Search results matching tags 'Around the World Solo Flight' and 'Arrested',Arrested&orTags=0Search results matching tags 'Around the World Solo Flight' and 'Arrested'en-USCommunityServer 2007 SP2 (Build: 20611.960)30lb Lighter, 19 May 2008 09:27:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:399Kirstie<p>Hello</p> <p>I was correct. M did stop eating while at the Houston Deportation Centre and has returned some 30lb lighter than he set off. He always loses weight when he does an appreciable amount of flying (so much flying to do, so little time to eat...) but 30lb in a short time is rather excessive and he looks positively scrawny. Last Saturday found us in casualty as he was so unwell. He was discharged to rest, drink lots of water and eat small light meals - he has done none of these and is now having difficulty in eating at all. However, little changes and pale, wan and thin as he is he has started to tackle the CAA in an effort to have his licences restored.</p> <p>I gather from the FCO that Houston Deportation Centre described M as being difficult to deal with ....(not so easy to live with sometimes).</p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p>Heading Home to the UK, 16 May 2008 07:34:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:394Kirstie<p>Hello</p> <p>Have received some encouraging news from FCO this afternoon (Thurs.).  M is expected to be home soon. </p> <p>I have had no opportunity to speak to him but I gather that he has telephoned friends in Texas. I am told that he does not sound too well. I was probably correct in my assumption that he would stop eating in a protest re his predicament. </p> <p>Let's see what tomorrow brings. The next post may be by M.</p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p>Nil Information, 12 May 2008 16:26:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:391Kirstie<p>Hello (Monday pm)</p> <p>M's friend travelled to Austin deportation centre to visit m today - M is allowed one person to visit for one hour once a week - Monday between 9am and 1pm.</p> <p>He was not allowed access to M as M is in "segregation"? Our equivalent of solitary confinement, I suppose. </p> <p>On receiving this information I telephoned the consular office in Houston. Perhaps more information can be discovered tomorrow. </p> <p>It may be that he prefers his own company at the moment.</p> <p>I hope that he is not refusing food - he alluded to this when being held at Austin State Hospital and I'm afraid that the conditions that were frustrating him then are now magnified.</p> <p>It would be good to know when he is likely to be back here in GB. I certainly find this somewhat protracted "nil information" time rather difficult, not least because one can only speculate on the true situation.</p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p>Only One Step Up From Jail, 12 May 2008 04:08:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:390Kirstie<p>Good evening (Sunday pm) </p> <p>Still no positive news. I understand that M will be deported, probably within 10 working days if all is straightforward (can any of this be straightforward - none has been so far).</p> <p>I haven't spoken to M for 10 days and hope that he is OK. I suspect that that he's bearing up. I was told that a deportation centre is "one step up from jail". Perhaps he's more comfortable than here at home.  </p> <p>His friends haven't managed to track all his belongings - some appear to be missing including his video records of this trip and his GPS.</p> <p>Hope very much to hear more soon.</p> <p>KK (M's wife) </p>An Englishman in Texas, 12 May 2008 04:01:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:389Maurice<p><b>25<sup>th</sup> April 2008</b></p> <p>I had recently landed, only to take off again, from McGregor Airport, Waco, Texas, on a most gorgeous bright April day in order to find somewhere more hospitable for the night. The weather forecast for the day had indicated scattered transient but inclement weather from cumulonimbus clouds gathering to the south.  I noted these were now gathering significantly in size, charged with their electricity, soon enveloping the heavens with a much heavier dark fluffy pattern. My direction of flight in the old two seater J3 Piper Cub aircraft was somewhat settled for me as the skies to the south and east quickly turned ominous.</p> <p> A downpour of rain then hit the aeroplane as I purred along at seventy miles per hour making forward vision virtually impossible. Just minutes earlier it had been streaming sun shine with not a breath of wind.  