This group dead?
- Just finished talking to an examiner I know. He related a story about a pilot he knows, who had the FAA ramp check him at a farm field. He was the only aircraft, it wasn't even a fly in. It is true you can deny the FAA access to private property. But they can also call local law enforcement, who have every right to go on your property and invite the FAA in if anything is amiss. SP has made many local law enforcement people much more aware. It only takes one 911 call and complaint from anyone. Someone must have seen you flying the illegal aircraft, cause there is no rule against owning one, but that doesn't have to be an FAA guy. It can be local cops. The thing about FAA oversight is the relentlessness of their work. Once a dime is dropped to them, they must investigate, and their manual requires all manner of methods. There is a section on how to interview you, with emphasis on putting you at ease, so you will feel comfortable and divulge more. It's nothing like your friendly UL Org. Miserable. I'd sure like to know who that jerk of a DAR (in the post below) was, who would rat out someone to the FAA instead of just talking to them first. Not fun to fly in an atmosphere of fear and suspicion.
--- In FLY-UL@yahoogroups.com, "mark47620" <mark@...> wrote:
> --- In FLY-UL@yahoogroups.com, Jerome Greuel <jerryjill@> wrote:
> > Not the case! My last airplane I had to have inspected by a local DAR. He
> > told me of the last airplane he inspected at the St. Cloud Airport when a
> > heavy 2 pax ultra light came in and he called 911 when the pilot could not
> > produce any paperwork. The sheriff deputy would not let the aircraft leave
> > and the matter was turned over to the local police and the FAA. The guy not
> > only had to pay a fine but had to take the aircraft apart and haul it out in
> > a truck. The DAR was very proud of doing his duty. Of course the pilot was
> > sticking way out there and asking for it. Anyone can call 911 and if that
> > happens it has to get investigated by all the powers that be. (FAA, NTSB,
> > local sheriff, police, etc) before it comes to rest. You do not want to be
> > in this position! Anyone with a cell phone can call 911 and start the whole
> > "you are guilty until proven innocent" process. Jerry
> Had a local FnAA type screw with a fat UL many years ago. Wasn't much different than the dozen or so at the airport but personalites were involved.
> FnAA wrote a letter to him , official kind with numerous threats of fines and seizure.
> Several friends followed FnAA to the local bar several nights in a row and one drunken night, also called their policeman firend to stop him down the road.
> Word got around just what happened but no proof. DUI got FnAA transferred to a desk job, not giving check rides,,,,,,,,,,,
> What goes around comes around,,,,,,,,,,,,,