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Gyrocopter Pilot Says Employer, USPS, Intends to Fire Him



    A Capitol Hill police officer looks toward a small helicopter that landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center.

    A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol said his employer, the United States Postal Service, is taking steps to fire him.

    The agency intends to fire him for “unacceptable conduct” in the wake of his April 15 flight to call attention to campaign finance reform, Doug Hughes said.

    A grand jury indicted Hughes on six charges that carry up to 9-and-a-half years in prison.

    Hughes, who lives in Ruskin, Florida, said he's received tremendous public support. The tail section of his gyrocopter carried a Postal Service logo, and he was carrying letters for each member of Congress.

    His next court appearance is June 20. He has been ordered wear a GPS monitoring device.