Thunder and lightning soon broke out and continued long after I had decided to duck out of it into a pretty Texan meadow far below. On approach to land, following a preliminary circuit to spy out potholes, ditches and possible wire, I was greeted by a huge flower bed of pink and white flowers, weeds do doubt and a muscle bound black bull grazing with his herd at the other end of the strip. He could be sorted later.</p> <p>Either under or over the power cables, straddling the long grass, was my dilemma due to a sudden change in wind direction now buffeting us both violently from the side. It also did not help my final decision as to just which field was best to get out of this turbulence, forces sufficient now to cause structural damage to the airframe. As the old adage goes, ‘never land unless you are sure you can get out again'!</p> <p>However, with decision now made and committed on a somewhat rutted and possibly boggy permanent pasture, prone to flooding, I later noticed, I throttled the engine back and glided down through rain that was simply bucketing down while the lightning crackled all around illuminating the black back drop of a sky before us.</p> <p>Water poured into the cockpit in the descent as both windows and doors had to be wide open in order that I could stick my head out into the slip stream to try and see with better accuracy and just where we were going to finish up was paramount in the agenda!</p> <p>Safely on the ground I taxied her back close to the road and bridge with tail facing the wind hoping that, should the wind suddenly change direction again, I could rely on the raised road and trees for protection while I hurriedly reached for the ropes, hammer and the nails for picketing her down. </p> <p>No sooner had I started the wind died and the sun appeared!  All I could hear was a peaceful cacophony of bird sounds in the adjacent woodland. No other man made machine in sight. Only the euphoria, post flight, experienced by pilots that have just ‘broke the bonds of earth'. </p> <p>The severe thunder storm had moved one, albeit but a few fields away. A Texan field, incidentally, can stretch a mile or two in all directions. A little different to my South Wales six hundred foot airstrip outside our kitchen window in the shadow of Randolph Hurst's old Norman castle. </p> <p>I was then taken aback by the beauty around me. Flowers and the abundance of lush green foliage was everywhere. No different, at first site, to the farmland in the West Country of England where I had been brought up as a child. The Texan summer was yet to arrive. </p> <p>One of the issues deciding which field to land in, as I circled overhead, was the sight of a huge Texan flag painted on the full length of a barn roof. Well, at least I am still in hospitable surroundings, I thought, as I reminisced on the wonderful hospitality over the past few days that I had enjoyed from Houston, San Marcos to Odessa and then back to Robert Lee and Comanche. </p> <p>I decided the storm was gone and so clambered up onto the road before deciding what to do next.</p> <p>Having decided which way to walk I slowly set off down the road in a westerly direction my right ankle, full of fixation screws from an old hang gliding accident, ‘telling me all about it' as the rough ground of the field had exacerbated the ensuing arthritis and, no doubt, made worse with the result of far too much good or not so good red wine over the years.</p> <p>I wished to leave a message of thanks to a local ranch owner concerning the US Coast Guard, my having previously checked he was away but just might be back for the coming week end, starting tomorrow.</p> <p>Another thunderstorm, as if from nowhere, soon had me drenched but wind there was not.  Hard hailstones, almost the size of pigeon eggs, hurt as they bounced off my hat and shoulders. Again the shower and lightning was gone almost as quickly as it had arrived leaving the road in large puddles of crystal clear water..  The sun was again blazing down and I must have been at least a mile down the road by now from the little Cub, in the process of trying to photograph a scissor bird on a fence, when I heard a screech of tyres behind me. </p> <p>I looked round to see two fast moving male white Caucasians exiting the limousine at speed. I was impressed. Both were brandishing what looked like nine millimetre Berretta pistols but the only problem was, they were both pointing at me.</p> <p>Up with the hands, down spread eagled on the road, hands slowly behind your back, for handcuffs, the usual stuff, seen on television, except I was having to do it! Face down on the gravel is not comfortable nor is it easy for a sixty three year old trying to get up again with his hands behind his back. </p> <p>Pockets are searched while a passport is quickly tendered by the prisoner with the vain hope of  expediting this sudden new relationship thrust upon him with the well dressed ‘men in black'. What was to turn out would be a long drawn out experience, debatably quite unlawful, in a Texas Mental Institution.