Airplane with Tiger talk gone

FAA sends pilot home for repairs

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The Federal Aviation Administration delivered a message of its own to a pilot who flew banners over the Masters Tournament mocking Tiger Woods: Fix it or forget it.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Friday that two flight safety inspectors met with the pilot and inspected the plane Thursday. They determined the pilot had the proper paperwork to fly but that before the plane can carry more banners it needs repairs involving a seat belt and "minor mechanical issues," Bergen said.

The pilot was given two options: Get it fixed locally or fly it back to its home base in Ohio -- a practice known as ferrying.

"The pilot did get the necessary ferry permit (on Friday)," Bergen said, and with it "you can only fly from point A to point B for repairs."

Bergen said the single-engine Cessna is registered to Drake Aerial Enterprises LLC, doing business as Air America Aerial Ads, based in Genoa, Ohio. She said that under FAA rules she couldn't release the pilot's name.

Bergen said the plane flew out of Saluda County Airport in South Carolina, about 43 driving miles northeast of Augusta National Golf Club.

Harry Frady, the chairman of the commission that oversees the county-owned airport, said he received a call from the banner-towing company Wednesday and told the person to contact the airport's base operator.

"If the base operator agreed to it, I got nothing to say," he said. "As to what a banner can say, I guess that comes under the First Amendment."

A worker who answered the airport's phone Friday wouldn't give his name but said officials there assumed the plane was headed to the beach to fly an ad. The worker said the company has not made any other requests to fly from Saluda this week.

During Thursday's Masters round, the plane displayed two banners at different times. The first said: "Tiger: Did you mean Bootyism?" The second read: "Sex addict? Yeah. Right. Sure. Me too."

The FAA got involved, Bergen said, after air-traffic officials in Augusta expressed concern.

"It was strictly internal," she said. The FAA's key concern in such cases is safety, she said, noting that it doesn't regulate banner messages.

Air America Aerial Ads charges $300 to $1,200 an hour to fly banners and has been flying banners over NASCAR events since 1983, according to its Web site.

Jason Howe, an employee of Air America, told The Associated Press on Friday that the plane's only problem was a seat belt that didn't meet FAA standards.

Bergen said, however, that there were also some minor mechanical issues that weren't a threat to the plane's safe flight back to Ohio but would be cause for concern for towing banners over a large crowd.

Howe wouldn't say who paid for the banners, and messages left Friday for company President Jim Miller weren't immediately returned.

On Thursday, Miller said he couldn't talk to a reporter because "I'm about to get in an airplane to do some towing right now."

Bergen said Friday that Miller wasn't the one flying the two-seater plane.

There's no airspace restriction over Augusta National, but because of increased flights in and out of local airports during the Masters the FAA has issued an advisory asking pilots not to fly within two nautical miles of the tournament and not below 2,500 feet in that area. Bergen said Friday that there has been no talk of making the advisory mandatory.

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DAMY46
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DAMY46 04/09/10 - 10:21 am
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oops....The FAA shut him

oops....The FAA shut him down..."We ain't gonna have that kinda stuff at the Masters."

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Insider Information 04/09/10 - 10:38 am
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The Augusta National has

The Augusta National has spoken. Free speech has been silenced. Surprising? It shouldn't be if you know anything about how Augusta is run behind the scenes. Score another one for the "good 'ole boys."

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Danyell706 04/09/10 - 10:40 am
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i know that's right!

i know that's right!

DAMY46
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DAMY46 04/09/10 - 11:00 am
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Like they say....Augusta is a

Like they say....Augusta is a beef jerky, beer kind of town.

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windinmyface 04/09/10 - 11:20 am
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I'm not the least surprised

I'm not the least surprised that the FAA got involved. Can you imagine the distraction that was caused by the person responsible for the banners. I suppose, he wanted the spotlight and national attention. And he achieved that. I think the act was very childish. Thank you FAA.

