‘Hot-Dogging’ Pilots Lose Licenses
By Howard Schwach
Two Florida pilots who touched off terrorist alerts all over the city by buzzing Rockaway beaches and the harbor on July 4 have lots their licenses to fly.
Miami-based pilots Andre Morais, 28 and Daniel Oliviera, 31 were stripped of their commercial pilots licenses and cited for multiple infractions of Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) rules, including operating their small planes "25 to 50 feet over swimmers, Jet Ski operators and boaters near Rockaway Beach."
The FAA noted in its revocation order that the incidents occurred during a "heightened state of security during terrorist threats," and that a number of police helicopters and two F-16 Air Force jet fighters had been sent aloft to intercept the two planes.
The revocation orders were hand-delivered to the two men at the Queens courthouse in Kew Gardens on the day they were arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment, counts that could earn them seven years in jail.