On Monday, we rapped a bit about the possibility of the Rotary Club dropping a $12 million Apache helicopter down in front of UP City Hall on July 4.
In a meeting earlier this month, the City Council liked the idea, but wanted the Rotarians to come back with a bit more insurance money, lest a rotor blade destroy a home or, even worse, Park Cities People‘s dunking booth. Well, it seems the Rotarians came back with the cash (a $10 million policy is the word on the street), but then the FAA stepped in.
An FAA inspector swung by City Hall Tuesday morning, unannounced, and told staff that if the city allowed the event to occur, he would most likely not issue a permit for the flight and landing. Seems the parking lot in front of the fire department isn’t big enough for a landing.
Moral of the story: someone should buy a miniature helicopter and land it during the parade just for fun.