From 1,200 feet, he sees when traffic lights are out, cars are stalled and accidents are about to happen.
“You see them hauling buggy and then they stop all of a sudden,” he said. “You just hope they'll stop, but... Well, unfortunately, my job is after the fact in a lot of instances.”
Like a Saturday morning television character, Jeff Pilot sometimes is the startled super hero in a hot situation.
Once when an ambulance driver was lost,the traffic reporter flew above, instructing him to turn right and left to an accident scene.
He even saved a student pilot's life when the woman, who'd never flown at night, was
panicky as darkness fell.
Coolly he led her to the Monroe airport, talked her through an attempted landing and go-around, then to safety.
Because of his familiarity with the city, people ask him to join city planning committees and government organizations. But he'd rather be on top of things.
“I hesitate about getting into politics,” he said. “I belong up in an airplane where it's safe. It's a lot safer here than on that ground.”