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December 08, 2004

AOPA Has Two Words In Answer To Chicago FAA Brief

"Revisionist" And "Insulting"

The city of Chicago’s claim that Meigs Field was abandoned and had to be cleaned up is an insulting, revisionist explanation that warps the truth, says the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The claim is contained in a response from the city’s attorneys to an FAA investigation into whether or not Chicago improperly used $1.5 million in airport development funds earmarked for O’Hare International Airport to pay for the Meigs demolition.

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Boyer, ICAO Talk About Value Of GA

AOPA Chief: "There's More To Aviation Than The Airlines"

When aviation leaders from around the world get together, the conversation naturally turns to talk of air traffic control, airport access, regulation, and security. These issues affect every pilot and every flight everywhere in the world — but too often aviation officials think only of the airlines.

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Upgraded: Debra Lemke

RSW Promotes Her To Governmental Affairs Director

Debra A. Lemke has been promoted to the position of department director of governmental affairs for the Lee County Port Authority. She directs funding strategies, governmental coordination and grant-related issues for Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field General Aviation Airport in Fort Myers.

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Aero-News Alert: Tragedy Strikes AST/Texas Air Aces... Again

Last year, ANN had the sorry task of reporting the death of Texas Air Aces/Aviation Safety Training Boss Don Wylie in a T-34 crash. Yesterday, one of Don's compatriots was lost... in a T-34. The Beechcraft T-34 went down some time Tuesday morning near Lake Conroe, some 55 miles North of Houston. One witness reports seeing a wing separate from the aircraft prior to impact. The main impact area was located about a quarter mile from the remains of the separated wing and both occupants, including AST's Richard Gillenwaters.

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Actor Morgan Freeman: Grounded?

Cites Incident At Teterboro, Says He's In Dutch With FAA

Movie star Morgan Freeman's flying dreams have been dealt a severe blow - he has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for breaking altitude rules.

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