May June 2003 Cal Pilots Newsletter
by Ed Rosiak
This truly is an example of politics at their worst. Not long ago, Daley signed an agreement to keep Meigs Field open for the next several years. To this editor, he is an example of what happens when self-serving politicians do as they please without due process. Several of the larger alphabet aviation groups are in legal action aimed at Daley’s political machine. What does this means to us? The biggest concern is that other Politico’s will be watching. They will want to determine what happens as a result of this ‘in your face political move’ on an airport asset which may not accrue as much tax money as a new subdivision; or does not fit what the current political environment believes should be there. Lets hope that the multiple lawsuits, which have followed, will show politicians that they cannot act without due process. AOPA is right on top of this issue, along with the Friends or Meigs, and business aviation organizations all of whom have the assets, and power to respond legally.
We must all remember however, that national aviation organizations cannot handle everything. It is more important than ever to belong to multiple organized aviation groups, to protect our rights. National, statewide, and local aviation organization memberships are required to protect us. This tiered approach is the best way to protect airports. It?s also the only way to ensure that local issues are uncovered, and understood in a timely manner. Local pilot groups such as airport groups or geographic groups, are an airport?s first line of defense. The protection hierarchy is: Local, Statewide, and National. Luckily for California Pilots, we have an excellent statewide organization in the California Pilots Association. After Daley?s actions, there should no longer be any doubt why every California Pilot should belong to CPA. Don?t think that this can?t happen here, or you may be looking at your airport through a fence. Keeping our airports open requires daily vigilance. Remember, together, we will make a difference protecting our airports.