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Please forward this message to pilots, airlines, congressional reps, and at least 10 other people that fly commercial airlines. Spread this rapidly and world wide. We can turn the tables on terrorists and take back control of the skies!

September 19, 2001

CONTACT: Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Fax: 831.684.2137

FREE Training for Pilots -- An Pilots Can Get There for FREE!!!


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Will it be American, United, TWA, Delta, SouthWest, or some small airline carrier that steps up and with one bold move commands and controls the American air passenger market?

Dr. Ignatius Piazza, Founder and Director of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Las Vegas Nevada knows that the first airline to arm pilots and co-pilots with handguns to defend their cockpits, will immediately gain the market share of domestic and international flights. Front Sight Firearms Training Institute (See Press Release of September 12 entitled Free Gun Training For Commercial Pilots or visit Solution To World Trade Center/Pentagon Attack) has offered to train commercial pilots and co-pilots FREE OF CHARGE from every commercial airline that allows the pilot and co-pilot to carry a gun on board to defend the cockpit.

Piazza states,

"The first commercial airline to make the statement that they will arm their pilots and co-pilots with a handgun will have the immediate and overwhelming support of 80 million gun owning Americans, the pilots, and the public. All a commercial airline needs to do is call me and we can start training their pilots tomorrow -- free of charge."

Says Piazza,

"Front Sight knows the public overwhelmingly supports arming pilots because since our first press release of September 12, where we offered to train the pilots and co-pilots free of charge, we have been flooded with thousands of positive phone calls, letters, and e-mail from pilots, gun owners, and the public. 99.9% positive response to arm and train pilots. The first commercial airline to do the right thing and take the logical step to protect their passengers, flight crews, and aircrafts will see their public stock value soar, their flights fill to capacity, and gain the endless admiration of flight passengers around the world. I personally hope American or United make the first move as it would demonstrate a will to turn the tables on terrorists and take back control of the skies."

Aaron Benedetti, a United Airlines co-pilot and Platinum member of Front Sight's Firearms Training Resort in Las Vegas agrees.

"The fear of the American people is real. Air travel is down, way down and may never recover if we continue disarming passengers and pilots," says Benedetti. "Airlines are laying off people by the thousands. Most people do not know that Federal Aviation Regulation 108.11 currently allows airlines to arm their personnel with handguns. I hope United is the first to do so. United could once again claim they fly the friendly skies and overnight, corner the market on armed flights. I fully support arming pilots and co-pilots and I have experienced Front Sight's training first hand. It is the best in the world. Front Sight's patriotism in providing training free of charge is truly commendable. It would be a shame for United not to be the first airline to take advantage of it."

Mark Donovan, a Southwest Captain and Bronze member of Front Sight's Firearms Institute hopes that SouthWest is the first to lead the way. Donovan states,

"SouthWest clearly dominates their market at this time and is rated #1 in customer service, but an upstart airline or one of our competitors could steal that away in a heartbeat with a single press release and rotation of their pilots through Front Sight's training courses. FAR 108.11 allows SouthWest to authorize it's pilots to carry a handgun on board to protect their cockpits. All it takes is the airline to make the decision. SouthWest prides itself on Positively Outrageous Service. What could be better service than to insure our passengers safety with an armed and trained pilot? It would make me proud to see SouthWest make the move first before someone else does."

Lieutenant Bob Redmond, SWAT Commander of Nye County Sheriff's Department concurs that Front Sight's training is exactly what the commercial airliners need and that they should immediately begin sending their pilots to Front Sight. Redmond, who sends his SWAT officers to Front Sight for firearms and tactical training states,

"Front Sight's training exceeds levels offered by most if not all law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Front Sight's training is so good that I want every officer we have in the department to attend every course Front Sight offers. If airlines sent their pilots to Front Sight, it would be like having SWAT officers in the sky."

Paul Nelson, an American Airlines Co-pilot and reserve police officer for the city of Pasadena believes that in order to restore the confidence of the American public, strong and necessary steps must be immediately taken to empower pilots as the last line of defense of passengers and aircraft. Nelson emphatically states,

"Front Sight and FAR 108.11 provide American Airlines with an easily initiated and meaningful step to regain passenger confidence in our airline. If we do not take this step, I fear that the public will never return to the skies as they once did." Nelson continues, "American Airlines has a distinct opportunity to turn this tragedy into triumph and make our domestic skies the safest in the world. As soon as the executives at American give the word, I am going to Front Sight! God bless them."

Dr. Ignatius Piazza is no stranger to commanding an industry and gaining market share. Front Sight entered the firearms training industry as an unknown in April of 1996. Under Piazza's leadership, Front Sight has experienced growth up to 300% per year and risen to the top of the industry. Front Sight now trains more students than all other shooting schools combined. Front Sight is currently developing a world class firearms training resort on 550 acres just 45 minutes from Las Vegas. Front Sight's staff of over 120 firearms instructors provide handgun, shotgun, rifle, submachine gun, and tactical training to law enforcement and law-abiding private citizens alike in a positive and supportive environment. Front Sight, the only facility in the country to offer free submachine gun courses, has trained over 15,000 law-abiding citizens and law enforcement officers free of charge in the use of the Uzi submachine gun in the last three years. Front Sight continues to offer its free submachine gun course through the end of this year. Front Sight has been featured positively in every major newspaper and on every major television network in the country. To date, Front Sight has accomplished its amazing growth and development with ongoing cash flow and without debt financing or investment money. Says Piazza,

"Front Sight stands ready, willing, and able to train commercial airline pilots and co-pilots on a moment's notice. Which airline will be the one to command and control the American skies?"

For more information visit Front Sight's web site at or call 1.800.987.7719.

Contact information:

Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute

Aaron Benedetti
United Airlines Co-Pilot


Lt. Bob Redmond
Nye County SWAT Commander


Mark Donovan
SouthWest Airlines Pilot


Paul Nelson
American Airlines Co-Pilot



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