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Monday, May 23, 2005
  Of all people he should have known better.
CNN.com - FAA revokes license of pilot who flew too near White House - May 23, 2005: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has revoked the license of the pilot in charge of the small plane that strayed to within three miles of the White House on May 11, forcing the panicked evacuation of thousands of people from the executive mansion, Capitol and Supreme Court.

Though hundreds of people have mistakenly flown into Washington's restricted airspace, this was believed to be the first such revocation.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it had issued an emergency revocation of Hayden L. Sheaffer's pilot's license because he 'constitutes an unacceptable risk to safety in air commerce.'

The agency said no action would be taken against Sheaffer's student, who was also in the plane.

'This action reflects the seriousness in which we view all restricted airspace violations and, in this case, the level of incursion into restricted airspace,' said FAA spokesman Greg Martin."

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Let's just speculate for a minute on the underwear to crap ratio that you, as a novice pilot would feel, when agressively confronted by armed attack helicopters and other assorted goodies. Frankly for a flight instructor to be that stupid, does not fill one with confidence in his overall skill-set.
The student, 36-year-old Troy Martin, who had logged only 30 hours of flight time, had control of the small Cessna single engine plane when a U.S. Customs Service Black Hawk helicopter and a Citation jet intercepted it.
 
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