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Today's Letters: Report those low-flying planes

Published July 20, 2007


Re: Let's not repeat horror in Sanford letter by Dr. Louis Alan Zagar of Clearwater, July 18

As a Federal Aviation Administration-certified pilot, I share Dr. Zagar's concern about the incredible number of aircraft of all types over the past 24 months flying near the top branches of treetops directly over his Countryside home while en route to a landing at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, or PIE.

These aircraft can be reported to the airport manager by telephone for punitive action note the date, time and direction of the aircraft.

I'm also aware:

1. Of the important role that the PIE aviation division of the U.S. Coast Guard has in defending our shores against the invasion of the United States by those smuggling drugs and people. A high percentage of these sorties are flown from PIE in the very large, slow, noisy, lumbering C-130 aircraft with its four turbo-prop engines.

2. That our PIE Coast Guard aircraft react to national disasters, such as the New Orleans/Katrina episode.

3. That aviation air crew members need to maintain their proficiency in their aircraft so that in the periods of low visibility during hurricanes and other storms they can complete their missions with a degree of success. Crew members simulate obstructions to vision, such as heavy clouds, by designating a training pilot in the aircraft to wear a view limiting device so he can fly the instruments without any reference to the ground, with the co-pilot acting as the safety pilot. This training pilot is developing skill at flying the instrument landing approach to Runway 17. The training pilot position is alternated with other crew members, in turn.

Let's solve Dr. Zagar's problem with positive action against the low-flying aircraft by reporting the incidents to the proper authorities at PIE.

Let's keep the Coast Guard aircraft working at their practice schedule for Runway 17 instrument landing operations during the clear blue sky days that we all have enjoyed in North Pinellas.

James Angelo Pappas, Tarpon Springs


Another event will boost kids' health 

Re: No shots, no school, no kidding story, July 19

Enjoyed the article but was disappointed that the 14th Annual Children's Health Fair was not mentioned. This event is open to children ages 6 months to 19 years and will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road in Clearwater.

The event is free.

Here is what will be offered:

Immunizations, school physicals, sports cardiovascular screenings, dental exams, spine/scoliosis exams, safety and "211" information, free hot dogs and more goodies.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please remember to bring the child's shot records.

For more information, call (727) 725-3345 or e-mail

The event is sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs, Civitan, AMBUCS, Lions, Zonta and Sertoma, and is managed by the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City and the city of Clearwater.

No reservations are needed. Just come and have a healthy, fun-filled time.

Doug Williams, Clearwater


More bragging than confession 

Re: 41 years later, killings solved story, July 19

In my opinion the case is not solved. The evidence points to bragging from a punk killer more than an honest confession. Ted Bundy was a better prospect for this crime, and I don't recall that he ever bragged about his many crimes. But I did find your article interesting.

Richard S. Lee, Largo

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