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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.12.05)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"There are surface-to-air missiles now stationed around the nation's capital. But at the same time, if we shine a light on this that has any glow to it at all, is that the government system worked. They tracked this plane, without radio contact, they intercepted this airplane with flares and finally got their attention. I'm sure that they tried to do so much earlier. Then they probably assessed that this is a two-seater airplane, single-engine, with two adults in it. It barely carries the fuel to get even halfway to North Carolina. They probably made the calculated decision: Let's not do this."

Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, in an interview with CNN, after a Cessna 150K made a deep incursion into the Washington ADIZ. The aircraft came within three miles of the White House. But the president apparently never ordered the aircraft shot down -- tacit recognition that a plane the size of a 150 poses very little threat to the seat of government in this country.

FMI: www.dhs.gov, www.aopa.org

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