November 1, 2008
By AOPA Communications staff
As a state senator in Illinois, I supported efforts to accommodate general aviation traffic at a third Chicago-area airport in Peotone, Illinois, after general aviation traffic was displaced from the closing of Chicago’s Meigs Field.
Both the 2000 and 2004 FAA reauthorization bills that passed Congress while I was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee included robust funding levels for the airport improvement program (AIP), especially for small general aviation airports. Furthermore, when many of these smaller airports were struggling financially after 9/11, I supported efforts in Congress to assist them.
Next: General aviation airports are an important part of the national air transportation system but are often faced with the threat of closure or limits on access. How will you support general aviation airports as part of the national airport system?
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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