Cites Incident At Teterboro, Says He's In Dutch With FAA
ANN Note: The following story has been reported
in recent general media coverage... though some of the details seem
to have been mashed up in translation. The quotes are particularly
intriguing... as we doubt that most licensed pilots would put
any such matter quite as has been reported. The quotes sure seem to
have been edited/assembled rather disjointedly by someone who
is not that familiar with aviation--especially for what we're
told by some sources is a routine altitude bust. The FAA confirms
the bust but hasn't given us details, but we're working it and will
follow up, as appropriate.
rom World Entertainment
Movie star Morgan Freeman's flying dreams have been dealt a
severe blow - he has been grounded by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) for breaking altitude rules.
The "Driving Miss Daisy" star said he was reprimanded when he
failed to observe landing regulations at Teterboro Airport in New
Jersey, and now he has no idea when he'll be able to take off
The actor explains, "I'm being censored by the FAA and they're
going to ground me. The hardest thing about flying is holding
altitude. It's a three-dimensional effort."
"I was grounded because I was flying into Teterboro and it was a
very busy day. In every airport they have what you call an approach
which is how you're going to get in with step downs - flying
technique for lowering altitude."
"But you don't go to these altitudes until you're told. So I'm
going into Teterboro and I was at 3,000 feet coming down from an
altitude of 21,000 feet. I'm looking at the approach plate, which
reads what altitude your plane should be at, and it says I should
be at 2,000 feet in the air. So I better get down there and I got
down to 2,000 feet."
"And the control tower said, 'What are you doing?' And I said,
'I'm following the approach.' They said, 'You weren't cleared for
2,000 feet, go back up.' If you change your altitude by five
hundred feet the computer automatically catches it."
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