Thu, Feb 23, 2006
It's happened again... Monday, in the skies over Auburn Hills,
MI an unidentified pilot was hustled out of restricted airspace as
President Bush visited the United Solar Ovonic plant.
A pair of F-16s from nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base --
the same base where Air Force One had landed earlier in the day --
were deployed to direct the intruder away from the restricted
airspace. Both jets reportedly popped off a couple of flares to get
the GA pilot's attention, then followed the aircraft outside the
NOTAM 6/2043 was in effect at
the time. The FAA published the TFR the Friday before.
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory told the Associated Press
the pilot faces a range of possible consequences over the
"If we find a violation we will look at the penalties," she
said. They can range from a letter of correction to a certificate
President Bush was visiting the plant, which makes solar cells,
as part of his recent stumping for alternative energy sources.
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