April 14, 2003
The FAA has notified Mayor Richard M. Daley and the city of Chicago that it has opened a formal complaint docket to consider AOPA's allegations that the city violated federal regulations when it closed Meigs Field airport without proper notice.
On April 4, AOPA had filed a formal complaint with the FAA against Mayor Daley and the city contending that they had violated federal law (49 U.S.C. § 44502 [c]) and various sections of Part 157 of the federal aviation regulations. AOPA has also filed suit in federal court over these alleged violations.
In the certified letter to Daley, the FAA said, "In accordance with Section 13.5(f) of the FAA's Investigative and Enforcement Procedures (14 C.F.R. § 13.5(f)), you are required to file an answer within 20 days of service of a copy of this complaint."
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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