Message posted by Don on February 27, 2008 at 9:43:10 PST:
There was also a guy who landed at Tonopah Test Range in a small privite airplane with supposed battery failure in the early 90's. Security questioned him and his plane was put on a flatbed truck trailer and driven off the base and area to KTPH. He was mad at security because they let the dogs jump up on his wings and sniff around. OBTW they have K-9 units on the range. Another thing they do is file a report with the FAA that shows as a major FAR violation on your record, kinda like getting a whopper of a traffic ticket with all the points in one ticket. It's very bad and the pilot usually can't afford the fines. I believe the FAA also suspends the pilots license for a year or so. There is no doubt if you are having trouble with your aircraft you are probably also in airspace violation trouble and there is no easy way to get out of the mess you're in. Best advise if you are a pilot in that area you better have an alternate landing plan and you better know exactly where you are when you are near the range (area 51).
In Reply to: Re: Emergency landing posted by Peter Merlin on February 26, 2008 at 16:01:24 PST: