Work In Progress
Plane Sense is continually working with elected officials who have shown support in our efforts to restore our quality of life and end the excessive overflights over our communities in Nassau County We recently met with Assemblyman Brian Curran who has introduced a bill in the New York State Assembly which states that an environmental study should be done to analyze the impact NextGen is having on the hardest hit communities. He will need the support of other elected officials to pass this bill. We will inform you of the state senators and members of the assembly who should be contacted by the residents of their districts.
Congressman Suozzi has made a commitment to his constituents to work to pass legislation in Congress that will relieve us of the incessant low flying flights over our homes. He has taken the position of co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus in Congress. Congressman Suozzi has accepted our proposal for amendments to be added to the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Bill and sent them to his Washington D.C. office.
Congresswoman Rice has also made a commitment by joining the Quiet Skies Caucus and sent our proposals to her Washington D.C. office.
We have one seat at the NYC Roundtable as a citizen member but we are working on acquiring a second seat representing the people of northern Nassau County.
Seeking a Solution
Plane Sense has contacted the Denton law firm in Washington D.C. to find the details regarding litigation against the FAA. We are in the early stages however; this litigation has a cost of $35,000-50,000 dollars.
Plane Sense is seeking venues to distribute informational material to the residents of Nassau County of the dangers they are exposed to by noise and air pollution generated by low flying flights. Through this effort we are also hoping to increase our membership.
Over flights, You May Have Noticed
Over flights over Nassau County has been increasing and the planes are lower than ever. Communities, who are directly under the flight paths i.e. rails, are experiencing a significant increase in planes. As we have stated before, the FAA and the PA are looking to increase the hourly departure and arrival rate.
It is of the utmost importance that all of our members continue to contact their elected officials to support this movement to regain the sanctity of our lives. We will need volunteers to help distribute flyers that will contain important information regarding our efforts. Without the work of all of our members, we will be destined to live in misery.
in fact, it’s only going to get worse.
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:
*** 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!
See the schedule here
Interesting how the runway will re-open in time for the Summer. Almost as if this is done to give Long Beach a break, while making the outdoor weather unbearable for Northern Nassau. Just a theory!
Please join us @ Bryant Library this Wednesday the 19th. More information can be found in the “Events” section of this website.
Elected officials and community activists unveil new airplane noise data in Flushing. As NY1’s Shannan Ferry explains, they’re calling on aviation agencies to reduce the noise.
Read more here
The Town of North Hempstead wants the Federal Aviation Administration to redirect their air traffic so residents can live in peace.
Residents are continuously calling the Town due to the incessant aircraft noise occurring over their communities, according to Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
Read more here
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.
Read more here
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.
Read the letter here
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.
Click here to read more
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.
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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.
Letter to County Executive Mangano
Letter to Supervisor Bosworth