FAA Rules Against Pilots At Texas Airport

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Investigators with the FAA's Southwest Region this week found that officials at Addison Airport, in Texas, didn't violate any federal rules when they spent airport-improvement funds to build a concrete plant and give a half-million-dollar incentive to a corporate tenant to build a new hangar, The Dallas Morning News reported on Tuesday. Pilots at the airport have complained that their hangar-rental fees have increased while grants intended for airport improvements were misspent. In May, AOPA joined their side and pressed for the FAA audit. But the FAA this week said the airport was within its rights to spend the money as it did. "We don't agree," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president. "The money is coming from other tenants on the airport and then being put into private development. That's inappropriate." AOPA has asked that the Washington FAA office conduct a new audit. "AOPA expects that, based on the findings, FAA headquarters will review and most likely reverse those findings," AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb yesterday.