Senator Inhofe Allowed To Keep License After Landing on Construction Site and Almost Killing Workers

Senator James Inhofe (R, Ok.) has remained the world’s most staunch critic of global warming — refusing even minor concessions on curbing pollution to reduce the danger. He appears to follow the same blind approach to flying. New released documents from the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that Inhofe intentionally landed landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport. The move reportedly endangered construction workers who had to scatter from his path as he “hopped” over them and at least six vehicles.

None of this was made public and no criminal charges were brought. That seems highly irregular since the FAA concluded that Inhofe, 76, did it intentionally and saw the giant X painted on the runway.

Inhofe was allowed to “complete a program of remedial training.” Lesson One, do not try to land aircraft on construction sites by hopping over workers and vehicles.

The supervisor at the scene, Sidney Boyd, is recorded as saying the pilot “scared the crap out of” workers and “damn near hit” a red truck. He added, “I think [the truck driver] actually wet his britches, he was scared to death. I mean, hell, he started trying to head for the side of the runway. The pilot could see him, or he should have been able to, he was right on him.” What is also most striking is that Boyd describes Inhofe as showing no sense of guilt. Instead, he seemed angry that his path was not cleared: “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’” In a second call, he added “He was determined to land on that runway come hell or high water evidently.” He added, “I’m still shaking…I was in the middle of the runway, I headed for high country.”

A later report from an air traffic controller put it succinctly: “N115 Echo Alpha landed right in the middle of them doing their work on runway 1331 and damn near killed somebody out there.”

Inhofe is quoted as dismissing the matter as “an old story.”

You can listen to the taped recordings on The Smoking Gun.

There was no public apology. No charge. He did not even get a nickname like “Get Off” Inhofe to warn future workers of his tendency have workers flee from his path.

For environmentalists, the temptation is a bit too great to argue that Inhofe flys the way he legislates: expecting God to make the controls. After calling global warming the “greatest hoax” in history, Inhofe added:

INHOFE: I think I was right on that, and I do believe — first off, let’s keep in mind, though, what the issue is. It’s not whether or not we’re going into a global warming period. We were. We’re not now. . . . You know, God’s still up there. We’re now going through a cooling spell. And the whole issue there was is it man-made gases, anthropogenic gases, CO2, methane. I don’t think so.

It appears you can also close your eyes as a pilot and just hop around obstacles.

Source: Smoking Gun as first seen on Reddit

62 thoughts on “Senator Inhofe Allowed To Keep License After Landing on Construction Site and Almost Killing Workers”

  1. Regulations of safe flying should be enforced much more strictly to avoid situations like these, which could give the passengers doubt and second guessing whether they should be flying.
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  2. A ride on the wild side.

    There have been some great aerobatic pilots, like
    Patty Wagstaff, Art Scholl, and Oscar Busch, that are
    absolute masters at aerobatics.

    And of course Sean.

  3. OS,

    Great video. And I had no idea Steve Morse was a former commercial pilot. He is one of my favorite guitarists.

  4. Bud, No on the airshow circuit. Insurance nightmares.

    Since everyone seemed to like that one, here is Sean D. Tucker to the music of Steve Morse. Steve is playing Air on a 6 String. He is a former airline pilot and friend of Sean.

    Sean D. Tucker was once invited for a VIP ride with the Blue Angels. When the slot pilot was told who his VIP passenger was going to be he is reported to have said, “You expect me to fly Sean D. Tucker? He is the best pilot in the world and you want him to fly in my back seat?” Blue Angel pilots are not known to be the panicky type, but to give Tucker a ride and “show him how its done” would intimidate any pilot.

    Here is Sean D. Tucker set to Air on a 6 String.

  5. OS,

    I am so glad that he got his license back. I did not know that.

    Is he still flying on the air show circuit.

    The last I heard is that he was fighting the FAA, but I never heard the outcome…

    Thanks for the update.

  6. Kay, pilots are not required to have insurance, but it is not a good idea to go bare.

    If you are a professional airshow pilot, the air show venue will require insurance. If you cannot be insured, no airshow will hire you.

  7. Bud, he got his license back, but because of the controversy he had a lot of trouble with insurance. As you probably suspect, I know more about that case than I wish I knew. It was two sick FAA people who said within hearing of others that, “Hoover has been around long enough.” and using a transparent excuse they thought his flying was not up to par that day, they proceeded to force him to undergo a battery of tests by a hired gun psychologist for the FAA, using an experimental test. He failed the test of course, after the chief medical examiner for the FAA at the time leaned on the psychologist. I still contend the psychologist should have had his license to practice jerked, but that did not happen.

    At any rate, Bob got his license back, but things were never the same again.

  8. Bob Hoover has always been the roll (sorry, someone had to say it)model that I have looked up to OS. He is simply fantastic. Too see him fly that Commander with absolute precision everytime is a thrill.

    I especially love the flying with the left hand and pouring the ice with the right while doing a roll. Incredible.

    I wish someone had given me advice about that years ago, like,
    DONT TRY THIS AT HOME…..

    I was especially sad to see the FAA yank his license too. I thought that was nothing but a power trip.

    Thanks for that vid..

  9. BIL, Bob is from Tennessee and is a true southern gentleman of the old school. Just the polar opposite of people like Inhofe.

  10. Bob Hoover is far too modest, OS.

    That was some wicked flying.

    And his tea pouring isn’t bad either.

  11. Raff, do you think that this old guy, Bob Hoover, would land on a closed runway because he was showing someone the cockpit controls?

    As far as I know, the only time in his life and thousands of hours of flight time; the ONLY time he did not obey the tower was when he stole that German fighter.

  12. On a lighter note. Here is my friend Bob Hoover with his old airshow routine. The airplane he is flying is an ordinary six-passenger business aircraft called the Shrike Commander. Bob was an fighter pilot in WW-II, was shot down and was a POW for a time. He was sent to Stalag Luft I but escaped by stealing a Focke-Wulf FW-190. The FW-190 was one of the premier German fighter planes, but Bob managed to get in one, start the engine and take off. Needless to say, he did not have clearance from the tower. Later he became a test pilot and after that an air show pilot. He was famous for using a standard twin engine general aviation airplane in an engine out routine. Here is Bob Hoover doing what he does best. BTW, he was born in 1922. You can do the math.

  13. bedaman, I first heard that 911 call abut 8 years ago and it remains one of my favorites, thanks for the redux.

  14. raff: You would be largely correct. The only time there is likely to be a joint investigation is if a civilian aircraft is involved or if the accident happened at a civilian airport.

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