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As reported by the local media here in Chicago, later today an emergency injunction is to be heard in order to stop any further destruction of Meigs field. Due to our rainy weather the last plane still HASN'T taken off yet from Meigs! So perhaps a judges order can be heard before the destruction continues.Weds there was a near mid-air collision over Meigs. It was averted thanks to the fact for now the Tower was still in operation!If you'd like more info and some video on the story head to;(believe they have the control/pilot conversation, quite telling!)(Dont have Realplayer8 installed so cant play the video. :~P )http://abclocal.go.com/wls/news/040403_ns_meigs.htmlI find the end of the article and was mentioned on various local media outlets the most interesting. "Every year there are thousands of flights along the lakefront, particularly during the summer. They will continue to be legal despite the no-fly zone over part of the city. Who will be watching and how they'll be controlled-- if at all-- are unanswered questions." So in fact closing Meigs wouldn't stop a GA plane from running into a downtown building/Grant Park event.Personally, I'd much rather see a Tax generating airport on that spot then another unused lakeside park.Edit: http://www.friendsofmeigs.org/ has the Audio of the near mid-air collision on their frontpage.

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From the Chicago Tribune:Judge William Maki ordered the city to preserve the taxiway, terminal building and other components that make up the lakefront airport, and set a May 16 hearing date on a preliminary injunction, sought by the Friends of Meigs, against further demolition at the 55-year-old airfield.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/c...hi%2Dnews%2Dhed

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Well, It's a start.daley is such an incompetant mayor. He and his staff are so inept they don't even understand the airspace over the lake, and how it will now allow more flights because of the removal of the umbrella over meigs..Here is my new sig...You Like it? :-lol :-lol.http://home.attbi.com/~sonar5/sig1.jpg.Here are Picture Galleries of My Trip out west in 2002..Gallery #1 Pima Air & Space Museum + AMARC (Boneyard) at Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona. (over 240 Pictures)http://www.pbase.com/sonar5/pimaamarc

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Really sad. I know there are things to do for "Homeland Security" but closing that airport will do nothing to help. This guy needs to get his head in check! Fast!Amazing airfield. I did more that 10 flights in the 90's there. Just a shame it's over.Glen Lewis :-kewl

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He was wanting the airspace closed permanently or put under O'Hare class B (which would have meant pretty much the same thing as they're too busy to let in some Cessna for sightseeing).

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The airspace in question is already materially "under the Class Bravo", and the only change would be that with the field closed there'd be no local airspace to be "controlled" by a local controller. It would actually REMOVE the present restriction. If you check the current Class Bravo structure, the 15 mile radius limit crosses right OVER CGX and between that point at the 10 mile radius the floor of the Class B is 3000. Therefore with NO CGX local airspace, so long as a/c stay within the VFR requirements of minimum distance from buildings etc., they can fly the airspace for sighseeing with less restrictions than were there before.Ian Abel - VATSIM Chicago ARTCC Chief

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