Support from the USA, FAA Pilot Examiner
On 11 Feb 2010, at 21:26, alanwzee wrote: ( kindly note that this is prior to the fatal accident of 29 September 2010)
The hardest thing a person can do is stand up for what he thinks is right when others fail to see the negative events about to unfold. It might not be the popular thing, but you know it is the prudent and safe thing to do. We call that professionalism and that is what the FAA certificate and privilege you hold as a commercial pilot are. You are obligated to do the right thing and others will eventually look to you as the example of a professional, which you are.
You did the right thing and have the stamina to survive the critics.
Stay on course and stay in touch.
Welcome to the new look, seriously condensed version of Serengeti Balloon Accident.com. Supporters even critics should have no concerns surrounding the lack of previous accounts within this issue as many shall reappear in the very near future. For now rest assured that after recent developments, there are several reasons for this new approach.
High Court ruling:
Firstly let me bring to your attention that after a recent UK High Court ruling, despite situated overseas, no longer am I denied access to legal aid. Three High Court judges ruled that all those subjected to British law are also equally protected by British law. This translates that no longer can a defendant such as myself be barred from accessing legal aid by use of any habitual residency test.
As a result of receiving news of this landmark ruling, I've wasted no time in taking the appropriate action. I am pleased to report that official proceedings have finally commenced in order to push this case forward on a more equal footing than has been afforded up until this time.
Focusing on recent activities
Along with the above, given recent activity pertaining to two Avon and Somerset police officers having conveyed what I considered to be a logica, unquestionably the most reasonable request for me to present myself to a British Embassy, this shall form one of the two focal points in this latest issue. Combined within that document are accounts of my intrepid dealings with the Ministry of Justice.
The second yet undeniably of equal important focal point, brings to the forefront my dealings with the UK civil aviation authority, particularly yet not solely the CAAs whistleblowing department. This is where I publish mutual communications that has taken place between myself and the authority since 2011. At that time my initial contact was Mr Ian Chadwick, I was requesting statistical data.
With Mr Chadwick appearing to be somewhat handicapped by the authorities financial restraints, I felt it was unfortunate that he was unable to assist me in providing vital information, information held back that can only have the effect of preventing the required improvement of passenger safety issues.
Recently yet primarily as a result of the increase in balloon accidents, at the same time feeling distinctly dissatisfied with Mr Chadwick's original explanation, I've now felt it to be necessary, not least for the benefit of pilot & passenger safety, to take the matter to a higher level. To the detriment of passenger and pilot safety, both myself & Mr Chadwick came across economical restrictions that prevented access to crucial information that could only further benefit passenger safety.
With the above in mind I feel that it would be tragic if not reckless to have such vital information lying idle locked away gathering dust within the confines of the UK aviation authority. With this renewed effort on my part intent on freeing up such vital information, I would appeal to the very authority to recognise that is there to ensure at the same time promote ever high levels of passenger safety. I can only hope that they may take it upon themselves to review my initial request to Mr Chadwick, thereafter provide the most necessary information. Left as it is, I feel that for the UK civil aviation authority to place economics before passenger safety seems to nullify their very reason for their very existence.
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Serengeti Balloon Accident (SBA) was first published on 5 March 2013. This site is the innovation of myself, long-standing hot air balloon safety advocate Nigel Pogmore, former pilot & safety officer for Uk owned Serengeti Balloon Safaris Ltd (SBS)
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Last but not least, you might prefer to make direct contact via this site. No matter which path you choose, rest assured that passenger safety or the agendas of pilot intimidation are not to be topics that can be ignored, I therefore encourage you to have your say.
After receiving threats from Tony Pascoe that he would tarnish my reputation within the industry if I didn't go quietly, I've not worked since March 2009, therefore have not earned any income. This is the price that pilot's pay for speaking out on what became tragically proven safety concerns with two further deaths at SBS. Subsequently after being subjected to threats on my life, to a large extent I have to be most vigilant, therefore employ all necessary precautions. Amongst other malicious charges, Serengeti Balloon Safaris have demanded $500,000 from me, for apparently damaging their business.
Given that SBS's, (its directors) appalling safety record, that now totals no less than five deaths, derived from three fatal accidents, one might question as to how vulgar they can get.
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UK police request to present myself to a British Embassy.
UK Civil Aviation Authority