Masters’ Bermuda Triangle: Air banners disappear (UPDATED)

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The plane pulling two banners mocking Tiger Woods Thursday has been grounded. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

(UPDATE BELOW)

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.

UPDATE

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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51 comments Add your comment

F-105 Thunderchief

April 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

Rob Vinson

April 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

I can’t wait to see the other banners. A.N. Doesn’t control the airspace above them. What, are they going to shoot a plane down with their missles? Give me a break.

F-105 Thunderchief

April 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

Those ol’ boys out at Augusta National shore do got some pull, don’t they? Ridiculous. This is a free country and people have a right to poor taste.

F-105 Thunderchief

April 9th, 2010
3:49 pm

Those old boys out at Augusta National shore do got some pull, don’t they? Ridiculous. This is a free country and people have a right to poor taste.

kimmer

April 9th, 2010
3:50 pm

Yep. Somebody has definitely has friends in high places. I’m not too upset about it though. The banners were pretty low class IMO.

F-105 Thunderchief

April 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Low class speech is still protected in this country.

Real Deal

April 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Good for Augusta National.

Real Deal

April 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Good for Augusta National.

Meagan Leigh

April 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

Low class for an even lower class individual. He deserves any and all mocking he gets dragging his wife and children into his tawdry and sordid lifestyle.

toon

April 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

ummm…. just want to point out that while this was only an advisory no fly zone, this no fly zone is customary for all major sporting events… and is generally well respected among pilots… its a safety issue in case the plane has engine trouble or breaks the sound barrier (applying more to jets than Cessna obv) around so many ppl… probably even more strict now than 10 years ago… which is why he had so much trouble finding an airport to fly out of yesterday… they knew the FAA would probably say something about it… i doubt augusta national really has the reach to get the FAA to do this, its probably something they did to keep themselves out of the news/trouble if something went wrong…

DP

April 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

Jeff, that’s very important news. Are they still playing a golf tournament in Augusta this week? Is anybody other than Tiger playing?

Tony

April 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

Airplane banners, pulled by those annoyingly whiney engine circling Cessna’s are dumb. I can’t count the times they’ve screwed up an otherwise peacefully quiet day at the beach. The only thing dumber are the goofballs who enjoy that sort of breathlessly riveting entertainment.

If You're Not Enraged, You're Not Paying Attention

April 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

I’d like to see our so-called government leaders get something done that quickly and successfully! The private sector rules!

Phil P

April 9th, 2010
4:05 pm

So this is where my tax money is going. Nice! Real niice! How much did this cost us?

Hey Tabloid Jeff!

April 9th, 2010
4:06 pm

Way to stay away from anything Tiger buddy!

So is there any truth to the rumor AJC posted on their front page yesterday about Tiger bangin’ his neighbor’s daughter?? We really want to know. It’s important breaking news…

johnd

April 9th, 2010
4:14 pm

Yes, it was low class booing. For God’s sake TWs is spending millions of dollars every year for us, the poor kids in his foundation. But that complany which was booing was trash. Better they spent the money to change the community for the better.

Real Deal

April 9th, 2010
4:14 pm

Kick a man when he’s down. It’s become the American way.

Bat Masterson

April 9th, 2010
4:18 pm

Christ-a-mighty, you can’t make up stuff like this, right……. I mean, uh….. Jeff did you make that up ?

Innocent Bystander

April 9th, 2010
4:22 pm

Glad Augusta National is trying to preserve some dignity this week. The Masters is supposed to be a calm, beautiful, peaceful environment to enjoy golf without all the commercialization that has taken over most major sporting events.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 9th, 2010
4:25 pm

Jeff, you bet they have the reach. Better watch out what you write or you may end up as mulch at Augusta National.

Ted Striker

April 9th, 2010
4:30 pm

The banners were lame, but this action was even lamer. The greater shame lies on the FAA and anyone who intervened.

I still hope Tiger plays well, but F the masters, small “m” intentional.

Bobby Jones wouldn’t be proud of Billy Payne and his organization.

Reid Adair

April 9th, 2010
4:33 pm

That is pretty much ridiculous that Augusta National managed to get the FAA to say that. Nothing in Jeff’s post says anything about the plane being grounded because of any semblance of a “no-fly” zone.

How about Lee Westwood? Better round than the media magnet yesterday, and on his way to a better round again today.

Go Tiger!!

April 9th, 2010
4:33 pm

BWA HAHAHAHAHA!!! Good!

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dood

April 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

You people don’t realize, this has got to be hard for Tiger.. Cut him some slack. You know how many hot women are going to be there in their little khaki skirts and sleeveless shirts? the kind where you can just see a little bit of their bra strap? Tiger has got to be going nuts with all that talent! Stay focused Tiger, she’s just another piece buddy!

M&M's

April 9th, 2010
4:39 pm

Whats going to be the BREAKING NEWS tomorrow? My God, you cant get this kind of crap from TMZ. By the way, GO TIGER!!

