Tampa Bay Times Alerted Authorities 30 Min Before Gyrocopter Landing

The Tampa Bay Times alerted the Capitol Police and Secret Service of a man's plan to fly a small helicopter onto the Capitol Grounds around 1p.m. on Wednesday, about thirty minutes ahead of the small gyrocopter landing on the West lawn of the Capitol grounds. Tampa Bay Times Managing Editor Jennifer Orsi said in a statement that the man, Doug Hughes, had reached out to reporter Ben Montgomery earlier this year about his plans to fly the small helicopter onto the Capitol grounds in order to raise awareness about the need for campaign finance reform.