East Bay News
Pilot angry over presidential 'no-fly' zone
OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- Whenever a president visits, especially since 9/11, security in the area is tightened considerably. In fact, a "no fly zone" has been declared, covering a 10-mile radius of where the president is staying for the duration of his trip. But an Oakland pilot plans to bill the government for the inconvenience.
Jim Gray owns Oakland Flyers, a plane rental service and flight school grounded as long as President Obama is in town for a Democratic fundraiser.
With the presidential visit to San Francisco, the FAA imposed a 10-mile "no fly zone" for general aviation aircraft. It started just before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday night and runs until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.
That means Gray's fleet of Cessnas and Beechcrafts must stay right where they are.
"I think if he were going to meet with the Japanese to increase trade to California, I think it does change it a little bit," said Gray.
Gray says about 10 of his flights will be grounded during the President's visit, so he's prepared an invoice detailing the revenue he's lost. And he's sending it to both the White House and the Democratic National Committee.
"We came up with an invoice of $2,565," said Gray.
That includes not only plane rentals, but also canceled lessons for flight instructors, like Jeff Reeder.
"If it was for something related to global affairs, I'd have no problem with it. But if it's just for fundraising, kind of do it on somebody else's dime," said Reeder.
With the bill, Gray sent along a personal letter to the president.
"In keeping with the spirit of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we feel that this loss of revenue should not go unmitigated. We appreciate your timely acknowledgement and payment," he said.
The White House and DNC did not respond to our requests for comment.
east bay news, laura anthony
- Family take legal steps to keep girl on life support
- Behind-the-scenes: Saying farewell to 'The Stick'
- 11 injured in oven explosion at Santa Rita Jail
- Big Sur fire burns 550 acres; 5 percent contained
- Woman dies after tweeting about working for 30 hours
- Man accused of trying to throw wife off San Mateo Bridge
- Fire at metal plant doesn't help hazy skies
- New tech honcho for Obama health care website
- Teen burned on bus to be honored by school team
- Winter Spare the Air Alert called through Wednesday
- abcnews: Deaf dad gets to hear daughter sing for...
- Bay Area New Year's Eve fireworks and events
- roundup: Foreclosure vote; Vallejo PD raise
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Wednesday
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos