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Flying Right

January 17, 1988

Regarding your Jan. 1 article on advertising banners towed over football stadiums ("Skies Friendly to Banner Business; Towing Operations Proving Popular With Advertisers):

It is comforting that our government, as well as some banner-towing operators, retain a proper sense of values. Take, for example, what Michigan entrepreneur Gary West said in explaining Federal Aviation rules requiring pilots to get special permission to fly banners over big events like the bowl games: "At the Rose Bowl, there are a lot of dignitaries. If you're over the stadium and the engine quits, you've got to be able to make an emergency landing."

One can readily understand how that would be different from an engine quitting, say, over a football stadium in Podunk, devoid of dignitaries, peopled only by people.

SARA MERIC

Santa Monica

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