</p> <p>As Dryden wrote, around the turn of the 17<sup>th</sup> century:</p> <p> <b>"There is a pleasure sure in being mad that none but mad men know".  </b></p>Maurice's Statement, 12 May 2008 03:49:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:388Maurice<p>My proposed deportation is based on false information already confirmed by the British Embassy, Secret Service, FBI and the Sheriff of McLellon County. All but the British Embassy at the scene of the alleged offence. </p> <p>Further, senior DHS officers, Orlando Gardona and Special Agent Jason C. Gadberry, together, told me on the date of the charge, I had landed my aircraft on a public highway thereby being in breach of section 237 (a) (4) (A) (ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act i.e. "engaged in criminal activity which endangers public safety".</p> <p>Further, on 1<sup>st</sup> May the deputy sheriff authorised me to fly the aircraft away from the field in which I landed, incidentally more than 500ft from a public highway.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Authority confirmed to me and witnessed by two US pilots (anxious to recover the aircraft from Belville on my behalf) the landing was lawful. FAA contacts are: Mr Arnold Thermeyer, Mr Brian Troupe and Mr Doug Gould.</p> <p>In respect of the incident, subject to the pilot's licence and airworthiness of the aircraft, I had committed no offence and "put you to the proof here of". </p> <p>The FAA have obtained both police and secret service statements that I had landed the aircraft in a farmer's field, not a highway, in bad weather well away from the restricted P-49 zone surrounding the US president's Texas ranch.</p> <p>1s PA Notams stated my right to conduct a flight from Commanche, Texas to the incident site. This was also confirmed by two US pilots at Hamilton Aerodrome (I have names).</p> <p>If I had infringed any civil or criminal law or was "engaged in a criminal activity which endangers public safety or national security" how come I was offered a lift before witnesses at Austin State Hospital by the police and secret service?</p> <p>The secret service area supervisor with fellow officer at A.S.H. offered me a lift to fly the aeroplane from the field unsupervised - not a lawman officially in sight, unless you include SS agents on adjacent land filming it?. If any law had been violated or was likely to be violated how was it I was left in command to fly that aircraft in any direction I liked if it had not been decided by the president's men, the FAA, the FBI, the A.S.H. court and "uncle John Cobbly and all" that I was a danger to national security.</p> <p>Later that night, 200 miles away, while on a holding charge of "public intoxication" fabricated by the arresting officer, while submitting still further nonsense to the DHS, based on hearsay, I had my bailbond waivered and offered an open door. Why?</p> <p>The British Embassy, Houston had just informed me that the secret service, upon hearing of DHS involvement, had offered to expedite the issues, for all the obvious reasons and had offered, without deportation, to </p> <p>have me immediately released from Belville Jail and get me on a Houston flight home for the UK (my flight is rebooked Orlando 6am - London Wed 6<sup>th</sup> May 08).</p> <p>That is why Judge Terri resinder waived the $500 bailbond for my immediate release and took into account my time in custody should I be persuaded to change my plea of not guilty for a $300 fine misdeameanor strenuously denied.</p> <p>The outcome of what was a perfectly harmless approach to thank the Officer in Chief of the US coastguard for recently saving my life has turned out to be a nightmare and warning to others.</p> <p>I require this statement of truth to be sworn under affidavit US Regulations and be submitted to the highest authority for reconsideration.</p> <p>I never wavered my right to have this case go before a US court of law (form 1-791). Copy to British Embassy please.</p> <p>Thank you and God help America.</p> <p>Maurice J Kirk 3<sup>rd</sup> May 08</p>Out of the Frying Pan into a Sink, 07 May 2008 04:42:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:382Kirstie<p>Hello</p> <p>(Wednesday am in GB) </p> <p>M is still being held at a deportation centre at Houston. This is confirmed by consular staff. There is no indication yet of when he will travel to GB, but I hope to hear soon (there is still washing up waiting).