The fate of Chicago’s Meigs Field (CGX), still in limbo because of Senate inaction last year, has not disappeared from the radar screen of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). On January 7, the first day of the 108th Congress, he introduced legislation that would ensure the future of the downtown lakefront airport.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a veteran of the bare-knuckle school of politics, is defiantly defending his destruction of Meigs Field last year despite threats from the FAA to fine the city $33,000 for closing the lakefront airport and another $4.5 million for illegally diverting revenues from O’Hare to pay for closing the downtown airport.
Raytheon Aircraft Services is expected to complete by June 15 the sale of its Rockford, Ill. FBO to Emery Air, one of its competitors at the Greater Rockford Airport. Emery said it plans to retain most of the 43 Raytheon employees and will remain an authorized service center for the Premier I and King Air.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Greater Rockford Airport in Illinois. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or denied no later than November 4. Comments may be submitted until July 7. For further details, contact the FAA’s Prescott Snyder in Des Plaines, Ill. at (847) 294-7538 or via fax at (847) 294-7046.
At first glance Chicago seems much like a handful of other large metropolitan cities–a pair of airline hubs surrounded by a smattering of general aviation reliever fields. But in Chicago’s case, the center of the airspace is O’Hare International Airport, the world’s busiest (909,530 operations last year). Chicago’s second hub, Midway, relinquished that same title to O’Hare in the 1960s.
Local officials in Bolingbrook, Ill., a Chicago suburb, took measures last month toward upgrading Clow International Airport (1C5) to a general-aviation reliever airport
Chicago-area FBO and maintenance/avionics company J.A. Air Center is building a 108,000-sq-ft facility at Aurora Municipal Airport. The company also operates an FBO at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. The $20 million Aurora facility includes more than 60,000 sq ft of clear-span hangar space and 50,000 sq ft of office space.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Lincoln Airport, Neb., and is expected to issue its findings no later than June 4. The program is being submitted under the guidelines of FAR Part 150, and comments can be submitted until February 9. For more information, call the FAA at (816) 329-2645.
Higher altitude procedures are now in place to reduce low-altitude flying over Lake Michigan by aircraft operating to and from several satellite airports near Chicago. The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association has been working with the FAA to eliminate ATC’s routine routing of many flights over the lake at 4,000 feet.
Palwaukee Municipal Airport has a new name. The Wheeling, Ill. airport is now called Chicago Executive. Palwaukee started in 1925 and grew into “the most important reliever airport in the country,” according to the new chairman of the board, Kevin Dohm. A United Airlines pilot, Dohm pointed out that the airport is only eight miles from O’Hare and 20 miles from Chicago’s business district.