Temporary Relief Ahead, but don’t expect any changes for the better

in fact, it’s only going to get worse.

JFK Runway 4R/22L, the runway of choice for arrivals (effectively routing airplanes over Northern Nassau and parts of Suffolk), will undergo construction “to make more efficient” and to accommodate even LARGER airplanes.  That’s right; even bigger, slow moving, louder airplanes will be cruising above our homes after the runway work is completed later this year.

The official notice:

JFK Runway Closure

*** Runway 4R/22L will have a long term closure starting from 2/27/17 12:00 AM until 6/1/17 for Runway Rehabilitation Project ***

Expected schedule: 2/27 – 5/31 Full runway closure; 6/1 – 9/4 Nighttime closures; 9/5 – 11/17 Full runway closure. The First 72 hr shutdown of 13L LOC is scheduled to begin 3/20/17

The expected completion date is 11/17/2017, the day before we all die an even slower death.  Not looking forward to the increased noise and air pollution!

See the schedule here

Interesting how the runway will re-open in time for the Summer.  Almost as if this is done to give Long Beach a break, while making the outdoor weather unbearable for Northern Nassau.  Just a theory!

(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.

Read more here:

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

Federal grant adds $3.1M for study to curb Kennedy Airport airplane noise

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who both helped secure the funding, said in a joint statement that the federal Department of Transportation will contribute $3.1 million to the analysis, known as a Part 150 study. A similar grant for LaGuardia Airport is expected to be announced soon, officials said.

LaGuardia funds to follow shortly.

Read more @ Newsday

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??

PANYNJ February Noise Complaints Report

Complaint figures have decreased (or has it been kept low artificially….?)  Is it because the situation is making a turn for the better?  Wishful thinking!

You can bet that residents have given up on making complaints because to date, save for the announcement of the Part 150, nothing is actually being done to improve the situation.

Find the report here

New York Airports Community Roundtable Formation

The PANYNJ has proposed the use of a single roundtable with two airport committees, one to represent LGA and one for JFK.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30p at York College.

Read more here

PANYNJ December Noise Complaints Report

No surprise here.  A steady increase in complaints.  Though a slight drop from the summer’s peak.  However, there is a mark decrease in complaints for some towns (ie New Hyde Park) while we know undoubtedly that the number of flight operations have increased.

We can only assume residents have been left frustrated as their complaints are not being heard or acted upon, and have simply stopped.  That’s what the PANYNJ and FAA want us to do.  Don’t stop.

Also hard to believe the towns east of JFK have twice as many complaints over November.  Runway 31L/R are BARELY used.  ATC do their very best to AVOID those areas.  Is anyone wondering why that is, yet?  Start asking.

We are the victims of noise and air pollution.  We are not asking for airports to go away, they’re a necessary evil.  But the towns under the 22L flightpath are severely abused, and this needs to change.  There needs to be greater attention paid to safety protocols in regards to wind direction (and not put efficiency first), equal distribution of runway use, and a greater spread of flight paths.

Please help spread the message.

Read the complaint report here.