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This is a rhetorical question because of his powers as a US Senator but why isn't anyone talking about how horrible a pilot he is?
This fella landed a plane on a closed runway in Texas, endangering the lives of men and their equipment on the runway with a big X on it. He didn't even get a briefing to know of the closure. He landed then took off again to avoid hitting a truck then landed again down runway.
This guy is textbook "hazardous attitudes" and has no business calling himself a pilot.
He received a slap on the wrist in the form of remedial training which probably means going to have lunch with a CFI buddy one afternoon in his twin Cessna.
What would have happened to us mere mortals if we had done something so stupid?
Now the Senator is introducing a Pilot's Bill of Rights... which may be a good thing but he's doing it for the wrong reasons.
I realize he has been an advocate for GA but isn't he doing us more harm than good?
Excellent question - people are talking about it. I wrote a letter to EAA asking them why they chose to reward him with a speaking spot at AirVenture to promote his Pilot's Bill of Rights when he's been largely unapologetic about his egregious and unsafe flying acts.
I did receive a very nice, prompt response that evening from EAA's VP of Government Relations. Boiling down his comments in short, he essentially said: we need to focus on the positive aspects of the bill, and not necessarily on who is pushing it. Many of these reforms are things EAA, AOPA, and other groups have been fighting for for years so we have to jump at the chance even if we disapprove of the Senator's conduct. Sometimes in Washington we don't have the liberty of picking our allies.
I appreciate EAA's candor on this issue, but I still think Senator Inhofe deserves to be held more accountable for his arrogant attitude and unsafe flying practices. I also think it's more than a little hypocritical for Senator Inhofe to be fighting for fair treatment of pilots in enforcement proceedings, when it's clear to any unbiased observer that the "remedial training" was a slap on the wrist for such a hazardous and unapologetic violation of the FAR's.