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.
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.
U.S Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) today introduced the Airspace Management Advisory Committee Act. The bill – which stems from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) failure to engage with communities and airports before altering flight paths into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – would require the FAA to create an airspace management advisory committee to review and provide input on future significant airspace changes. The legislation builds on a recent bill by Flake and McCain to require the FAA to engage with communities and airports before altering flight paths.
It’s the latest example of the Transportation Committee chairman’s coziness with the airline industry. The Airlines have the politicians in their back pocket, (or gets in bed with, literally). Our politicians should have the citizen’s best interests top of mind.
Recognizing that aviation noise is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR) contains several provisions that seem to address the problem of aviation noise. Section 614, for example, will increase community involvement in processes that may increase aviation noise. Section 604 requires the FAA to review the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. And Sections 137 requires the FAA to revisit its methodology for assessing aviation noise, while Section 138 requires the FAA to revisit certain actions for which a categorical exclusion was taken. These are steps forward in setting up a more responsive aviation noise regulatory framework. However, without enforceable aviation noise standards, these provisions mean very little.