Rep. Ruben Gallego Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Compel FAA to Reconsider Flight Routes and Address Flight Noise Problems

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).

Norton Requests Hearing on Airplane Noise Affecting D.C. and Communities Across the Nation

“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.”

Read more here:
http://norton.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/norton-requests-hearing-on-airplane-noise-affecting-dc-and-communities

Meng Introduces Legislation Requiring EPA to Take Over Efforts to Combat Airplane Noise Over Queens

With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doing virtually nothing to mitigate the barrage of increased airplane noise over Queens, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take the lead in combatting aircraft noise over the borough, as well as in affected communities across the country.

The Congresswoman’s bill is cosponsored by Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx), Steve Israel (D-Queens/L.I.), Kathleen Rice (D-L.I.), Nita Lowey (D-Westchester), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Mike Quigley (D-IL).

Read more here:
https://meng.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/meng-introduces-legislation-requiring-epa-to-take-over-efforts-to-combat

(Un)welcomed return of JFK 22R

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.

Goodbye to your welfare, and good luck.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/queens/news/2015/09/28/port-authority-reopens-runway-at-jfk-after-makeover.html

Unusually Quiet Times

You’ve endured months years of; low flying, ear deafening, anxiety causing, crop dusting airplanes overhead 30-to-45 seconds apart for hours on end.  What feels like never ending arrivals onto runway 22L.  Then —all of a sudden— around the same time JFK Int’l Airport had begun reconstruction of runway 22R/4L, you’ve witnessed for the very first time in a very long time — quiet skies.

And then you woke up.  But, it’s still quiet?!

What the what?!

You pinch yourself not once, not twice, but thrice.  You my friend, are not asleep.  This is real.  This is really happening.

The airplanes have finally ceased it’s raid over our homes.  The raids that frequently lasted for 72-hours straight, with maybe a 3-6 hour pause, and then back to another 24-48+ hour operation, have temporarily left the building.

Until now, the aerial assault that you never got used to — looked something like this:

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It has been explained by FAA officials that this configuration (22L & 22R arrivals + 31L departures) is used to increase efficiency, thereby reducing delays for arrival and departure operations.

Somebody, somewhere, swears that by forcing flights to make a gigantic U-turn over Nassau County, cutting across the island twice, made trips quicker for passengers, and also consumes less fuel for the airlines.  Mmm-hmm.  You can be the judge of that one.  Pictures are worth a thousand words!

There has got to be a good explanation, right?  Perhaps, it was due to extreme winds, or, a special event in NYC that’s pushing all of this travel demand!  Nope, this was a daily occurrence.  No anomalies.  Runway 22L was(is) selected as the runway of choice, regardless of; calm winds, strong winds, reindeers, tornadoes.

Now that reconstruction has taken a popular departure runway (22R) out of the mix, 22L has reverted back to it’s original role as THE OVERFLOW RUNWAY.

That’s right.  Historical runway configurations are now back in use.  Departures off 13R, arrivals into 13L, and overflow arrivals into 22L via the VOR/DME approach.

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Is it because of the closed runway that JFK Air Traffic operations and the airlines have decreased volume to account for the foreseeable delays?  Nope.  The number of daily flight operations have remained the same, if not increased slightly.

Based on Real-Time delay indices, very quickly you will notice that delays while using the historical runway configuration (due to 22R/4L runway closure) are less when compared to what the FAA declare as the optimal configuration.  That’s not very efficient now, is it?

That’s right, delays are now virtually non-existent.

Does this make sense to you?

But don’t get used to it.  The construction work has been slated to run through September 22nd.  Once runway reconstruction has completed, you can bet the raids will continue where they left off at the end of April.

Thereby, adding another excuse that NextGen is needed to reduce these forced delays.

FAA/PANYNJ, who are you kidding here??