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AOPA talks to FAA chief legal officer about Meigs Field destructionAOPA talks to FAA chief legal officer about Meigs Field destruction

Moving forward with the AOPA 12-point plan for the restoration of Meigs Field airport in Chicago, AOPA General Counsel John Yodice and Associate Counsel Kathy Yodice yesterday met with the acting FAA chief counsel and a senior attorney from the FAA's airports legal division.

AOPA pressed the FAA to review all legal options that may be available to the agency to preserve Meigs Field. The FAA attorneys concurred with AOPA's analysis that the traditional legal means of keeping an airport open—enforcement of grant assurances—don't apply to Meigs because all federal grants have expired. AOPA also asked the FAA to act expeditiously on the association's formal Part 157 complaint concerning Chicago's failure to follow federal notification regulations when it destroyed the Meigs runway.

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