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Local News
7:22 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Airport Commission Questions Existence, Considers Firing Orr In First Meeting

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee (right) addresses the Charlotte Airport Commission, including lawyers Martin Brackett and Richard Vinroot (at end of table), and executive director Jerry Orr. City officials have sued the commission, are facing Vinroot and Brackett in court, and ousted Orr from his previous post as Charlotte aviation director. City lawmakers also appointed most of the commission.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The Charlotte airport commission—which the city wants to disband—met for the first time last night, in the city council's own quarters. Commissioners met to figure out what, if any, role they have while a court battle stalls their takeover of Charlotte Douglas Airport.  After four hours of deliberation, the 13-member commission decided to put its lawyers on a short leash, but stopped short of firing their executive director.


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Local News
4:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Court Punts Charlotte Airport Decision Back To Feds

Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains under city control until the FAA decides otherwise.
Credit Julie Rose

  Still more punting going on in the fight for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport: A Superior Court judge today refused to weigh-in on questions posed by federal regulators about the nature of the commission lawmakers created to run the airport. 

As Judge Robert Ervin put it in court today: Why does the Federal Aviation Administration care what "some fool judge" thinks? "Because there's nothing to keep the FAA from looking at any declaration this court makes and saying, 'So what?'"  

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Local News
8:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge To Hear More Airport Arguments Friday

"The nature of the beast" is the question for Judge Robert Ervin, who will hear arguments about Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday in a Mecklenburg County courtroom.


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Local News
9:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Says Airport Books Inaccurate, Incomplete

Former aviation director Jerry Orr (r) and his attorney Richard Vinroot respond to a city audit that alleges 'inaccuracies' in airport documents.
Credit Julie Rose

An audit by the city of Charlotte has turned up a number of missing, incomplete or inaccurate documents on the airport's books that may pose a problem for federal aviation authorities. The findings are part of a series of ongoing audits into airport operations spurred by the city's fight to keep control of Charlotte Douglas International.


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Local News
11:51 am
Thu September 26, 2013

FAA Says CLT Stays With City Until Lawsuit Is Resolved

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Both sides of the Charlotte airport power struggle are cheering a move by the FAA to essentially punt the issue back to the courts. That means, for now, the airport stays under the city's control.

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Local News
10:13 am
Tue September 24, 2013

City Council Opposes CLT Commission, Appoints Members Anyway

Four Charlotte residents have been appointed by the city council to serve on a commission formed to govern Charlotte Douglas International Airport. However, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon was clear the council only made its appointments to "fulfill the letter of the law" which includes an October 1 deadline for appointing commission members.

In reality, the city hopes the commission will never have a role at the airport.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Airport Commission Attorney: City's Arguments 'Utterly Baseless'

Attorney Richard Vinroot responds to media questions on behalf of Jerry Orr and the airport commission created by SB 380.
Credit Julie Rose

An attorney for backers of a regional commission to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport says the city's legal arguments against a transfer are "utterly baseless," because there is no transfer. Rather, Richard Vinroot says airport would remain the city's property and the new commission to operate it would be an agency of the city.

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Local News
2:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

FAA Has 'Concerns' About Airport Commission Bill

Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and city attorney Bob Hagemann briefly address the media after a closed session Monday night to discuss airport-related legal action.
Credit Julie Rose

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has "several concerns" about recently-passed legislation to place Charlotte airport operations under the control of a regional commission.

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Charlotte Observer
10:26 am
Fri July 26, 2013

N.C. Legislators Give Final OK To Charlotte Airport Bill

Charlotte Douglas Airport. File photo.
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RALEIGH The North Carolina legislature, plowing into the wee hours and past the objections of Democrats, gave final approval early Friday to a measure creating a Charlotte airport commission.

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Breaking
2:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Plan For Charlotte Airport Moving Swiftly In Raleigh

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says latest airport measure to create a 'commission' is just an 'authority by another name.'
Credit Julie Rose

If you're having trouble keeping up with the status of the Charlotte airport, you're not alone.  Yet another airport bill now making its way through the state legislature in the final hours of the regular session, which is supposed to end at midnight tonight.

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