April 15, 2015
Contact: Steve Hedges
FREDERICK, MD – In response to Wednesday’s violation of the Washington D.C. airspace by an individual flying a gyrocopter, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has issued the following statement:
The violation of the Washington D.C. airspace by a single individual on Wednesday was an isolated incident, one that AOPA in no way condones. The willful violation of this airspace was carried out by an individual operating a self-described “flying bicycle.” His actions appear to be unsettled, and it is unacceptable that he chose to deliver his political statement by flagrantly violating the National Capital airspace. This person’s actions should in no way be associated with the law-abiding professional and recreational pilots who every day follow the rules and regulations of the national airspace system.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States. AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
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