Pilot arrested after ultralight aircr...

Pilot arrested after ultralight aircraft crashes in lake near Zimme...

There are 12 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 1, 2010, titled Pilot arrested after ultralight aircraft crashes in lake near Zimme.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A pilot who crashed his ultralight into a central Minnesota lake was arrested on suspicion of flying while intoxicated.

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Mary Allen

United States

#1 Jun 1, 2010
He lives in the wrong area. The Anoka County Airport has a bar. Nothing like encouraging flying while intoxicated. I have to believe there is lots of this going on. I am sure there is plenty of texting and flying too. The air is getting less safe by the minute. And it isn't like you can pull them over, hehehe.

Since: Jul 08

Brooklyn Park

#2 Jun 1, 2010
Shoot, I think I'd have to be in the bag just to go up in an ultralight!
Ghost Writer

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Jun 1, 2010
Well [flying] sports fans, flying, I should say-piloting, any aircraft while under the influence if it doesn't kill you will get your wings [pilot's license] and flying privileges clipped for at least ten years to life!

Maybe Sherburne County could make a deal with the FAA for this pilot's extended vacation at the Sherburne County Work Horse. I hear busting rocks and preparing road beds makes a strong sober character out of a person.

If the pilot was "FUI" {flying under the influence} why did his passenger go along? This is a hard lesson to learn about flying or driving while, riding as a passenger, when the pilot's drunk. Next time, one might not be as fortunate to walk away.
Das Boot

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jun 1, 2010
My bet is that these guys were both Delta Pilots!
Ghost Writer

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jun 1, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
He lives in the wrong area. The Anoka County Airport has a bar. Nothing like encouraging flying while intoxicated. I have to believe there is lots of this going on. I am sure there is plenty of texting and flying too. The air is getting less safe by the minute. And it isn't like you can pull them over, hehehe.
Mary Allen:
The majority [99.44%]of good pilots never drink before piloting their aircraft. Unless you fly with 'DUI' type pilots your comments are demeaning to those who fly by the book. In general, one does not walk away from an aircraft crash where the pilot is inebriated. If you are going to fly with impaired pilots, which I hope you don't, then get off the plane and turn the pilot[s] in to authorities. The lives you save may be yours included.
Ghost Writer
Denny Crane

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jun 1, 2010
I wonder how minnesota can justify the jurisdiction of the sky? Did he have a MN pilots license... i doubt it! maybe they charged him with boating while intoxicated? That might have jurisdiction-
Ghost Writer

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jun 1, 2010
Denny Crane wrote:
I wonder how minnesota can justify the jurisdiction of the sky? Did he have a MN pilots license... i doubt it! maybe they charged him with boating while intoxicated? That might have jurisdiction-
Denny Crane:
You have to be Federally licensed to fly aircraft according to Federal Statutes and the FAA. However, what the Federal laws or regulations don't statutorily cover, the states whose airspace was violated or inured can have legal jurisdiction on matters as DUI's etcetera for such prosecutable offenses. It's a matter of precedence and case law. Either way the pilot in question gets hit with a legal whammy from all sides!
Ghost Writer
foxbat

Huntersville, NC

#8 Jun 1, 2010
If the pilot had a passenger, he was not flying an ultralight. By law, ultralight pilots cannot carry passengers. Ultralight vehicles carry only the pilot. If there was a passenger, this was an aircraft, legal or otherwise.
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jun 1, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
He lives in the wrong area. The Anoka County Airport has a bar. Nothing like encouraging flying while intoxicated. I have to believe there is lots of this going on. I am sure there is plenty of texting and flying too. The air is getting less safe by the minute. And it isn't like you can pull them over, hehehe.
Funny Mary, I have flown out of the Anoka airport several times and I was never encouraged to drink before I flew. I guess some of us have common sense and can be responsible, and others cannot. So with your way of thinking I guess we should ban liquor sales at any airport, we should also ban it at hotels, because pilots stay at hotels. We should also take away everybody's cell phone because not everyone can be trusted with those while operating any type of vehicle. If you can't be responsible then don't expect the government and everyone else to step in and babysit you.

As for the moron that was drunk in the ultralight, it's to bad he didn't droen, it would have been one less wreckless moron posing a threat to others.
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jun 1, 2010
Sorry, I meant the pilot should have drowned, I wouldn't want the spelling police trying to arrest me.
Chuck Yeager

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jun 1, 2010
Will this start a splinter group from MADD called MADF?(Mothers against drunk flying)
really

Norwood, MN

#12 Jun 1, 2010
Ghost Writer:

Where do you get your information? What do you consider "good pilots"? 99.44% of what base does your research come from? Your commnents are baseless. Unless you are screening all pilots at every airport in the US, even the world..
Ghost Writer wrote:
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Mary Allen:
The majority [99.44%]of good pilots never drink before piloting their aircraft. Unless you fly with 'DUI' type pilots your comments are demeaning to those who fly by the book. In general, one does not walk away from an aircraft crash where the pilot is inebriated. If you are going to fly with impaired pilots, which I hope you don't, then get off the plane and turn the pilot[s] in to authorities. The lives you save may be yours included.
Ghost Writer

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