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.