May 16, 2003
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley ought to be getting the message by now that his destruction of Meigs Field has implications far beyond his city limits. On Thursday, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approved a resolution to condemn the demolition and "to support AOPA's efforts to reopen Merrill C. Meigs Field."
"The Oklahoma Aeronautics commissioners understand what we have been unable to pound into Mayor Daley's head—that closing one airport that is part of an integrated system has a ripple effect that hurts everyone," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
The resolution calls the midnight raid on the airport an "act of domestic terrorism," and notes that it "was destroyed on March 31, 2003, by Mayor Daley in an effort to close the airport for his own personal reasons but claiming homeland security as an excuse."
In their resolution, the commission joined AOPA's call to the Department of Homeland Security to prohibit restrictions on or closures of public-use airports on claims of national security without the department's concurrence and a specific threat.
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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