Also Charged With Carrying Passenger, Low-Level Aerobatics
The student pilot who
flew over a high school football game last fall is on the receiving
end of an FAA emergency revocation of his student pilot
The FAA reports Raymond E. Kennedy Jr. stole a Cessna 172 took
off from Marshfield airport and buzzed the stadium where the
homecoming football game between Marshfield and Rhinelander high
schools was underway. He then flew to nearby Neillsville, before
returning to Marshfield.
Kennedy's flight on September 30 violated nine FAA regulations,
the Marshfield (WI) News-Herald reports. Those violations included
low flight and acrobatics over an open air assembly of persons
below 1,000 feet, carrying a passenger -- and discharging that
passenger on an active runway while the aircraft was still
operating, and flying at night without the proper endorsement.
Kennedy, who was 16 at the time of the incident, also dropped
confetti on the crowd at the game, according to the FAA order to
pull his ticket.
As both Kennedy and his still-unidentified passenger were
minors, authorities did not release their names. In a letter to the News-Herald last
October, however, Kennedy owned up to his crime.
"It was never my
intention to scare or terrorize any of the fans or players at any
time. The fly-over was a prank intended to enlighten the crowd's
spirit and to have a fun Homecoming," he wrote. "I have now seen
several different perspectives of my stunt, all of which were never
Kennedy, who at the time worked at the Marshfield airport, had
soloed about three months before the incident. Airport manager
Harold "Duffy" Gaier said Kennedy had access to aircraft, as well
as the keys.
Kennedy has until March 5 to appeal the order, which also
includes charges of reckless endangerment. He declined comment