The Federal Aviation Administration will not investigate an Erie pilot who awoke many Boulder residents Thursday morning while flying back and forth over the city, according to federal and local officials.
FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said Friday that pilot Roy Halladay - who was flying his T-33 military training jet while a propeller-driven chase plane took pictures of him over the Flatirons - does not face sanctions over the 6:50 a.m. flight, because no one has filed a formal complaint with the FAA.
Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Thursday that more than a dozen callers who were upset with the noise from the early-morning flight were referred to the FAA.
Apparently, none of those people followed through, Fergus said.
Kenneth Maenpa, manager of the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, said Halladay did not violate any noise ordinances during his flight, and that he has since apologized to airport managers for the incident.
"There's no perception that there was any dangerous maneuverâ during Halladay's flight, Maenpa said.
Halladay also has assured flight controllers, Maenpa said, that he did not violate the 1,000-foot altitude restriction that pilots must obey while cruising over populated areas.
Federal officials said a review of radar altitude records is time consuming, and would not be done unless a member of the public or airport officials request an inquiry.
Halladay could not be reached Friday by phone, or at his home address in Erie.