</p> <p>I have been told a variety of stories regarding this second detention though a clear common theme is that he was offered the opportunity of release on the condition that he signed papers accepting that he was intoxicated. He maintained that he was not and so would not sign. At this juncture the immigration/deportation system came into play.</p> <p>I have not spoken to M since Thursday and I don't think that consular staff have spoken to him yet. M's friends have been unable to speak to him by telephone as he has no money to buy a ‘phone card - and couldn't be sent any until we could quote his "alien number".  This number was given to me yesterday afternoon.</p> <p>Hopefully, he will be able to make contact soon. He will be pleased to hear that his little aircraft is safe. We are trying to track his belongings, but this is not easy without direct communication.</p> <p>I expect that he is fine. </p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p>Deportation from United States, 06 May 2008 03:50:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:381Pie2211<p>Hello</p> <p>Today I received news of M. I was in contact with the consular office late on Friday. The saga isn't over yet.</p> <p>I was told that he was invited to a restaurant for a beer (probably Thursday evening). He said he was outside sitting on a bench with other people, when he was picked up by the police. (This is in line with the information that I initially received via the FCO on Friday.) </p> <p>Police stated that he had been seen walking around town aimlessly with a gas can.</p> <p>M believes that the secret service traced him to this location by him using his credit card and the public intoxication charge was used to hold him until the Secret Service arrived. Three agents told Maurice he landed on a road near Crawford, and this is the reason for his deportation. Robert Rutt 237(a)(4)(A)(2) of immigration act.</p> <p>As admission you have engaged or at any time after admission were engaged in a criminal activity which endangers public safety or national security. </p> <p>He was given the opportunity for secret service to drive him to the airport for flight to London, and would not be deported. But he did not want the charges on his record for offenses he did not commit. </p> <p>When he refused, they shackled him in hand and ankle cuffs and chains, and taken to Deportation Center in Houston. </p> <p>M wants the media to know about this.</p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p>Reunited With His Little Aircraft, 02 May 2008 05:56:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:366Kirstie<p>Good morning.</p> <p>I spoke to M yesterday who confirmed that he had been released. He was planning to fly his little aircraft to stay with friends prior to his return - expecting to be here in UK early next week.</p> <p>I am humbled by the many kind messages and offers of help that I have received. Most have responded warmly to his latest scrape, though he has clearly exasperated some people.</p> <p>The FCO certainly know their stuff - if one has to get into a scrape abroad, then a Brit is the best nationality to be.</p> <p>I have been asked if I expect M to continue flying...I don't expect it, but am absolutely sure that he will. He had two hours to reflect on his future (which could have been very short indeed) after ditching into the Caribbean. I don't think that he can be put off.</p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p>One Flew the Cukoo's Nest, 01 May 2008 08:11:00 GMTc7306cf9-8c9b-4f2c-8f21-f8b2637dc339:360Kirstie<p>Hello </p> <p>M has been told that he will be released tomorrow morning.</p> <p>This has been confirmed as being the understanding of the consulate representative helping him. He is expected to be released at 10 or 11 o'clock local time to local police in order that his belongings can be returned and then taken to his aircraft. I am not clear if he will then be able to fly or whether he will need to arrange transport. I guess that Secret Services will want to check his route before he leaves. As far as I can establish there remains a court hearing at 1pm relating to M's being detained but I'm not too sure about this.</p> <p>M is in pretty good spirits though perhaps suffering cabin fever at having been restricted for 4/5 days.</p> <p>On his release I'm sure that a much clearer picture of what happened will emerge.</p> <p>Hopefully tomorrows events will run smoothly and M will be home soon.</p> <p>KK (M's wife)</p> <p>PS the firearms in use when M was arrested were 9mm Berettas (not Smith and Wessons).</p> <p>KK</p>