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."
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
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.