A Wingnut Takes Wing

From Swampland (blog) at TIME:

Since they can’t agree on much else, maybe Congress can come to a consensus on a resolution to keep Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe out of the pilot’s seat.

The Smoking Gun has obtained FAA documents that show Inhofe, who’s a licensed private pilot, landed his Cessna plane on a closed runway last October in Port Isabel, Texas, even though there were men and construction equipment on the runway — and a giant X to warn people not to land there.

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(Scroll down for actual photo of the incident)

The FAA report on the incident says that Inhofe “touched down on the runway, ‘sky hopped’ over the six vehicles and personnel working on the runway, and then landed.”  The manager of the construction project told the FAA that the senator’s reputation preceded him. “He said that the pilot was James Inhofe and this was not the first time this kind of thing had happened,” according to the documents.

…snip…

Inhofe had to complete four hours of training “as a substitute for legal enforcement action” according to a Jan. 4 letter from the FAA.

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You can read the letter from the Federal Aviation Administration at the smoking gun.

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30 responses to “A Wingnut Takes Wing

  1. “Assholery is my Copilot”

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  2. jeb

    If he were an average Joe, they’d suspend his license. He put a lot of lives in danger. I know he does that on a daily basis with his stupid ideas of legislation but you’re not supposed to be able to be a dickhead in a cockpit.

    • not only that, but they would have grilled him to see if he was a terrorist. after all, having minimal skills as a pilot is one of the red flags.

      what gets me is his arrogance. he’ll never say he screwed up. instead, he made bullshit excuses. this is from the smoking gun:

      Shortly after Inhofe landed, Sidney Boyd, who was supervising construction on closed runway, called the FAA to report that Inhofe’s plane, a twin-engine six-seater, initially touched down on the runway and then “’sky hopped’ over the six vehicles and personnel working on the runway, and then landed.” During the call, which was recorded by the FAA, Boyd said Inhofe’s antics “scared the crap out of” workers, adding that the Cessna “damn near hit” a red truck. Referring to the vehicle’s driver, Boyd added, “I think he actually wet his britches, he was scared to death. I mean, hell, he started trying to head for the side of the runway. The pilot could see him, or he should have been able to, he was right on him.” Boyd also said that Inhofe showed little contrition following the close call. “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’”

      …snip…

      In a statement today, Inhofe said, “This is an old story, and the FAA and I have long consider the matter closed.” Noting that his “dealings with the FAA did not constitute an admission nor an adjudication of a violation,” Inhofe added, “I have completed the program required by the FAA, and this matter is over.”

  3. John Erickson

    Do me a favour, find out where he’s flying over the summer. I’ll contact my re-enacting friends, and we can do a little “live-fire” anti-aircraft practise. Hey, we may only have rifles, but it doesn’t take too much to blow a Cessna outta the air! ;)

    • inhofe is 76 years old. i wonder what tests he has to take in order to prove that he’s still capable of flying a plane. i don’t think i’d want to be driving near him, let alone be near an airport that he’s flying from or to.

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  5. But those were “workmen” on the runway, and probably union members too, Jim was just showing them some Grand Ol’ Party love!

    • John Erickson

      I used to live about a mile from the end of one of O’Hare airport’s runways. Trust me, a plane going a few feet over your head doesn’t engender love. It does engender curiosity – like, what a half-dozen rounds through one wing would do to the landing smoothness of the plane. ;) Not that I’d do it to an innocent passenger liner! (Somehow, I don’t think you’ll ever find “GOP” and “innocent” in the same sentence, unless there’s also the word “NOT”! :D)

    • yeah, how dare they bitch at him? they should have immediately run over and offered to help with any luggage.

  6. Good thing he’s not flying one of those mondo Air France Air Bus planes….
    Your cartoon makes him look like Mr. Magoo.

    His punishment was 4 hours of training?
    Find the keys, old man & hang them up.

    Jeb’s “dickhead in a cockpit” line cracked me up.

    • mr. magoo’s nearsightedness has nothin’ on the nearsightedness of huffin’ ‘n puffin’ inhofe and the rest of his close-minded rethug buddies. i had to make myself stop with the cartoon. i was having too much fun.

  7. And here’s what the air traffic controller said.

    • :lol: i love that movie. i think you can pick any random 5 minutes of that film and it would be hilarious on its own.

    • jeb

      Or maybe Inhole attended the same flight school as these guys?

      • :x it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to turn the sound back on. for some reason, nothing was coming through my headphones. i realized there was a little x over where the picture of the little speaker is at youtube, and at comedy central, the sliding thing that makes it louder and softer was turned all the way down.

  8. “check that radar range”….”About two more minutes”. It’s a wonder he didn’t snap the gear off with his cute air-hopping stunt, something you usually see in Laurel & Hardy or Stooge movies. Down the Lone Star state, we’d “sooner” they stay in Oklahoma.

  9. It’s been awhile since I’ve quoted a great American orator, but this case is a good occasion: “What a maroon!” – Bugs Bunny

  10. I just want to know why none of his relatives have put that old geezer in a home somewhere in Florida. Is assholery a noun, verb or adjective? ;)

  11. hmmmmmmm…….. c’mon…. be nice….. he was probably just back from flying corporate money off shore…. and felt a little light headed.

    • you fixed your link!!!!!!!!!!!!! at long last!!!!!!!!! :D

      you’re so smart, okjimm. that must be it. ahhh, the heady feeling of getting big bucks from greedy corporate types.

  12. Wait, there’s a movie of “God is my Co-Pilot?”

    I’ve actually read that book. Another thing to learn from the Raisin …

    Anyway, as for Sen. Inhofe, what do you expect? Clearly, the insistence that he doesn’t have the right to land his plane on top of other people and their vehicles is just your left-wing commie Big Government imposition on him.

    • i’m so glad that reading all the nonsense here finally paid off for you, wken!

      i’m sometimes surprised at some of the movies i find while looking for something else. i’m not sure if i ever saw this movie, though i had heard of it before.

      isn’t it awful how poor senator huff ‘n puff was so inconvenienced? he shouldn’t have to live by the same rules as all the peons he could have killed.

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