Viral Video Draws Flyby's Legality Into Question
A 19-second video clip titled "200mph Plane fly-by within 2 feet of person" has prompted at least one news agency to contact the FAA in an effort to discern whether the act was properly approved by the FAA. The event involved pilot Jason Newburg of Viper Airshows and Team Stunters, which performs "street bike stunt shows," according to thesmokinggun.com. The video shows a biplane buzzing an ATV rider and whoever filmed the act, reportedly on the runway at Lancaster Airport in Texas. A member of Team Stunters posted to Twitter that the footage was shot while practicing for upcoming airshows. A local news channel, WFAA, reported Tuesday that the FAA said it "could not immediately locate" waivers associated with the event. Further information was unavailable as AVweb went to press. The video was posted Monday and had collected more than 100,000 views by Wednesday night.