FAA incompetency and mismanagement

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.

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PANYNJ November Noise Complaints Report

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.

Human Rights Day

Today, December 10th, 2014 is Human Rights Day.

It is a day that marks the 66th anniversary of the United Nations Charter on human rights.  It is a day celebrated in 192 United Nations member states throughout the world, in observance of a charter that provides for the support and protection of human rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the late president Franklin Roosevelt, in 1948 wrote the following in a special document which “declares” the rights that everyone in the entire world should have:

“In small places, close to home — so close that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.  Yet they are the world of the individual person;  the neighborhood he lives in;  the school or college he attends;  the factory, farm or office where he works.  Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination.  Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.  Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world”

What is the declaration?

The Declaration is not in itself a legally binding document.  However, it contains a series of principles and rights that are based on human rights standards that are found in other international instruments that are legally binding.

Relevant excerpts in regards to the Airplane noise and pollution issue that we face on a daily basis;

  • Article 1 – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.  They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
  • Article 12 – No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, or home.
  • Article 24 – Everyone has the right to rest and leisure.
  • Article 29 – Everyone has duties to the community and are encouraged to be defenders of human rights.

In 1997, Mary Robinson, second United Nations High Commission for Human Rights encouraged grass roots movements in communities to know, demand, and defend their rights.

“Human rights belong to people; human rights are about people on the ground and their rights.”

Challenges lie ahead.  Many in the international community believe that human rights, democracy, and development are intertwined.

This post is respectfully dedicated to the residents of Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Open Letter to Carmine Gallo, FAA Regional Administrator

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