PHL-CAW
9/16/2004
  Judge Can Read Dictionary
--- Well it seems that when the actual definition of something is needed a judge will pick up a dictionary and confirm the meaning of word when making a ruling. Maybe we should have asked that NJ judge to rule on the definition of Airspace/Flight Path and whether it should be considered a public highway in order to prosecute a drunken pilot?

Funny, now with all the controversy surrounding McGreevey, it seems that New Jersey is now in play for the presidential election as well? Are the voters finally sick and tired of bureaucrats twisting the law in order to get their own way? Do NJ voters know about runway 17/35 extension project and the past history of jet routing over the skies of New Jersey? Read more about the first NY/NJ/PHL airspace controversy and how the FAA was found to be "less than truthful" by a member of NJ Congressional delegation.

The question we still need answered by everyone's U.S. Congressional delegation and all local representation is --Do they endorse executive orders, by the President of the United States, that streamline environmental studies (PHL 17/35) that will park jets over population densities of 9000 people per square mile? The voters should know the answer to this question before we cast our votes in November, don't you think?

Stephen Donato
www.phl-caw.org


Judge: No vacancy, no special election
The judge cited several dictionary definitions of "vacancy," all of which related in some way to an unoccupied office. McGreevey hasn't submitted a resignation letter, and Brown said his Aug. 12 announcement wasn't an official resignation but a notice that he will resign Nov. 15.

PA Judge rules "Airspace/Flight Path Is Not Public Highway"
The PA judge ruled that flight paths are not highways so the prosecutor can't get this pilot on DUI charges under PA state law. Montgomery County DA Castor relied on the definition of a "vehicle" as something that travels on "a way" to file the DUI charge against Salamone. This ruling would have set precedent in Pennsylvania where it's largest airport uses that "highway" in neighboring states and within it's own borders claiming eminent domain under Federal Law.

See definition below of flight path from website dictionary.

Flight Path
n. The precise route taken or due to be taken through the air by an aircraft or spacecraft.
n 1: the path of an aircraft or rocket through the air 2: a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another [syn: air lane, airway]

Ferguson, who requested investigation, says FAA ‘less than truthful’
“The FAA was less than truthful at best or lied and created facts at worst – either is unacceptable,” Ferguson said. “At times the noise over central New Jersey has been deafening and countless homes have been shaken to their foundations. New Jersey families planning barbeques this summer might has well cook their hot dogs on the tarmac in Newark – it’s likely to be a lot quieter there than in their back yards.” This kind of recklessness and disregard for the truth also calls into question FAA’s ability to effectively implement the comprehensive airspace redesign for airline routes over New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia set for 2005.”

However, a categorical FAA exclusion from these requirements is authorized for airspace changes (instrument approach procedures, departure procedures, and en route procedures).

Our View -- PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT
Noise group should get elected federal officials involved
Last week, the group was told by the FAA that the noise levels weren't serious. That's baloney. Right now the levels might not reach a decibel level that causes loss of hearing, but the steady drone of jet plans drowns out conversations every day in homes across the state's [Delaware] northern arc.


President Bush speaking in Ardmore, PA --March, 2004.
Was the public address system loud enough to drown out the increasing jet traffic?


Swarthmore urges residents to join airport expansion talks
By Amy A. Winnemore , EDITORIAL ASSISTANT 09/15/2004
Residents concerned with the Philadelphia Airport's proposed Runway 17-35 Extension Project, are urged to join one of the borough's new committees. The FAA will hold three public information meetings this month, including one at Upper Darby High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. Other meetings will be in Paulsboro, N.J. and in Philadelphia. "It's important that Swarthmore is represented," said Swarthmore Borough Council member Peg Hebner, who also serves as chair of the Environment, Parks and Recreation Board, Monday night. The meetings will include a presentation by the FAA and their consultant team on the
preliminary findings of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and a question and answer session.

Meeting info:http://www.phlrunway17-35eis.com

Judge: No vacancy, no special election
 
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