Skip to comments.Private planes, private no more
Posted on 08/25/2011 1:04:07 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules
"Both general aviation and commercial aircraft use the public airspace and air traffic control facilities, and the public has a right to information about their activities." Oh, please. We all use public streets and sidewalks, which doesn't mean the police have a right to monitor our movements and let the world know where we go.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
It seems the only pilots who might not file flight plans would be drug smugglers.
That can’t be right/s
Can you please just put your comments in the comment section instead of the actual article?
They want to know what we are doing every second of the day.
Ever wonder why they are so damned determined to let Mexican trucks into the nation? It’s so they can then order all trucking to submit to instantaneous tracking.
Why let people from terrorist nations in here? Because it helps with the claim that we have to look at women’s privates in airports.
It’s a rigged game. We lose.
The rest of the article if you don’t want to go to the leftist rag. I don’t know if it can be posted or not so here it is.
“Anyone who drives much in states with tollways has learned to love those transponders that let you whiz through without stopping to hand over your cash. It doesn’t bother most of us that the government could use the signals to track our travels. But how about if the government posted that information online for anyone with an Internet connection?
If that gives you the creeps, it should. A key element of privacy is keeping control of such personal information. But the federal government is showing a flagrant disregard for that trivial concern.
The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else’s travel itinerary, you can do it.
To have their information kept out of public view, airplane owners have to provide “written certification of a valid security threat.” Otherwise, they’re out of luck. But why shouldn’t people be allowed privacy even when it’s not essential for their safety?
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has no good excuse for the change. “Both general aviation and commercial aircraft use the public airspace and air traffic control facilities, and the public has a right to information about their activities.” Oh, please. We all use public streets and sidewalks, which doesn’t mean the police have a right to monitor our movements and let the world know where we go.
General aviation groups aren’t happy, and who can blame them? “There can be no legitimate reason for a government agency to facilitate the monitoring of wholly private activity by anyone with an internet connection,” said Ed Bolen, head of the National Business Aviation Association.
But under LaHood’s policy, Big Brother will be watching. And so will anyone else who wants to.
Flight safety needs regulation of flight plans for obvious reasons. However, that being said, there is no legitimate reason at all for this information to be made public.
Which means that we should all expect an *illegitimate* reason, as of yet unspecified. That is, *who* would want this information for nefarious reasons? Think the usual suspects, such as political dirty tricks, labor unions, so that the MSM can follow and harass, or the good old fashioned reason that somebody can make money out of the deal that they couldn’t without government provided private information.
Oh, please! Don't give them any ideas! (Although I'm sure they're already hard at work developing plans for just such a thing!)
That is from the article. Go read it.
Obama wants insight into everything you do, but we cannot have insight into his college grades.
Fine. Then don’t edit the stupid article. Start it from the dam beginning.
By making this information public, it opens the information to all of the other branches of Big Brother. This is another Fascist end-around play on the privacy act laws. The more we get to know the mystery man Obama the more his "Change" grows big teeth.
It’s ok. The news papers use the public roads for delivery. We have the right to look inside their files and uncover everything they do.
Their right to say what they want will not be abriged, but all they do will be public knowledge
Which in this administration is likely to be one and the same.
I dunno... I own a BeechF33A Bonanza with a partner and I enjoy tracking his flights in our plane and vice versa. Flightaware.com is great!
Where did he insert his own comments in to the article?
Wrong. No flight plan is required in the US for almost all VFR flights.
It looks like SOMEONE has a little trouble qadmitting when they are wrong.
There is no rule that excerpts must start from the first sentence of a piece. Many people who post articles include excerpts from the ‘meat’ of an article or editorial.
Are you going to curse at ALL of them?
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