FAA planning to authorize new approach to Newark Airport

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.

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Our Senators finally speak

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.

Read the letter here

 

Senator McCain urging support for noise mitigation and community outreach in FAA Reauthorization Bill

What are our Senators in New York doing to address this issue?
Answer:  Nothing

House leadership to shelve FAA overhaul

The GOP saw through Rep. Bill Shuster’s motives and his close relationship with A4A.

The House Republican leadership is shelving plans to pass an overhaul of the Federal Aviation Administration, a major blow to House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, according to multiple senior aides.

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Flake, McCain Introduce Bill Requiring Stakeholder Input on FAA Airspace Changes

Flake and McCain are on the ball.

Where are our NY senators?

U.S Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) today introduced the Airspace Management Advisory Committee Act. The bill – which stems from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) failure to engage with communities and airports before altering flight paths into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – would require the FAA to create an airspace management advisory committee to review and provide input on future significant airspace changes. The legislation builds on a recent bill by Flake and McCain to require the FAA to engage with communities and airports before altering flight paths.

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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).