AUGUSTA — It’s one thing for Augusta National to make squirrels disappear. But how does a golf club make an entire airplane disappear?
Maybe you’ve heard this by now: The plane that pulled two banners mocking the infidelities of Tiger Woods has been grounded (kinda, sorta) by the FAA. The single-engine Cessna, according to the FAA, was prevented from continuing its mission because of a minor mechanical issue.
How minor? Try this: A worn out tag on the seat belts, according to TMZ. This made for such a dangerous situation that the FAA told the pilot to fly back to Genoa, Ohio, for repairs.
Wait a minute.
So the plane can’t circle Augusta National because of a safety issue. But it can fly back to Ohio?
Is this really the most important issue facing the FAA this week, or is somebody just trying to get a tee time?
If you’re a little suspicious about all of this, welcome to the club. It appears Augusta National’s power knows no bounds. I just have two questions: 1) Which member of the FAA also is a member of Augusta National; 2) Which member of the FAA is the next one to be fitted for a green jacket?
A Toledo, Ohio, advertising agency handled the arrangements for the flyover but wouldn’t disclose who purchased the banners and “air” time. Jim Miller of Air America Ariels Ads told our Rhonda Cook that six different banners would be pulled during the tournament, adding, “Keep your eyes open. They get better and better.”
That was before the Green Monster stepped in.
Kathleen Bergen of the FAA told Rhonda Cook that the plane was grounded for the seat belt issue and “other minor mechanical” problems. She acknowledged that the pilot would not have been allowed to fly back to Ohio is the issues were significant. “We don’t have any restrictions [flying] over the Masters,” she said. “We don’t restrict flights over celebrity events. We had no issue with the conduct of the flight.”
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