Heres where it all started: I was down at PHX today at about 11:00 watching the Fiesta Bowl charters arrive. Anyway, a Highway Patrol C-182RG is on approach to PHX, and he asked for landing on rwy 8 (far north runway) but the controller gave him instructions to land on 7R (far south runway). Now, apperantly the pilot was not at all thrilled with the idea of taxiing from the south-east side of sky harbor all the way to the north west side (where Highway Patrol planes park) at the normal taxiing speed, as that would take upwards of 10 mins. So he landed on 7L, and what he did next absolutely astounded me. As he was crossing the south airbridge (If you are in PHX, you know what im talking about) he proceeded go full throttle for about 6 seconds and taxi the entire length at about 60-80 kts!!! Now, I fly Cessna 172s on the weekend, and I know how fast one is going when I see it. He was well above flying speed. As a matter of fact, there is a large bump about 3/4 of the way down the bridge, and when he hit it he actually flew for about 10 feet about a foot off the ground. He obviously had to forcefully keep the elevator down to keep him on the taxiiway.
My father, a certified flight instructor, noticed this as well and actually started walking pretty fast in the direction of the car to get the camera, because even he thought he was going to attempt to make a takeoff from the taxiiway!
Sorry for the long story, but my question is this: Is there any disciplinary action that the airport/FAA/government could take against a pilot taxiing that fast, and possibly endangering lives? I know I would NEVER try to taxi that fast at ANY airport, especially at an international airport. And what do you think the max safe taxi speed is? Whatever it is, I think that what the Highway Patrolman Pilot did was very dangerous and unwise in any aspect.
What a day