Skip to comments.Passengers tattle on pilot after ride in stolen jet
Posted on 10/13/2005 2:12:10 AM PDT by HAL9000
Imagine taking a joyride with five friends a fine trip, covering 400 or so miles, the sort of nighttime jaunt where the lights of towns and cities below twinkle like diamonds tossed across black velvet.
Then imagine that trip coming to a rude conclusion when your five fellow travelers finger you as the guy who stole that ride, a $7 million Cessna Citation VII.
That's the situation facing Daniel Andrew Wolcott of Buford. Police arrested him Wednesday and charged him with taking the airplane, boosted from St. Augustine, Fla., last weekend and flown to Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field.
Wolcott, 22, is facing five misdemeanor counts and one felony charge in Gwinnett for the alleged theft. He may face more, too: Federal officials and Florida authorities are considering filing charges.
Police said Wolcott has a commercial-rated pilot's license, but is not licensed to fly the Cessna, a sophisticated machine that can climb eight miles into the sky and exceed 500 mph.
Wolcott, said police spokesman Darren Moloney, "apparently is a talented and gifted pilot."
With security breaches like this who needs hijackers?
I would like to see this guy's log book. Something about the whole story just doesn't make sense. Horrible article in that it gives precious little information. Just saying he has a 'commerical-rated pilot's license' does not tell the reader anything, other than the fact the writer is woefully ignorant of the world of aviation.
The more I think about it, the less I accept the story at face value. Unless he has time in this kind of aircraft, but you certainly won't know about that from reading the article, I would consider it highly unlikely that he was able to taxi the aircraft, take off, make the trip and then land at the other end. I would also like some more info on the damage to the wing.
Oh well, let's wait and see if someone with some writing talent and knowledge of the subject decides to cover the story.
how did they get home? how did they get out of the airport? how did the kid know what airport to fly into at that time of night?
I read another article that said the airport they landed at was unmanned at the time (smaller airports are after certain hours, usually after midnight).
how did the kid know what airport to fly into at that time of night?
Planes do have navigation radio stacks. I suspect this one probably even had a GPS receiver in it as well.
Bloggers are slowly taking over the media and there will soon be no more traditional newspapers at all. We will soon be filtering our own news through proven bloggers onto portable devices.
When you're young, stupid, have a pilot's license and no brains, you can do just about anything at least once. At the time, five or six guys sitting around a table at TGIFridays, bragging about what could be done, it may have seemed like something "cool" to do. I thank god every day that the Army had a hold of my britches when I was that age.
You would have thought he would have at least returned the plane.
Ya know, I'll bet that was the plan (I use the word 'plan' loosely). He was probably lucky and glad to get it on the ground and that's when the 'plan' changed.
Yes, come to think of it he bonged up a wing, probably didn't want to chance getting it back in the air that way.
First, they were on the ground and wishing they were in the air.
Second, they were in the air and wishing they were on the ground.
There was no third act except to figure out how to get back to Florida.
Facing five misdemeanor counts?? The one felony charge is in GA. Pathetic article. Surely he will be put UNDER the jail for this one.
Before he goes to jail he should be allowed to go to Savannah
and have his picture taken on a park bench. He could caption it,
"Stupid is as stupid does!"
It would look nice on his cell wall.
I worked for a major daily newspaper and was appalled at the ignorance of the reporters. Even worse was their refusal to learn anything that would help them write a better article. One of the higher up editors was a pilot and made a big deal about his love of flying and all his time and experience but every article that dealt with aviation had at least one, usually several, glaring errors that should have driven him up the wall.
Much of what ails newsrooms these days is a fixation on PC that results in far more effort being made to be 'diverse' and PC than to write a good article. So many of the outlets are owned by huge conglomerates that the time and energy needed to handle the corporate environment leaves little time for journalism.
Yeah, and they kept me in the field most of the time until I grew a few more brain cells.
Still did enough stupid stuff to fill a book when I was off duty.
IMO, all of this is a reflection of the failure of our schools. Kids are not learning proper English and they are definitely not learning proper writing skills. But I am not proposing bigger and more expensive schools. That is NOT the answer. You can only teach a child that WANTS to learn. The ones who don't care and won't try are dragging the whole system down with them.
On the other hand just the cost of the fuel burned on a four hour flight should make it a felony theft.
And fuel, I imagine, limited their return to Florida.
