Runways 22L and 22R at JFK are the shortest and narrowest at the airport. They are ONLY to be used as a “spillover/overflow” runway when JFK would land 13 L/R which were the historical flight paths into the airport. 22L was never built to be used as a primary arrival runway due to its short size and large residential flight path. BUT the FAA has increased these little runways to appease the airlines and get departures out as fast as they can with a 3-runway-configuration and to have no delays – they call it “departure demand” – clearly it means get as many out and as many in as they can for profit and efficiency at the expense of safety and residential noise/pollution impact. Senator Avella aired a story on this issue on CBS 2NY back in March 2014.
Typically the 22s were used historically in the summer months at JFK when winds prevailed S/SW/SSW. It was used in conjunction with the 13s as the overflow runway as mentioned. Residents would have an occasional plane pass overhead, certainly not now with what the FAA has done to Nassau. The usage would typically be in the afternoon hours when overseas flights were arriving from the East. A 1PM to 5PM usage was the norm. It would cease at 5PM until the following day even when the winds were strong and out of the S/SW/SSW, JFK would still use the primary arrivals runways of 13 L/R since they are the longest and most state of the art. The Bay Runway was completely rehabilitated on 2010 (Runway 13R/ 31L ) The FAA has now shifted all arriving flights into the 22s and making it the runway of choice for both day and night traffic.
During the past seven years, the FAA increased the usage of the 22s each year. Using it against safety standards at peak arrival times when severe crosswind and tailwinds were present in violation of their own standard operating procedures and protocols. This has resulted in putting capacity/efficiency/volume first over safety. This has led into pilots demanding to land onto a different runway other than 22L as they know safety is a breach and the landing is too dangerous for their plane. ATC’s are routinely using runway 22L with Wind-Shear present. Wind Shear is the number one cause of crashes on final approaches as it dramatically takes full control of the airplane upon a landing attempt. This occurs almost on a daily basis when the 22s are in usage. A commercial pilot should never have to request landing into the winds at a commercial major airport with 8 available runways – all which face the prevailing wind directions.
Currently JFK follows a schedule than current winds and weather. Residents living in Nassau under the 22s typically now see usage always starting the AM hours at 730/745AM until roughly 10/1030AM – and then at 4/430PM onward into the overnight – and having this process be repeated daily and nightly in violation of protocols and the TRACON Tower agreement. The TRACON agreement states that the FAA will not route arriving traffic into the 22s from 11PM to 7AM due to it being the largest residential flight path into JFK. This is routinely ignored and violated with proven data and resident’s reports. The 22s currently are averaging 16-24 hours a day even when winds are favoring the other runways to be in usage. Everyday at 4PM , winds aren’t mandating the 22s to be in usage.
The 22s are documented as a “last choice resort” for usage due to their size and large residential flight path. Many arriving jumbo’s cant land on 22L because its too short and therefore gives the plane a better risk for over-run. There have been numerous accidents/crashes on approach to this runway ( Avianca 52, Eastern 66 being major crashes ) Many arriving planes that land 22L clip the wings of other planes taxing due to the narrow size and tight taxi ways for the 22s.
For those that watch these media/news clips on the news and think this is just a “noise issue” think again – because this is what is happening behind the scenes in relation to the usage of Runway 22L at JFK. We are informing you that safety is a risk when using this runway and that is what is being kept from the residents.