Wants GA Aircraft Banned Over Cities, Says Incident Justifies
Closure Of Meigs
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the man General Aviation loves to
hate, renewed his call for a ban on GA flight over major cities in
the wake of Wednesday's light plane incursion deep into the
Daley also said the Washington incident proves he was right to
destroy Meigs Field under the cover of darkness two years ago.
"They should value the lives of people in large cities," he said
during a City Hall news conference, quoted by the Chicago Tribune.
"We need the same protection as Washington, DC."
Daley told reporters, "The thing about this was a single-engine
plane. And remember when I talked about, after 9/11, single-engine
planes can fly any part of the country except Disneyland in
California, Disneyland (Disney World) in Florida, the White House,
the US Capitol and New York."
"We don't have enough time," he said, referring to the amount of
time between the detection of a possible airborne threat over
Chicago and the time a military of DHS response might be mounted.
"We don't have any jets here. I mean, the city doesn't have a
General aviation aircraft should be forced to circumnavigate the
Windy City, he said, flying around the town and over Lake Michigan
rather than over the Loop, he said.
"That's why closing [Meigs Field] was the best thing we did. I
value the lives of people in Washington, New York, and of course
Disneyland. They should value the lives of people in large cities
such as ours... and we need the same protection as Washington, DC,"
he said hours after the Washington ADIZ incursion.
For those pilots who stray, Daley said he wanted to see federal
authorities institute big fines. "I think it should be a mandatory
fine; $100, $200, $500,000. I mean, they have all the equipment
necessary on these planes."