Top Letters And Comments, February 22, 2019


Meigs Field

The return of Meigs is a long, long shot but I guess it could happen. The location is perfect.

Pete Whelan

As a note, the Democratic machine will not be able to reopen Meigs. To many green people in the city will not allow it. As far as even making it a helipad, that makes no sense. There is a vertiport less than 2 miles west that serves the hospitals as well as any passengers that wish to fling wing into Chicago. There is also regular freight service by DHL every morning into the vertiport. ID 43IL.


Please direct me to the nearest statue of Richard M. Daley; I intend to throw a rope around the statue’s neck, topple it from its base and stomp on it. I loved your article, “Meigs is Coming Back” and want to see more of “good news” about CGX, even if it is only thinly possible.

Mac Hayes

Drone Noise

With all the talk about the future fleets of drones delivering packages to houses and the possibility of personal aircraft that look like oversized drones flittering about overhead, I wonder what the current residents who complain of airport noise are going to do when those drones sound like a constant swarm of mosquitoes overhead? It seems drone noise could affect more people than aircraft noise. I haven’t seen any discussion on that yet. Although, if they could make the four motors of a drone sound like four big radial engines, I’d be pretty happy with that.

Brian Eastman

Registration Trusts Make The News

“Only U.S. citizens and U.S. companies (75 percent owned by U.S. citizens) can register aircraft with the FAA.” Simply not true. A permanent resident can be a registered owner. Also Arizona, to the best of knowledge, has no citizenship requirements for a LLC. You should research “US person.”

Andrew Durbin

Garmin GPS 155 TSO Turns 25

I was the first at my airport to have a Garmin GPS 155 TSO installed. It was a bit complicated to set up for the approach, but being able to display bearing and track gave you a new precision. There were soon GPS-only approaches too. I remember an airport that I regularly visited in Ohio that became useable in bad weather. It was so new when I first flew it, that I had to tell the controller when I was flying over the IAFs so he could mark them. I also remember one year at Oshkosh when the ILS was out of service and with the reported ceilings, the lone GPS approach was the only way to get under them. Even though I replaced it with a 430 a few years later, I loved the 155 TSO while it lasted.

Art Friedman

EASA Publishes Competency-Based Instrument Rating Opinion

I would love to have an IFR-Lite for descending through clouds legally. This EASA proposal, sized for piston singles and multi, has higher minimum altitude and visibility, and I think presumes lower speeds. BRAVO. Sign me up. Pursuing a full IFR rating for precision and currency is overkill for me – way better ways to spend my aviation dollars.

Jeffrey L Pierson

I am an airline guy that fly’s GA on the side, and I am a member of the local EAA Chapter’s IMC Instrument Meteorological Conditions Club. We talk up IFR flying with people already rated and those individuals working towards their Instrument Rating. Many of our planned fly outs are met with little or no participation, even after I have offered to ride along. Most pilots are either noncurrent or lack confidence to fly in IMC. Same situation with all the CFII’s I have met. I wonder, how in the heck did some of these people acquire their IFR Ratings. I believe we have a serious breakdown, spanning over decades, in the Instrument training being offered. Too few CFII’s offering to fly in actual conditions with their students. Most newly minted IFR pilots know too little about our ATC system, how it works, how to file a flight plan, or even what a “pop up” clearance is. Any attempt to shorten or expedite IFR training will only create an ever-shrinking pool of pilots willing to fly into actual IMC conditions. Which is what truly promotes the GA we love that is dwindling away before are very eyes.

Tom O’Toole