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A pilot’s revenge



Credit: Brad Gregg

The saga of what future generations of grateful aviators might well refer to as Inhofecare began two years ago. That’s when the good senator, a pilot himself, had a run-in with the FAA when he landed his plane on a closed runway in Texas, scaring the bejesus out of some workers he narrowly missed. The incident ended with Inhofe having to undergo remedial flight training.

Clearly this whole thing was the FAA’s fault in the first place, so Inhofe took a stand. He introduced a bill to guarantee the fair treatment of pilots, giving them the right to appeal FAA actions in court and
granting them greater access to tower communications, among other

Actually, the measure sounds fairly reasonable for legislation
that arose from a guy who was pissed because he had to brush up on his
piloting skills.

Inhofe said he was pleased that the bill now awaits President Obama’s signature to be signed into law.

bill … ensures that pilots are, like everyone else, treated in a fair
and equitable manner by the justice system,” he said.

almost everyone else. While the fairness and equality of Inhofe’s ideal
justice system might not extend to same-sex marriages or reproductive
rights, surely we can all agree on the fundamental right to land our
Cessnas wherever we damn well please.

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