July 2005 Issue

First Word: 07/05

Lessons from Submarine Commanders
A lot of us like to think that “the face of general aviation” is embodied by those well-scrubbed wannabes you see in the Be-A-Pilot ads on cable TV. Alternatively, you might find “the face of general aviation” in the Wings seminars at AOPA Expo, or on the flight line at Sun ‘n Fun or Oshkosh. But you’d be wrong.

Unfortunately, the face of general aviation now belongs to Hayden “Jim” Sheaffer, the hapless PIC of the Cessna 150 that breached the Washington ADIZ in May, sending federal institutions scurrying for cover. Shortly afterward, Mr. Sheaffer appeared with his attorney on the Today Show to answer FAA charges that could result in certific...

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