JET

April 9th, 2010
4:48 pm

Variety is the spice of life. If you are a one man or one woman lover you have missed a whole lot in this life. STIR UP THE COOKIE.

Debdoes

April 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Justice….Ohio? Should have known….low class is correct. Spend your money finding jobs for your fellow Ohioans and stop bashing Tiger!

Freak Nick

April 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

Augusta National is run by the UGA Mafia.

Golf41Dog

April 9th, 2010
5:25 pm

All you people are hammering on Tiger and he owes you nothing. The only person he owes an apology is to his wife, kids and the higher power he serves. You never talk about Ben Roslenberger or other football players the have killed people or beat their wives or girl friends like you do Tiger. The only exception was Mike Vick. If you hate Tiger so much stop watching him and get a life. Tiger helps kids with his foundation, what do you Tiger wantabees or haters do, sit around, drink BUDweiser and dream of being Tiger.

I think what he did was disgusting however I think Elin put the 9 iron on his putter and knocked the wood out of him.

All I'm Saying...

April 9th, 2010
5:37 pm

Freedom of speech is important and I may not agree with what someone says but will defend their right to say it.

That typed, I’m glad this nonsense will no longer be a part of this event and don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to mock Tiger for his actions down the road as some forgive but many never, ever forget.

vader

April 9th, 2010
5:39 pm

It appears that we are more concerned about the “plane” issue than Tiger. People simply have a hard time accepting the fact that once a person forgives themselve, it doesn’t matter what others think. Wow, even with the plane, he still shot well…

Bob Horner stayed hurt

April 9th, 2010
5:39 pm

If You’re Not Enraged, You’re Not Paying Attention ….great post…!!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 9th, 2010
5:43 pm

Golf41Dog is that Higher Power NIKE(phil knight) he owes an Apology? Maybe it is the BOOTY God for doing some trashy and not attravtive women. I bet Elin is just waiting for Tiger to play some and find where all the money is before she dumps his sorry butt.

C Mckinney

April 9th, 2010
5:48 pm

Glad they don’t drug test golfers and public “servants”!

Cracker Jacket

April 9th, 2010
5:51 pm

Hope no one bends over to pick up their golf ball in front of Tiger this week!

P Money

April 9th, 2010
6:00 pm

You have all kind of Individual commenting on Tiger woods,and I would bet cash money that over half of these Individual have cheated on there wife or girlfriend. Someone once told me that when you point a finger at someone else you have three pointed back at youself. the only crime he commited was against his wife. look at sports center and you can find someone who is far worst.

,and I wounld bet money that over half of these

CoastDog

April 9th, 2010
6:30 pm

I was with them all along until this banner deal………They are part of the “dark side”-those who are more equal than the rest of us…grounded……..what a disappointment!

John Stossel

April 9th, 2010
6:42 pm

Give me a break!
Who cares about the sign overhead, Most people got a chuckle out of it. Tiger knows he is going to take some hits, He probably is thinking ok I deserve it but out of respect for the game and his wife, everybody should just backoff. They will work this out or not. Everybody knows Tiger screwed up big time so get over it. You think Jesse James has a plane flying over his garage.

JASon

April 9th, 2010
6:44 pm

Hey, jeff, I thought you weren’t going to talk about tiger? Just couldn’t help it could you buddy

Tiger Fan

April 9th, 2010
6:50 pm

You people can say whatever you want about Tiger, I’m sure he’s laughing all the way to the bank! LOL

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 9th, 2010
7:11 pm

Maybe the kid that was working air traffic control a few weeks back is running the whole FAA now?

waw

April 9th, 2010
8:04 pm

The FCC didn’t prevent the Tebow ad, but the FAA prevented the flying banner. I guess you get what you pay for.

Ed

April 9th, 2010
9:51 pm

Keep going Tiger. A lot of us are with you. Elin do what you have to do and keep going. Things will get better

Truthinator

April 10th, 2010
10:37 am

Tiger advertisement: One more orchestrated event in Tiger’s life. “My dad still helps me.” Really? Hey Tiger (and Nike) you OBVIOUSLY weren’t listening. I doubt Earl told you to pork 14 ho’s while married._________ The “most watched” masters is most watched because people just want to see how Tiger will perform right now._______________ To Tiger and all of the greedy handlers & corporations that want to get back to making $$$$$$$ as soon as possible: Newsflash! Many, many people are turned off to Tiger and anyone defending his cheating scumbag ways. They haven’t forgotten and realize that in today’s compressed 30 second soundbite world, Tiger is only obligated to act repentant for about 60 days. That’s the time it takes for some other idiot (Jesse) to take center stage. The handlers, corporations, & media know this.

TommyJack

April 10th, 2010
11:00 am

Tiger was an azz, is an azz, and will always be an azz. But enough of that. Let’s move on for cryin out loud.

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Otis the drunk

April 11th, 2010
12:34 am

I am so tired of constipated conservatives crying on sports blogs about politics. Liberals did not ruin this country by themselves. Big buisness the industrial military complex and religion all played their role. So go change your diapers and leave the sports section to us mindless stiffs.

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