Re: Peace in our homes
by Karen Ramsey
July 26, 2004
I read with empathy Mr. Jirschele's letter bemoaning the situation
regarding float planes flying too low over homes on Pennock
Island. Many pilots are also notorious for cutting
corners over the Point Higgins area where they are not in
a takeoff or landing pattern. Seems to me it's just a matter
of time before one of these planes (or helicopters) crashes
into a residential area.
I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Jirschele's statement, "I
wish someone would blow the dust off the old agreement and have
the gentlemen and gentlewomen of the Tongass Aircraft Pilots
Association sign it again." I called a local carrier
the other day to protest after my home was buzzed by one of their
planes flying so low I could clearly see the numbers on it.
I had previously been advised that if the plane's number
is readable as it's flying over, then it is too low.
And yes, many people like to sleep in past 6:00 a.m. on Sunday
mornings, and inconsiderate pilots flying too low should
be taken to task. I can't believe the gall of some
of the pilots' reactions to complaints! Such comments
make it clear that it's less a problem due to high fuel costs
or time considerations than plain and simple disregard for residents.
I'm sure there are plenty of others who are upset by this,
as well. Thank you to Pacific Airways and to other pilots
and carriers who perform their jobs professionally!
Thank you too, Mr. Jirschele, for bringing this annoyance to
light in a public forum.
Ward Cove, AK - USA
Peace in our homes by Patrick Jirschele - Ketchikan,
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