Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has a problem. The man who bulldozed
Meigs Field earlier this year with the intention of turning the
lakeside airport into a park doesn't have enough money to pay for
the pet project.
To do so means increasing mooring fees along Lake Michigan and
increasing local property taxes to fund the Parks Department.
Enter the Friends of Meigs Field (FOM). They're here to help. The
group presented its proposal, “Parks and Planes,”
at the Chicago Park District board budget hearings Thursday,
following up with a request to aviation enthusiasts everywhere to
express their support through a special message to the board,
accessed from its website. FOM wants to combine a re-opened airport
with new parkland—the Bessie Coleman Skypark—a
The pilot of a Cessna 441 that went down shortly after take-off
from Birmingham International Airport (AL) Wednesday has been
identified through dental records. The Jefferson County Coroner's
office says 56-year old John Wayne DeLamater and 44-year old Melia
Warrington were killed when the aircraft crashed minutes after
take-off, at around 2:21 pm Wednesday. The Cessna was on its way to
Venice (FL) after Ms. Warrington visited with a sick relative in
Alabama. She was from Osprey (FL). DeLamater was from Gulfport
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. A company
contracted by the NTSB removed the wreckage Friday.
Statement by the President George W. Bush, Friday, December
Today, I have signed into law H.R. 2115, the "Vision 100 --
Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act." The Act is designed to
strengthen America's aviation sector, provide needed authority to
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and enhance the safety
of the traveling public.