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General Aviation Voices Shock and Outrage to President Bush on Meigs Field Closure

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, April 3, 2003 - Today, six general aviation groups signed a letter to President Bush expressing the community's "shock and outrage" over the Mayor of Chicago's use of national security as an excuse to demolish Meigs Field.

The letter asks the President to "reaffirm Federal authority over security matters affecting the nation's air transportation system." Additionally, the letter asks the President to elevate the importance of our national system of airports to that of our national system of highways.

The text of the letter to President Bush from the National Business Aviation Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Air Transportation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Helicopter Association International is available for download in PDF format (496 KB) at www.nbaa.org/airports/CGX/meigs_bush_ltr.pdf.

For more information, contact Cassandra Bosco, NBAA director, public relations, at (202) 783-9362 or [email protected].

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