Hurry Up and Wait
Why hasn’t the FAA implemented hourly capacity limits (Slot Rule) at PHL like they did last year at O’Hare in order to stop the chronic delays caused by airline over scheduling? Since PHL has been allowed (by FAA) to add more gates, without addressing the airfield and other infrastructure issues first -- flights surely must be delayed nation wide. Now to fix this problem we are told FAA must redesign the airspace and the proposed costly PHL expansion plans will take up to 10 years to implement. And who speaks for the communities miles from the airport concerned about the increased air traffic and the existing flight paths that the airspace redesign fails to address? Why haven't congressional hearings been scheduled to investigate these issues?
See below March 2005 email sent from Reading, PA resident.. ...With your knowledge of the Phila airport... I'm getting conflicting stories as to why my kid's flight (AirTran flight #780) was delayed from 6:30 last night until somewhere after midnight. Is there a "real" way to find out why?
What's going on at LVIA? According to LVIA officials about 25 percent of Lehigh Valley residents use New York airports and 25 to 30 percent use the Philadelphia airport. This statistic makes you wonder how many more residents from Bucks and Montgomery Counties are driving over an hour to PHL and then have to sit in the terminal, or worse yet, on the tarmac waiting to take off. Will "no action" be the "preffered alternative" for our elected officials?. Let's hope not.
Stephen Donato www.phl-caw.org
Philadelphia Airport Booms; Neighbors Protest Runway Plans Bloomberg News Oct 15, 2005 Southwest has driven down one-way fares to U.S. cities from Philadelphia by a quarter, airport officials estimate. New York- area residents, unable to fly Southwest from JFK, La Guardia or Newark, were traveling two hours to Philadelphia to do so, the New York Times reported in March. ``We'll add service there next year and hopefully, by the end of this year, we'll get additional gates,'' said Whitney Eichinger, a Southwest spokeswoman. Southwest leases six of the airport's 120 gates. US Airways uses 88. Some expansion opponents suggest that Philadelphia bring planes in along the Delaware River or divert traffic to regional airports such as Lehigh International near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, or Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vanderslice had a more radical solution: ``We need another airport.''
Stop the Noise -- The word Noise, on the other hand, is derived from the Latin word, noxia, meaning injury or hurt. It is defined by the National Institute of Public Health as being "Any sound - independent of loudness - that may produce an undesired physiological or psychological effect in an individual and that may interfere with the social ends of an individual or group." | Effects of Noise on Children's Learning and Health
-- Claire Matz
Editorial : No Change In Airnoise -- By FAA definition, we do not have a noise problem... Like other Federal agencies, the FAA is beyond control. Unless and until Mr Castle, Mr Carper, and Mr Biden get together enough support to withhold significant funds from the FAA, they will ignore us. | The Brandywine Community News, DE - April 7, 2003
Residents Ask FAA For More Information -- Gail Van Gilder, of Delaware Greenways, said the FAA already has their minds made up to approve the expansion. She said they need to answer questions from an air noise study conducted in December 2001.| The Brandywine Community News, DE - August 23, 2003
Cheap Air Fares Land In Philly - It's summer, it's humid and you have vacation days to spare. You're ready
for a getaway but, unfortunately, your wallet isn't. Out of luck? ...| The Delaware County Times, PA - Mar 8, 2004