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?
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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