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Insider Information 04/09/10 - 11:42 am
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Wind, you're right. Free

Wind, you're right. Free speech is "childish." We should get rid of that pesky little thing called the First Amendment.
The FAA didn't get involved last year or any of the years before that when Atlanta strip clubs did the same thing. The only difference was that they yielded to the power of the Augusta National and stayed away from its sovereign air space.

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c.james 04/09/10 - 11:52 am
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I think the sign on the front

I think the sign on the front gate of the National should read;
Mothers beware Tiger’s loose on these grounds, do you know where your daughters are?

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TakeAstand 04/09/10 - 11:53 am
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Free speech is fine, what

Free speech is fine, what kills me is some one is so miserable that they wasted all that money on insulting tiger. How much more childish can adults get? Do people really have nothing better to spend thier money on? Probably another opponent paid for it so he may have a chance at beating Tiger. It doesn't seem to be working. I'm not a "Tiger fan", but geesh, people with money waste it on some of the stupidest things. If you have that much money to waste, give all that extra to a hardworking family who could put it to better use than you are.

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jack 04/09/10 - 12:08 pm
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Take, botoom line is who ever

Take, botoom line is who ever hired the planes evidently has the money to "waste". I personally don't find the point of doing this, but it is his/her right under the first amendment. Geez, I didn't know the National also controlled the federal government/FAA with all of THEIR money.

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6marigolds 04/09/10 - 12:20 pm
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strickly internal...really?

strickly internal...really?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 04/09/10 - 12:32 pm
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Never said it wasn't their

Never said it wasn't their right, or anything about the first amendment. You need to address that to other posters, not me. All I said was the pathetic person would do better giving it to a struggling hard working family who needs it. Obviously you didn't catch the point of my post, and it wasnt about the first amendment.

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mrsmikep 04/09/10 - 12:52 pm
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I do not agree with what

I do not agree with what Tiger has done in his personal life, but the banners were extremely inappropriate. Especially when the five year old child sitting beside me on the number 1 green asked "daddy what is bootyism, what is sex..... " What parent wants to explain that to a child simply there to watch golf! There were numerous children on the course at that time. Leave all of the golfers alone and let us enjoy watching the greatest players in the world in peace and quiet without noisy helicopters and obnoxious banner planes flying overhead!

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teapot 04/09/10 - 01:40 pm
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Free Speech Yes. What was

Free Speech Yes. What was the point? All the media outlets have crucified the man for his personal misconduct already. What is left to gain. How about the "apparent" sluts or "professionals" who came out and bragged that they had sex with a married man. Woods is a good golfer, so are the others or they wouldn't be playing The Masters. Leave them alone and let them play, let the paying customers enjoy watching without a buzzing plane overhead. FREE SPEECH YES, Harrasment NO.

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teapot 04/09/10 - 01:40 pm
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Free Speech Yes. What was

Free Speech Yes. What was the point? All the media outlets have crucified the man for his personal misconduct already. What is left to gain. How about the "apparent" sluts or "professionals" who came out and bragged that they had sex with a married man. Woods is a good golfer, so are the others or they wouldn't be playing The Masters. Leave them alone and let them play, let the paying customers enjoy watching without a buzzing plane overhead. FREE SPEECH YES, Harrasment NO.

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Back to story 04/09/10 - 01:45 pm
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"Although she didn't give the

"Although she didn't give the pilot's name, Bergen did say Miller wasn't the pilot. She said she was unaware of how many people were in the plane at the time. "-------If there was a passenger, do you suppose it was Mrs. Woods?

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Sargebaby 04/09/10 - 01:53 pm
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For another angle on this

For another angle on this already overblown incident, when Jesus was nailed to His Cross, one of the men next to Him, who had been a sinner all his life, recognized Jesus for who He truly was. He believed Jesus to be our Savior, and in his final hours, asked for FORGIVENESS. Jesus in turn said, "Today, you will be with Me in Paradise."

Tiger, hung out on his cross of shame, asked for forgiveness, yet mere mortals do not have compassion enough to accept his plea, and move on. My question is, if Jesus will forgive a man who sinned until the day of his death, who are we not to forgive a person who has asked to be forgiven?

