I R O N I M U S writes…
May you, dear reader, forgive me this ramble of emotions, upon the glorious news reports on a seaplane, which violated one of the dozens of Presidential TFR’s covering our great country, this time in Seattle, Washington. “Ironimus” was an anonymous German newspaper character, who oftentimes shared his displeasure about the happenings (or the lack thereof) around him, sometimes in an amazingly direct way. Thousands of people read his weekly column, it is said that the newspaper, I grew accustomed to reading, weekly, had many readers who would read the “Ironimus” before and after reading the newspaper, just to clear and de-clutter their minds from all the rubbish.
“We just landed, sailed in here, nice and peaceful, pulled up to the dock and a guy came out and said I have some bad news for you guys,” said Joseph. “Obama is in town and you guys violated the air space or something.”
Our President was traveling – again – like so many times before. Maybe he was on an economic stimulus trip, maybe he is testing the shrimps in the State of Washington for oil residue, who knows! Who cares?! What many do not know, is that whenever Mr. President fires up the good ol’ lady “Airforce One”, Aviation as we know it comes to a screeching halt, usually anywhere within 30 Miles around him. That’s normal. When we Pilots manage to convince the savings piggy bank to spit out enough to partially fill our empty tanks with highly taxed Aviation Avgas, we usually do a few things, to assure our proposed flight can be done so, safely. We wiggle things, make sure nothing is falling off, we look up at the sky, trying to find out if “Petrus” the weather god may intent to strike us out of the sky, in many cases we call what we previously knew as “Flight Service” (that’s long ago, when friendly FAA people with local knowledge could answer questions) and get a “Briefing”. These days we call “Lockheed Martin” which employs people to do that, and they may tell us everything from weather, runways and taxiway conditions, to the status of navigational facilities across our route of flight. If we have access to a phone or the glorious internet, that is…
When N180CD took off and headed towards Kenmore Air’s shut down operations (supposedly $50.000 in the hole for Mr. Presidents visit and subsequent cease of all aviation) they may or may not have had access to this information. Hard to say – and probably best answered in citing a statement from an Aviator of the early hour: “I shall not judge the actions or the lack of actions on behalf of a fellow airman, for my inability to see clearly what he saw, after all I WAS NOT THERE!” Is the information readily available? Yes & No. But that’s not the point… besides, there will be enough fellow airmen condemning the negligence, yelling FOUL and several self declared judges will storm out and call for the pilots certificate…
The point and cause for my selecting the “double face palm” above is the irony in the kind of reaction we have grown to expect from our own Government, should we interfere or collide with the Presidents recreational or business & show travel. And… he travels a bunch! Next is Martha’s Vineyard… It’s downright scary! The reason for the visit was this, according to King 5, who has been covering this whole shebang from the start:
“President Barack Obama on Tuesday stumped for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle on a three-day campaign swing for endangered Democrats, accusing Republicans of thwarting efforts to help small business owners by repeatedly blocking tax breaks for them.”
Here we are! We launched two MULTIMILLION DOLLAR airplanes to protect our President, visiting Seattle, (thereby shutting businesses down!!!) to STUMP for some Senator who is lost in another local case of the TAIL WAGGING WITH THE DOG! “Ironimous” would have a coronary! Not only did we launch the jets, we allowed them to scare our poor citizens to DUCK and seek shelter, by sending them towards a small privately owned airplane with a SUPERSONIC BOOM! The ground supposedly shook (that’s quite normal) and people got really scared (that’s not or should not be all that normal) after all, not too long ago sounds from Military Jets were considered the SOUND OF FREEDOM). Also not too long ago, Airforce One herself caused New Yorker’s to belly flop and scream 911 (the lines got overloaded there again, what a sign!) when we flew another senseless photo mission nobody knew about! I am not a very political person, usually.But come to think of it… they didn’t even get there in time!!
With increasing frequency we the people who stand on the sidelines, watch in pure amazement what is happening to our country, witness a tremendous process. After all, EVERYBODY is considered a potential threat to the President. Not to long ago, I got the better part of getting “close” to a Presidential TFR, and I was even fully aware of it! You do not actually have to penetrate a hard-line airspace boundary to get called to the carpet, though! While the word close cannot be defined, the difference between close and inside, can be defined. Another scary point is that the fighters who shook taxpayers out of bed there, burned thousands of dollars of jet fuel that had better been donated to Kenmore, as “economic stimulus” for derailing several hundred passengers and shutting the place down for the day. I feel sad for the pilot and his passenger, and all the press they have to deal with, but the most sorry I feel for the fooled taxpayer, who is made believe that in today’s world EVERYONE could bring harm to a President. No matter how small, slow, or realistically non dangerous the intruder may be, we reserve the right & are willing (!!) to shoot them down, based on a BLIND & ARROGANT assumption that EVERYONE, American or not, is just another undiscovered Terrorist. That’s a shame – if you ask Ironimus!
Maybe its time to apply some common sense – to travels, golfing, gulfing and the general agenda of dividing our country between right and left. Maybe it’s time to stop and think. Maybe it’s time to go deep and wonder why some idiocy ridden politics and the show effects of playing them keep (y)our citizens caught divided between amazement and utter distress. More work – less show. Airforce One could use a break, too! Wash and wax it, maybe? Check the tires, too.
Prediction: At the going rate of incursions and the utterly harsh reactions to them, I predict the first General Aviation Aircraft to be FATALLY SHUT DOWN by fighter planes carrying the same American flag before 2012 (that’s when the end of the world rolls around, don’t forget) While somewhere in this country, some poor citizen will suffer an untimely death by his/ her house being collapsed from the hunting fighter jet going supersonic, we will see tragedy, before long. Meanwhile, lets STUMP and make a big show. Meanwhile, lets classify everyone a terrorist. Hunt them!
Fly safe & check for TFR’s, he could be coming to your neck of the woods tomorrow to help some fellow struggling “endangered” Democrat! Remember, Martha’s Vineyard is next, but he could go anywhere, at anytime.In case you wonder how to do that, see the attached file: NOTAMS – your Government accepts NO EXCUSES, and you can rest assured that once a sidewinder is launched to take you and all your negative intentions out of the sky – THERE WILL BE NO PRISONERS!