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Posted on 04/20/2011 5:07:40 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
FAA Announces New Rules Following Aborted Landing of First Lady's Plane
Published April 20, 2011 | FoxNews.com
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new procedures following the aborted landing of a presidential plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama that flew too close to a military cargo jet on Monday.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the agency will start requiring a supervisor to monitor movements of flights involving the vice president and first lady, just as the FAA already requires for flights carrying President Obama.
"As of today, we are making the same supervisor oversight requirement for (vice president and first lady) flights in the D.C. area and at their destinations where possible," she said.
The announcement comes as both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board launch investigations into the incident. It marked the latest embarrassment for the FAA, which is trying to tamp down growing anxiety over flying after suspending nine air traffic controllers and supervisors across the country in recent weeks, including five for sleeping on the job.
Monday's mishap didn't involve a sleeping air traffic controller. Instead, the civilian controller at the regional radar facility in Warrenton, Va., allowed the Obama plane to get too close to an Air Force C-17 plane landing in front of it at Andrews Air Force Bace.
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“You can’t tell me where to go! Do you know who I am? When I say GO, you GO!!!”
It was that wide load of wookie butt that the Veep aircraft was carrying that caused it to drift, kinda like doing an axle grind with a skateboard in high winds.
wide body alert
Laura Bush never complained and demanded an ‘announcement’.
It’s OK for the peasants to be put at risk by sleeping flight controllers, but not Her Majesty.
Much ado about nothing...
Predictably, this will be the start of a new trend. How about all those Cabinet Secretaries? And the Czars? And the leaders of House and Senate?
And the planes carrying special pizzas to the White House on entertainment nights? It would be terrible if one of those crashed.
Notice how quickly they jumped on this when The Queen’s safety became involved? Welcome to Uraguay.
On her way home from the OPRAH show!
Frig-gin Air Force jet in the way!
The only collision the Wookie wants to have is with a hamburger truck.
This isn’t a big deal... if I had a dollar for every time I either had to initiate a go around myself because of one reason or another of I was told to go around by the tower due to spacing or plane/equipment on the runway I could buy a 737...
Ah, but some animals are more equal than others.
Let’s see... we could come up with a solution that would benefit every airline passenger in the nation, or we could come up with a solution that would only benefit one person who’s politically connected. Ooooh, hard call...
Yeah, exactly. They’re not interested in solving the problem, just in making sure nobody important dies from it.
Exactly the case here.
What if the supervisor is sleeping?