JFK Runway 4R/22L, the runway of choice for arrivals (effectively routing airplanes over Northern Nassau and parts of Suffolk), will undergo construction “to make more efficient” and to accommodate even LARGER airplanes. That’s right; even bigger, slow moving, louder airplanes will be cruising above our homes after the runway work is completed later this year.
The official notice:
JFK Runway Closure
*** Runway 4R/22L will have a long term closure starting from 2/27/17 12:00 AM until 6/1/17 for Runway Rehabilitation Project ***
Expected schedule: 2/27 – 5/31 Full runway closure; 6/1 – 9/4 Nighttime closures; 9/5 – 11/17 Full runway closure. The First 72 hr shutdown of 13L LOC is scheduled to begin 3/20/17
The expected completion date is 11/17/2017, the day before we all die an even slower death. Not looking forward to the increased noise and air pollution!
This means some random community will be targeted without warning, and will be subjected to the non-stop barrage of low flying arrivals that we already see here in Nassau. This new approach will impede arrivals onto JFK runway 13L, which will also mean, more arrivals over runway 22 that loop around Long Island.
*13L is used in combination with 22R/L when JFK is using 3-runway configuration.
Representative Grace Meng has sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta voicing her concerns, also signed by Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Greg Meeks, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Rep. Steve Israel.
New York Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand’s letter to the FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. It’s a start, and we appreciate the letter from our Senators. We’re glad they brought up the topic of DNL, but not necessarily mentioning the push for more modern levels, 55db (which entails a flawed method on how airplane noise is measured, by taking the aggregate data and not per flight basis).
Community engagement is huge. Let’s see if/how the FAA responds. Please send your thanks to our Senators for their letter.
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board announced that the Town’s Aircraft Noise Public Education and Outreach Committee has released a newsletter, which is now available on the Town’s website. The newsletter includes articles regarding the rise of aircraft noise in the Town, how it affects the quality of life, information about local initiatives and possible remedies for the problem. You can read the full report at: www.northhempsteadny.gov/aircraftnoise.
“Airplane noise is a quality of life issue that affects our residents and these committees serve as a conduit to bring their concerns to our federal officials and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” said Supervisor Bosworth.
The Town of North Hempstead has created two aircraft noise committees in 2015 to help advocate for reduction in overhead aircraft noise.
Now, Supervisor Judi Bosworth has announced a newsletter will provide residents with updates on meetings between the committees and the Federal Aviation Administration, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
Mayor Koblenz, on Monday, April 11th, wrote to County Executive Ed Mangano and to Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Judi Bosworth, calling on them to consider immediately suing the FAA to gain equal distribution of the flight patterns. In the past, he had tried other avenues of recourse, but “they have been unavailing” he said. “Hopefully, through a law suit against the FAA we could gain some relief from the excessive noise and pollution.”
Below are links to copies of the letters which were sent to these officials.