Fri, Apr 14, 2006
Shocker: No Sensitive Material Found
They're baaaaaack! The transcripts of the ADIZ public meetings
held January 18 in Washington have been reposted on the FAA's
website, after they were removed last month at the
request of NORAD.
Seems the military was concerned about the testimony of one
private pilot, in particular -- whose day job is flying F-18s for
the Navy -- who stated a fairly obvious fact before the committee:
that a rogue aircraft could enter the ADIZ legally, and still turn
towards the capital with little time to scramble fighters to
That statement, coming from a military pilot (who was testifying
as a civilian), caught NORAD's attention -- and the agency then
told the Department of Homeland Security to pull the transcripts
and scrub them for any secret or sensitive information. The DHS was
also told to redact any public comments that might have compromised
The result? Over one month after the transcript was pulled...
and nearly three months since the meeting took place... the
transcript is back. What's more, nothing harmful to national
security was found.
"What a pointless waste of effort," said AOPA President Phil
Boyer. "These were public meetings, attended by hundreds of pilots
and the news media."
"Pulling the transcripts weeks after the meeting certainly would
not have secured any secret information, had there been any," Boyer
added. "I feel safer now, don't you?"
Careful, Phil... that's stating the obvious, and look what
happened the last time someone did that...
"(The) successful launch of the NROL-39 mission is a testament to the tremendous government-industry partnership. We greatly appreciate the teamwork with the NRO Office of Space La>[...]
Lost Communications Loss of the ability to communicate by radio. Aircraft are sometimes referred to as NORDO (No Radio). Standard pilot procedures are specified in 14 CFR Part 91. >[...]
Aero Linx: The Story Of World War 1 Aviation The Spark That Set the World Aflame: The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife i>[...]
A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-ba>[...]
NROL-39 Mission Boosted From Vandenberg AFB Thursday Night A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off >[...]