The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds to promote campaign finance reform pleads guilty to not having an airman's certificate. Diane Hodges reports.
The mail carrier who took his crusade to promote campaign finance reform to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, has now pleaded guilty in a federal court to the charge of flying his gyrocopter without a license. Sixty two-year-old Douglas Hughes flew his aircraft onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last April to draw attention to the corrupting influence of money in politics. Instead, the stunt publicized lapses in the city's security, and landed him in jail on six charges that included breaching national defense airspace. On Friday, Hughes pleaded guilty to a single count of operating as an airman without an airman's certificate. He now faces a maximum of three years in prison, but his attorney asked the judge to sentence Hughes to probation. Hughes has called his action an act of civil disobedience. He was fired from the Postal Service after the flight.