The Army didn't completely straighten my out. In the early 70s I was in an Air Cav Squadron at Fort Knox. Once a pilot passed his Standard Instrument ride he could take a Huey for a weekend. I ran the program and I had just past a fellow from Michigan. My home state also. Off we go. I dropped him off near Lansing and I flew to Hillsdale single pilot (illegal). First I buzzed my classmates at the lake where the 10th year HS reunion was going on and then I landed at my moms property where my brother had a makeshift "H" in the grass. Of course he had invited all the neighbors. I remember thinking, "am I nuts?" as I visualized a destroyed career. Here but for the grace of . . . I didn't break anything or get arrested.
A few weeks later a friend of mine took a Huey to the Detroit area and decided to put it down on an elementary school yard near his home. School was in session and the police arrested him. The squadron commander put an end to the policy of rewarding those who got their intrument tickets.
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.
The young man may well not have been type rated, that does not preclude him from not having logged time in that type aircraft. When times were less strict, a friend of mine flew for thirty years and never had a license.
how right you are. btw, a similar thing happened to a friend of mine in high school. his father was a real airline pilot, so by 15 or so this guy had his own pilots license. so what did he do? he goes to the airport and steals a plane, no kidding. it was a cessna however. police copters chased him for about an hour, he just kept circling our city. i would post his name, but i think all should be forgiven a transgression or two in the right circumstances. btw, all of us in the high school thought he was the biggest dork until he did this silly thing.
Somehow, I don't think that the FAA will be letting Wolcott keep his license or commercial rating, after having stolen a plane that he wasn't qualified on.
There is a transcript of an American airline crash in South America that is available on the internet. On the cockpit recorder they are discussing the fact that neither has a clue as to where they. It is night and then they violate a basic rule, they did not climb to MEA, flew it into a mountain.
Both had many thousands of hours.
Remember, it's not the plane going down that kills you...it's the impact.
Is that a little 2 passenger tube and fabric plane with a 60hp continental?
I think it was Mark Twain who said that a reporter could do research in the library and investigate, or he could simply repeat what people told him -- but both approaches pay the same.
Did he lose his license?
I'd also like to see his logbook ,but meanwhile here's a little more.
Airmen Database Search Result
Name : WOLCOTT, DANIEL ANDREW
Airman's Address : 1750 HUNTINGTON HILL TRCE
BUFORD, GA, 30519-7120
FAA Region : Southern
Date of Medical : Aug, 2004
Class of Medical : 2
Expiration of Class 2 : Aug, 2005
Airman Certificates : Commercial Pilot
Airplane Single and Multi Engine Land
"Both had many thousands of hours."
Geez, hoe about that clown on the taxi way at Tenirife who simply decided, in a heavy fog, that it was HIS turn to take off and the hell with the tower and the flight on the runway at the time? Hours? In the end experience can't help the stupid.
"Surely he will be put UNDER the jail for this one."
In the basement? What the hell does UNDER the jail mean?
It means there will be concrete above you and you'll never get out.
It turned out that there was a Christian group going around to the prisons to try to convert them to Christianity and clowns were a very minor part of what they were doing. In fact, it appears that actual circus clowns were never involved at all.
But reporters are always looking for something sensational and they try not to let facts get in the way of a good story that might get their article featured on the front page.
I remember my last interaction with a newspaper reporter. We were "Freeping" Bill Clinton here in Boston back around the 1998 timeframe. A reporter was sent out to "cover" our protest. We met him at a downtown bar where he was having a beer. He asked us a few rote questions and to my knowledge, he never came out out of that bar at all to see us in action. The next day, were were mentioned in just a few perfunctory sentences in the article concerning Clinton's visit and we were passed off as a small minority of rabblerousers. Your basic mainstream media hackjob.
You need to reply to REPANDPROUDOFIT. I was only answering your question.
This piece may be of interest to you.
"I was only answering your question."
How can you be sure thats what he meant?
Not being a Bush Bot, I am not that sure of anything.
Friend of mine used to fly one of those small one seat planes (they typically are used for crop dusting), and he would take off early in the morning on Saturday's and fly to the neighboring town about 78 miles away and have coffee with the "morning coffee bunch" on Saturday mornings. Most of them were Ham Radio operators like him, and they knew each other really well.
He doesn't do that anymore ever since his hip started bothering him, as he can't operate the rudder pedals very well.
Is your ticket up to date?
Maybe, however he can kiss any license he has and future as a jet pilot good bye. If he's lucky, he may get to fly a crop duster some day
Wow! Quite an article. I was in Enterprise for about a year, but had no contact with anything like this.
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