroll had
proposed a resolution, BR 66, asking the FAA to restrict flights
over the state capitol for national security reasons.
EAA contacted the Senator and other key state officials --
including Governor Ernie Fletcher -- to stop what the organization
calls an "unwarranted action against the national airspace system
On December 21, EAA also distributed an alert to Kentucky
members, who responded in force urging Senator Carroll to stop
using general aviation as a security scapegoat and to drop the
The EAA received a letter dated January 9, 2006 from Brett C.
Hall, Kentucky director of communications and planning, on behalf
of Governor Fletcher's office.
"Let me assure you that Governor Fletcher does not support
Senate Resolution Number BR 66," read the letter, in part.
However, the measure is by no means buried: the resolution
appears to have since become Senate Bill SR 9. Although recent
reports indicate the proposed bill has been dropped, it still
appears on the Kentucky Legislature website as an active bill
before the Senate State and Local Government subcommittee as of
Senator Carroll, of course, is a member of that subcommittee.