Three navigation coordination points above Palm Beach International Airport that had been named in honor of Donald J. Trump will be renamed, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
This excerpt is pulled from Karen Schwartz’s article, “F.A.A. to Drop Donald Trump-Related Navigation Codes,” published by the New York Times on July 9, 2015.
“In general, the F.A.A. chooses names that are noncontroversial,” said an agency spokeswoman, Laura Brown.
A growing number of businesses have been severing ties with Trump since the Republican presidential candidate made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants in a campaign speech. That includes NBC, which aired Trump’s show, “The Apprentice.”
In 2010, an air traffic controller who was a fan of Trump’s reality show and its catchphrase, “You’re fired,” named some of the navigation points that pilots use for takeoff from the airport DONLD, TRMMP and UFIRD.
At the time, Trump told a reporter with The Palm Beach Post that he was flattered, but Thursday morning, he issued a statement that said:
“‘Making America Great Again’ is far more important to me than an honor I never knew I had … meaning a blip on the radar,” he said in a statement released by Michael D. Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel at the Trump Organization.
Editor’s Note: We like how Donald Trump doesn’t know about this honor even though he made a public comment to a Palm Beach Post reporter that he was flattered.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what we call a lie.
Another navigation points was named IVNKA ONE, in honor of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.
Brown said she wasn’t sure if IVNKA ONE would be renamed as well, but said that nothing would happen immediately.
“Because of the charting cycle, the updates could take several months to take effect,” she said.