Monday, August 8, 2016
Orlando pilot arrested for reckless operation of helicopter - Charles D'Alberto
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a low-flying helicopter in Kissimmee.
Deputies say it was seen in the area of West 192 on Saturday.
Thirty-one-year-old Thomas Vorstman of Orlando was arrested and charged with Operating an Aircraft in a Reckless Manner and Resisting Without Violence.
The sheriff’s department says that Vorstman was flying only a few feet above the tops of cars along the roadway.
They responded to Orlando HeliTours where the aircraft is registered and waited for Vorstman to return. Upon his return, he refused to power down the helicopter and wouldn’t get out to speak with authorities.
Five minutes later, he met with deputies and told them he “had a heavy load” and explained why he was flying low over traffic.
Vorstman was then fired from Orlando HeliTours and arrested.
He’s been booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Deputies notified the Federal Aviation Administration of the incident.