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.
Washington, DC – Today Rep. Ruben Gallego and 14 cosponsors introduced the FAA Community Accountability Act to give local communities a say in the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision-making process regarding flight paths.
The FAA Community Accountability Act would establish a new process to compel the FAA to reconsider existing flight routes that are exposing residents to unacceptably high levels of aviation noise. The legislation would also end the presumption under current law that flight paths implemented through the NextGen program may not follow pre-existing routes, even when these paths better reflect land use around the airport.
The bill would designate Community Ombudsmen to serve as effective, independent voices for airport communities within the agency. Finally, the bill would prevent the FAA from bypassing the environmental review process for new flight paths over the objections of local communities.
The bills original cosponsors include Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Steve Israel (D-NY), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA)Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Alan Grayson (D-FL), and Don Beyer (D-VA).
“There are reports from throughout the country of intolerable nighttime and early morning airplane noise in residential neighborhoods, much of it caused by new flight paths designed to implement NextGen…. Airplane noise has become a nationwide issue for many members of our Committee and many other Members. A congressional hearing at this time would help our Committee discover what FAA is doing to mitigate noise; whether NextGen, commercial airlines, or other factors are responsible for increased airplane noise; and what can be done about it.”
As of today, JFK air traffic controllers have switched from the combined used of 22L and 13L for arrivals, to 22L/R full time.
What does this mean? Remember how terrible the noise and air was in April (just before runway reconstruction)? It will be worse than that. 22R was modified wider and longer to accommodate the heavies.
Good luck getting any rest going forward, and prepare your lungs to inhale the particulate matter emitted from the aircrafts above from now until Congress figures out how to stomp out NextGen (not likely). Problem is, the airline industry has powerful lobbyist (Global Gateway Alliance) who are fighting very hard to keep NextGen alive. Corrupted officials’ wallets are getting heavier, while Autism runs rampant on the Island.