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Meanwhile, AOPA has been pulling strings in Washington trying to find a way around the law, which was enacted last January. AOPA President Phil Boyer insists the air show could be accommodated within the law, but the FAA isn't budging. "This air show has a history going back to 1929 and has been a very popular Cleveland event for the past 40 years," said Boyer. "It would be a real shame if it were to die because of an overly restrictive interpretation of the law." AOPA says the law was enacted as a result of lobbying by major sports organizations but suggests that security wasn't the only motive. It notes that the law has cleared the skies over stadiums by prohibiting advertising banner towers as well. Boyer pledged to continue applying pressure to clear the way for the Cleveland show.