Posted 13 December 2009 - 13:33
Obviously I don’t articulate very well (good thing I’m a much better pilot). To simplify, people (cops, pilots, criminals, civilians, politicians, non-animals) doing things (FLIR searching, looking, flying, broadcasting, minding one’s own business), which result in court actions (civil, criminal, administrative, the Judge Judy show) that are argued by lawyers (what is 5000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean signify), that effect what I do for a living (LE, Fire, EMS, ENG), in a negative fashion (not good for me or you). This is why I say, these issues (especially aviation related issues) are best left out of the courts. Furthermore, the true irony with this specific incident is that Gov Huckabee ARTICILATED his opinion which released this scumbag back into society.
IMHO, as long as a pilot does not fly in a careless and reckless manner with the intent to delay or obstruct an ALE mission, he is not committing said crime. BTW this is an ongoing issue with aerial firefighting. Again, IMHO my airborne LE mission does not trump anyone else’s mission just because I have a patch on my sleeve and wear a badge.
Lastly, as long as this pilot was flying within his rights and not in a careless or reckless manner and charges are in-fact filed, it will be an embarrassment to me as a professional aviator.