GA Coalition sends letter to Senate in support of Chicago's Meigs Field

May 15, 2002

GENERAL AVIATION COALITION

 

members:

Aircraft Electronics Association

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Experimental Aircraft Association

General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Helicopter Association International

International Council of Airshows, Inc

National Aeronautic Association

National Air Transportation Association

National Aircraft Resale Association

National Agricultural Aviation Association

National Association of State Aviation Officials

National Business Aviation Association

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association

Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association

Soaring Society of America

University Aviation Association

U.S. Parachute Association

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Chairman: Tom Poberezny, EAA President
EAA Aviation Center, P.O. BOX 3086, Oshkosh WI 54903

 

 

April 15, 2002

 

 

The Honorable _____

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator _____:

The undersigned organizations represent those who make up all aspects of general aviation. We are writing to ask you to support legislation important to the nation's air transportation system—the National Aviation Capacity Expansion Act (S.2039) introduced by Senator Richard Durbin on March 20, 2002.

Senator Durbin's bill, and Representative William Lipinski's bill in the House of Representatives (H.R.3479), would codify the historical political agreement reached by Illinois Governor George Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley that will preserve Chicago's flagship general aviation airport Meigs Field for another 25 years, expand O'Hare International, and expedite the creation of a new airport at Peotone. The General Aviation Coalition strongly supports this agreement, focusing on its importance to preserving Meigs Field. We believe it is vital that the Governor and Mayor's agreement be embodied in federal legislation and have pledged our support to Senator Durbin and Representative Lipinski and continue to work to ensure passage of the National Aviation Capacity Expansion Act.

Meigs Field, a historic landmark on the shores of Lake Michigan, is an important air transportation access point to Chicago's business and government districts. The use of Meigs saves over an hour in travel to and from the next closest airport to the Loop—closing it has been compared to eliminating a perfectly good off-ramp from the interstate highway system. The 14 general aviation airports in the area, including Meigs Field, are part of the solution to airspace congestion not only in Chicago, but also for the entire national airspace system.

Chicago area airport capacity is not just an Illinois issue—airport delays in the Chicago area affect air transportation virtually everywhere in the United States and also have an impact on international flights. Chicago is a key transportation center, both as an originator of traffic and a connecting point for flights. There are national benefits to meeting capacity needs by keeping Meigs Field open, expanding O'Hare, and building a new airport at Peotone.

If you would like to cosponsor S.2039, please contact Patrick Souders in Senator Durbin's office at (202) 224-2152.

We urge you to support S.2039. The decision to address the Mayor and Governor's agreement legislatively reflects the importance of Chicago's airports in the National Aviation System.

Sincerely,

Paula R. Derks, President

Aircraft Electronics Association

 

Phil Boyer, President

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Tom Poberezny, President

Experimental Aircraft Association

 

 

Edward M. Bolen, President

General Aviation Manufacturers Association

 

Roy Resavage, President

Helicopter Association International

 

 

James Coyne, President

National Air Transportation Association

 

 

 

Donald J. Koranda, President

National Aeronautic Association

John W. Olcott, President

National Business Aviation Association

 

Brian Finnegan, President

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association

Paul C. Fiduccia, President

Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association

 

 

Chris Needels, Executive Director

U.S. Parachute Association

 

 

Carolyn Williamson, Executive Director

University Aviation Association