May 16, 2003
AOPA was in federal court in Chicago on Thursday, for the first hearing on the association's suit against the city of Chicago for closing and digging up Meigs Field airport.
The judge gave AOPA until June 5 to respond to the city's motion to dismiss. After that the city will have 11 days to answer. The judge did not say when a ruling could be expected.
At Thursday's hearing, AOPA told the judge that the association will seek an emergency injunction to prevent the city from performing any further demolition if a state-issued temporary restraining order (TRO) is allowed to lapse.
A state judge is expected to issue his decision about continuing that TRO on May 23.
He announced that during a hearing today on the suit filed by Friends of Meigs and others in state court.
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.
The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.