As he swooped

I didn’t have much sympathy for the aforementioned pilot who violated restricted airspace. I could see that it’s important to keep small planes away from the President.

Then I read further in the article:

  • The no-fly perimeter around the President’s Waco ranch ranges from 6 miles (when the President isn’t there) to 30 miles and anywhere in between. It is rarely apparent to pilots in advance just what the perimeter is.

  • Officials expect a violation nearly every other day while Bush is in Texas.
  • Since 9/11, the government has added 35 restricted areas — none of which are depicted on FAA aeuonautical charts.

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