Skydivers Grounded During Dispute At Michigan Airport

Courtesy: KRNV / MGN

(WLNS) – In past years skydivers would be seen flying above a small airport in Lenawee County by this time of year. But this spring the skies are empty because of a dispute between a skydiving company and airport management.

According to the AP and our media partners at MLive, Al Meyers Airport operations manager Andrew Aalto sent a letter in January to Skydive Tecumseh that he was closing the airport to skydiving operations because he had concerns over safety. Aalto’s attorney Charles Gross said his client had contacted Skydive Tecumseh several times to express those concerns.

Aalto’s lawyer Charles Gross says Skydive Tecumseh is not in compliance with airport insurance requirements. A hearing is set for Tuesday in Lenawee County court and a restraining order that would allow Sydive Tecumseh to continue to operate while the airport’s concerns are addressed. At that hearing the two sides will present arguments concerning the impact of halting skydiving operations at the airport.

Skydivers usually start their jumps on April 1. Skydive Tecumseh has been in operation for 50 years. The company’s lawyer David Stimpson says that the shutdown would mean “the loss of our business and reputation nationwide.”

The AP and MLive contributed to this article

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