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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Shuster lounges poolside with airline lobbyists as he pursues FAA bill

It’s the latest example of the Transportation Committee chairman’s coziness with the airline industry.  The Airlines have the politicians in their back pocket, (or gets in bed with, literally).  Our politicians should have the citizen’s best interests top of mind.

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(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

United Airlines Chief made deals with PANYNJ officials for favors

Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Continental Holdings, was fired this week. It appears he was making deals with public officials (specifically the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) to keep personally favored flights of politicians in the air, even when unprofitable, in a quid-pro-quo exchange for government subsidies to move a taxiway and better airport transit.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2015/09/11/smiseks-united-ouster-were-you-really-surprised/