“I think everyone is scratching their head, wondering how it is possible that an aircraft can be buzzing around Manhattan. It’s virtually the Wild West. There is no regulation at all, other than ‘don’t run into anything.’”
— Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who has been lobbying for rule changes since 2004.
“We have very few accidents for an awful lot of traffic. Every time you have an automobile accident, you’re not going to go and close the streets or prohibit people from driving.”
— New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a recreational pilot
“Mayor Daley’s latest rants have sent me over the edge. He has an irrational hatred for piston-engine aircraft.”
— AOPA President Phil Boyer, on Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s call for banning GA over his city.
“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”
— Greek philosopher Epicurus