As a licensed pilot for nearly 10 years, I find it interesting that people are so quick to suggest that area planes are a safety risk and nuisance. Pilots and the planes they fly are subject to much scrutiny by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Statistics have long shown that flying is one of the safest modes of transportation available.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for drivers of the many sport-utility vehicles around town, who frequently ignore and seem oblivious to local speed and traffic laws, sometimes causing serious injury or worse to people and property.
These 10,000-pound, noisy, polluting, global-warming behemoths present much more risk to the average driver, public and environmental safety than most other more fuel-efficient and practical modes of local transportation (ground, air or rail).
These drivers are often seen speaking on their cell phones, while being further oblivious to local speed and traffic laws. (Remember the hands-free cell phone law, which doesn’t appear to be receiving the level of attention it should from local law enforcement?)
Rather than worry about an occasional airplane flying overhead, think about the risk to you and your family the next time you’re sharing the road with these giant, ugly SUVs operated by oblivious, reckless or negligent drivers.