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zambonidriver 14th Jul 2022 15:34

Swiss minister SEP fail
 
Swiss interior minister busted flying into military airspace in France in a 182. Not the best article but the only I found in English.
Guess it can happen to anyone. Bit embarassing, though :8

I find this newsworthy as I canít think of any other active head of state flying a SEP, let alone being forced down by a foreign airforce !

There is also a significant political undertone to it as he is part of the Socialist party who is trying to pass legislation to ban all internal flights in Switzerland, including general aviation (this is just proposed legislation but still not reflecting too well on the minster, who actually has all my sympathy !)

l.garey 17th Jul 2022 09:24

This caused quite a stir in the Swiss German-language press, and indeed the poor guy may be forced to resign. The details are somewhat vague, as might be expected. Difficult to imagine a reasonably experienced private pilot can foul up to that extent.
Laurence

Sam Rutherford 17th Jul 2022 18:08

Not to be too pedantic, but he's not the head of state...

Jan Olieslagers 17th Jul 2022 20:08

Is it known which bit of airspace he infringed upon?

zambonidriver 17th Jul 2022 22:52


Not to be too pedantic, but he's not the head of state...
Well closest thing you'll find in Switzerland.


Is it known which bit of airspace he infringed upon?
East of Avord Air Base

zambonidriver 24th Jul 2022 12:00

Recent development: after review of ATC tapes it turns out that the controller got the call sign wrong (HB-TOR vs the actual HB-TDR), so he tried to raise a non existing aircraft…
Also VFR pilots have been requested to keep ATC use as low as possible due to staff shortage.

All in all the proverbial Swiss cheese


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