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Congress approves one-year ban on stadium over-flights

Airplanes flying fewer than 3,000 feet above or within three miles of Michigan Stadium would be banned for one year under legislation passed by Congress and sent to the president for his signature.

The provisions were included in an omnibus spending bill passed Feb. 13 by the House and Senate. Under the measure, no waivers of the rules banning flights over stadiums would be allowed for 12 months.

During that time, the Federal Aviation Administration also is directed to conduct a public rulemaking regarding what policy should be related to planes flying low over large sports venues such as Michigan Stadium.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Kalamazoo), LSA '75, introduced legislation last fall that helped lead to the provisions ultimately passed last week. U-M supports this provision and worked with a coalition of sports interests and lawmakers to secure its inclusion in the omnibus legislation.

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