September 25, 2002
University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University Football Tickets: $50
"Go Blue!" Tee shirt for your 9-year-old son: $20
Peace of mind knowing the skies are safe above: Priceless
Let's keep our sports fans safe by Keeping aircraft away from stadiums
On any given Sunday hundreds of thousands of Americans file into stadiums to cheer for their football team. The same is true for baseball games, NASCAR races, and college football games throughout the country. These stadiums and the fans that fill them are sitting targets. After September 11th, all of these stadiums increased their security on the ground. They perform extensive searches of the individuals and vehicles entering the stadiums to ensure everyone's safety. We need to protect them from above as well.
During game days, the skies above our Nation's stadiums should be free of circling planes. Restricting the airspace above stadiums will give all Americans a greater peace of mind and raise the level of safety and security.
Even if the terrorist attacks of September 11 never occurred, outdoor venues packed with many thousands of spectators are no place for pilots towing banners. An aerial accident could be a disaster. Accidents have occurred before. And they could certainly happen again. For example, a plane buzzed Memorial Stadium, in Maryland, approximately fifteen minutes after the conclusion of an NFL game. The plane came in from the open end of the field at the press box level, could not pull up quick enough, and hit the upper deck about half way up. There was also a near mid-air collision between two banner aircraft flying over Veterans Stadium, in Philadelphia, during an NFL game. As a result, one of the planes was forced to make an emergency landing.
Stadium security officials have enough to worry about without air traffic. The fans should be able to watch the games without having fears from above.
This week, I plan to introduce a measure that will effectively ban flights over major sporting events. This legislation will NOT have adverse effects on commercial flights, military, or law enforcement aircraft.
If you would like to join me in keeping our stadiums safe, sign on as an original cosponsor of this important legislation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly or have your staff contact Michael Beckerman of my office at 5.3761.
Fred Upton Member of Congress
September 25, 2002
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>