August 1, 2003
On the first day of the new Congress, Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced legislation (S.83) that would ensure the future of Chicago's historic downtown airport, Meigs Field. Cosponsors of the legislation include Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), as well as AOPA members and pilots senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).
Last year, a similar bill (which also included legislation to expand Chicago O'Hare Airport and construct a new airport at Peotone) died in the Senate despite passage by the House of Representatives by a 343-87 vote. Responding to Sen. Durbin's action, AOPA President Phil Boyer said, "This is an important first step in getting this legislation passed in a new Congress; we are pleased its importance was recognized with an opening-day introduction." A companion measure is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives soon.
A survey of flying doctors found that 80 percent favor third class medical reform.
AOPA has asked the mayor of Chesapeake City, Maryland, to reconsider a proposed ban on overflights below 400 feet agl that would impact helicopter operations.
As the push for third class medical reform continues on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue is expressing his support for the effort by reaching out to fellow AMEs with compelling reasons of why pilot safety won’t be affected by medical reform.
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