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southernguy08 04/09/10 - 01:55 pm
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Can't turn it off like a
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Can't turn it off like a switch TEAPOT. Once become a celebrity, you're fair game for the tabloids. Not long ago, it was John Edwards, then Mark Sanford. It will end soon enough, then the press will be looking for another headline. The standard line by celebrities is, any publicity, even if its bad, is good.

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raedant 04/09/10 - 02:23 pm
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And yet........everybody is

And yet........everybody is applauding the adulterer and clapping for every breath he takes.How typical and predictable. Get in the hole, which one?

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Back to story 04/09/10 - 02:43 pm
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15 last I'd heard. ;-)

15 last I'd heard. ;-)

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Amboy2 04/09/10 - 02:56 pm
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Jesus also said, “Go and sin

Jesus also said, “Go and sin no more”. So is this really about forgiveness or the fact that Mr. Woods is flaunting his lack of morality before the world? I have never heard Mr. Woods say I have sinned against God and I do not believe that he has any sense of that belief. How do you extend forgiveness so someone who is only sorry because he was revealed?

Anyway, PGA is just “prostitution, gold and adultery. The name of this event should be changed to “The Mistress” as that is what it really has always been and this simply highlights the true nature of the event.

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Brad Owens 04/09/10 - 03:41 pm
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Good riddance. The National

Good riddance. The National SHOULD be protected given all the revenues and positive attention the course and tournament brings to Augusta.

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dashiel 04/09/10 - 04:11 pm
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But Tiger DOES practice

But Tiger DOES practice Bootyism. He said so in one of his pious press conferences. Ye without zen, cast the first stone.

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Insider Information 04/09/10 - 05:02 pm
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Brad, I disagree. I prefer

Brad, I disagree. I prefer that the Constitution be protected. I think the men in green jackets can afford their own protection.

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HLR 04/09/10 - 05:25 pm
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The Masters, such a

The Masters, such a ‘prestigious’ event, letting an adulterer steal the spotlight of their event. And why? All for the money! The guy even hired prostitutes and nothing happened to him. The average Joe does the same and the law strikes down on him. Why doesn’t it happen to Mr. Tiger Woods? All because of money! The Augusta National and its Masters tournament obviously sees no problem with this type of behavior inviting him back.

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backagain 04/09/10 - 06:24 pm
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To HLR,well what about the
Unpublished

To HLR,well what about the republicans spending money at strip clubs,recently does that disqualify them from the Republican party,even as a Democrat i must say that is foolishness.Tiger should be invited back as long as he is living up to his expectations.So far he has.

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backagain 04/09/10 - 06:35 pm
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P.S. HLR,so you draw your
Unpublished

P.S. HLR,so you draw your conclusions from National Enquirer,There was a reported sighting of an alien on Bobby Jones Expressway.Go ahead and turn the page we know where you coming from Bama.

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disssman 04/09/10 - 06:49 pm
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It would appear the

It would appear the "mechanical problems" were that the seat belts should be replaced. Quite a problem that needs fixing someplace else. I do like Tiger, but it is absolutely disgusting that any club can bring enpugh pressure to start an investigation by a U.S. government agency. But I guess if you are a "stakeholder" people know to get out of yout way or else.

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kingward 04/09/10 - 08:03 pm
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Should have shot him down.

Should have shot him down. Might as well deter such behavior for all time.

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HLR 04/09/10 - 08:10 pm
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Backagain... duh who broke

Backagain... duh who broke the story? I wasn't CNN, FOX, New York Times or any other of your favorite and reputable news sources. News flash... the tabloids broke the story and it was OH SO TRUE! We are not talking politics here, but since you went there... Yes, they should be disqualified; it's all about ethics. Since you say Tiger is living up to expectations maybe you might not be familliar with that concept. Look at how classy this guy is... uses his late father's voice on what I (and possibly more) consider a publicity stunt to clear his image. Since Yahoo Sports is reporting is must not be real:

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/Earl-Woods-words-...

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