Suspicious Cessna Gets F-15 Escort In Florida | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On YouTube

Airborne-Unlimited-05.16.22

Airborne-UnCrewed-05.17.22

Airborne-Unlimited-05.18.22

Airborne-Flt Training-05.19.22

Airborne Unlimited-05.20.22

Sun, Jan 03, 2010

Suspicious Cessna Gets F-15 Escort In Florida

Jets Summoned When Pilot Refused To Comply With ATC

Jean-Claude Courtois took off from BKV Thursday in his newly-purchased Cessna Conquest 425 only to be escorted back down by two F-15s less than an hour later.  The French-speaking pilot refused to respond to ATC, causing enough concern that the jets were dispatched to encourage him to land.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the CFI at American Aviation at Hernando County Airport (BKV) that gave Courtois a check-ride on his new Conquest suggested he get more training and improve his English skills prior to flying.  When a translator explained the comments to Courtois, he reportedly became indignant and proceeded to take off without obtaining clearance.

The CFI contacted Tampa FAA and was redirected to Tampa Airport Approach to voice his concerns about the flight.  When Courtois did not respond to requests from ATC, NORAD sent two F-15s from Homestead AFB to intercept the aircraft and force it to land immediately.

Capt. Sharbe Clark of NORAD said Courtois complied with the requests of the F-15 pilots.  "Once the jets got up there, they requested that he land and he did", Clark said. "We're not really sure what happened, why he didn't respond."

Courtois landed at Everglades Jet Park in Collier County about an hour after takeoff where he was questioned and released.  The sheriff's office says he won't face criminal charges.

The incident was "blown out of proportion," Hernando County Airport Director Don Silvernell told the Tampa Tribune.  "It was his plane and he left with it."

FMI: www.FAA.gov, www.NORAD.mil

Advertisement

More News

FAST! USAF Tests Hypersonic Weapon... Successfully

US Technology Finally Catching Up... A USAF B-52H Stratofortress successfully released an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, off the Southern California coast, M>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.17.22)

“I had no reason to feel rushed or that I would ‘fall out of the sky... I knew I had time to analyze what was happening and make the appropriate decision. The peace of >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.22): Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP)

Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP) A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure printed for pilot use in textual or graphic form to provide obstruction clearance v>[...]

Aero-FAQ: Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories -- ITBOA BNITBOB

Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories ITBOA BNITBOB ... what does that mean? It's not gibberish, it's a lengthy acronym for "In The Business Of Aviation ... But Not In The Busine>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.18.22): Offshore/Control Airspace Area

Offshore/Control Airspace Area That portion of airspace between the U.S. 12 NM limit and the oceanic CTA/FIR boundary within which air traffic control is exercised. These areas are>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2022 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC