May 12, 2002
While Congress adjourned this year without passing the legislation that would have mandated keeping Meigs Field open, AOPA is continuing the fight for the airport. AOPA President Phil Boyer wrote Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich, asking for their continued support of federal legislation that would write into law the agreement between Chicago and the state of Illinois guaranteeing the continued airport operation.
Boyer wrote, "AOPA continues to support the measure and is especially interested in keeping Meigs Field as an airport. This airport is a critical part of the infrastructure serving Chicago's business community and is beloved by U.S. pilots everywhere—we ask that you support it remaining open."
The House passed its version of the bill in July, but the Senate was unable to address its version before Congress adjourned. As a result, the legislation died and must be reintroduced. AOPA remains committed to Meigs Field and is eager to work with the governor-elect and Mayor Daley to make this agreement a federal law in the 108th Congress.
Advocacy and Legislation,
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.