Some news from our counterparts in Chicago. The FAiR Coalition is making a request to be heard as Congress reevaluates the FAA NextGen re-authorization that is set to expire at the end of 2015.
If NextGen comes to our airports (and in some regards, it’s already here), you can expect planes spaced 30 seconds apart in tight configurations on all runways one after the other. More planes, more noise and more pollution into the most compact space technology can handle.
No surprise here. A steady increase in complaints. Though a slight drop from the summer’s peak. However, there is a mark decrease in complaints for some towns (ie New Hyde Park) while we know undoubtedly that the number of flight operations have increased.
We can only assume residents have been left frustrated as their complaints are not being heard or acted upon, and have simply stopped. That’s what the PANYNJ and FAA want us to do. Don’t stop.
Also hard to believe the towns east of JFK have twice as many complaints over November. Runway 31L/R are BARELY used. ATC do their very best to AVOID those areas. Is anyone wondering why that is, yet? Start asking.
We are the victims of noise and air pollution. We are not asking for airports to go away, they’re a necessary evil. But the towns under the 22L flightpath are severely abused, and this needs to change. There needs to be greater attention paid to safety protocols in regards to wind direction (and not put efficiency first), equal distribution of runway use, and a greater spread of flight paths.
Please help spread the message.
Read the complaint report here.
As many of you know, the Eastern Queens Alliance lost the recent legal battle appealing the FAA approval of the 4L/22R Runway extension project at JFK. We called for a complete environmental impact study (EIS) to determine the full environmental effects of such a project on our health and overall quality of life. The FAA and the PANYNJ maintained that they were just following standards and regulations approved by the FAA and by Congress. By there denial of our appeal, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ignored all of our arguments–the people’s arguments– and agreed. If we cannot get them to voluntarily consider the health and safety of our communities, we need to go over their heads and change the standards. Therefore, we are starting a “We The People” petition asking the Obama Administration to propose a revision of the FAA’s noise standards in light of recent scientific findings
By this petition, we are not asking for special treatment, or for the FAA to be held to unreasonable, unreachable standards. We are merely asking that Congress and the FAA revisit the FAA’s health and safety standards for noise exposure in light of more than thirty years of technological and scientific advancement and discovery. The communities of Eastern Queens and other airport-adjacent communities across the nation are overburdened and it isn’t fair. We deserve better! Our very health, safety and quality of life are at stake!
Please take this opportunity to show Congress that you care, and that you want them to care too. Please go to the following link to sign the We the People Petition! Please also pass the word along!
Short URL: http://wh.gov/ig5J5
Full URL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-faa-re-examine-its-65-decibel-dba-noise-safety-level-and-consider-55-dba-new-standard-human/2zGt1GN8
It was a terrible year filled with airplanes overhead spewing enormous amounts of cancer causing toxins, along with the apparent noise pollution. JFK Runway 22L was the single most
used abused runway that routes arrivals into JFK over Nassau and Queens County at just around 1700ft around most of the area.
The FAA and PANYNJ have abused us long enough as their new motto have become Efficiency Over Safety. These agencies have run amok as they lack any accountability for their actions, a complete disgrace. The flights overhead are accidents waiting to happen, especially when forced to land into galeforce crosswinds. Even the pilots complain!
The FAA Eastern Administrators and other ranking officials (who reside in the vicinity of the other 7 JFK runways) do not experience the number of flights comparable to those that route over Nassau and Queens via Runway 22L. Coincidence?
Be well, and be safe. If you are looking for peace and quiet in the skies in 2015, find a home relatively close to these officials.
How bad was it for Nassau and Queens residents in the year 2014? Click here, and you be the judge
It should be of no surprise to you that the FAA is described as a government agency that is; inefficient, incompetent, and loaded with mismanagement at all levels. Over-spending, low accountability, and corrupted officials that push for volume over safety.
Can we trust the the FAA to adequately implement NextGen in a safe manner, research environmental impacts, and equally distribute flight paths without singling out the same neighborhoods to take the brunt of the noise and air pollution? Doubtful.
Did you already forget about the falling piece of airplane equipment over Stewart Manor? Call that a lucky break, it landed on a resident’s lawn. Next time it could be your head.
JFK Runway 22L is absolutely being abused, in turn, abusing large areas of Nassau and Queens county. Let’s be real, the noise is part of the problem. It’s the most apparent problem yes (you can hear it). But to dismiss the bigger problem (the one we can’t see) would be a huge mistake.
These airplanes exhaust unbelievable amounts of cancer causing toxins above our heads. The FAA, ATC, PANYNJ are fattening their wallets at our expense. Can they deny that 22L is not over-used versus the other 7 runways??
Read the complaint report here.
The last FOIA request that was submitted by Sid Krimsky contradicted the FAA on actually listening to the complaints that come through the PANYNJ. Mr. Krimsky wrote the following letter to Carmine Gallo, FAA Regional Administrator – Eastern Region, a follow-up to the FOIA request. The people want answers.
Read it here