- As he swooped over the rich cotton fields beside the Brazos River in his crop-dusting plane last week, Sam Muse thought his biggest worry was whether he had enough insecticide aboard to finish spraying for boll weevils.
THEN HE LANDED at a nearby airport and was handcuffed to await the Secret Service. Unbeknownst to him, he and his bright yellow airplane had flown into the middle of a 20-mile no-fly zone set up that morning to protect President Bush during an economic summit at nearby Baylor University.
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.