Strong Demand for Industrial Sites With Rail Links
''We are seeing a tremendous demand for rail-served buildings right now,'' said Robert C. Kossar of Binswanger/Klatskin in Teterboro. ''I have seen nothing like it in my 15 years in the business.'' Mr. Kossar said he was about to close a deal in the Newark area for a grocery concern, recently closed one just over the border in Eastern Pennsylvania for a lumber company and is currently searching for 250,000-square-foot rail-served buildings in New Jersey for a paper producer and for a recycling company.

Stephen Donato

Back-To-The-Rails Movement In The Freight Industry
  Court Opens Door To Searches Without Warrants
Sounds a lot like the FAA EIS process.

Stephen Donato

Court Opens Door To Searches Without Warrants
  McGreevey announced funding $450,000 ending Teterboro lawsuit
"The important thing to remember is we are doing this as part of our responsibility to be a good neighbor to the people who live and work near Teterboro Airport," said Port Authority spokeswoman Tiffany Townsend. "Air quality is an issue we have been concerned about for a long time, and under the direction of Governor McGreevey we are doubling our efforts."

Stephen Donato

03/25/2004 | McGreevey announced funding $450,000 ending Teterboro lawsuit
  PHL-CAW - Response to Southwest Airlines adding more flights @ PHL
It is our hope that the EPA will also investigate the FAA "Dual Modena" routing that started October 30, 2003. This new FAA routing split 50% of west outbound air traffic from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) over Delaware and Pennsylvania, adding daily --150 new outbound flights.

We want to know why the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace routing concepts were approved before the EIS draft was prepared?

Why was Congress briefed on Dual Modena departure in May 2003 and not the general public?

Why haven't the inbound PHL procedures over Delaware been addressed?

What about the the water routing concepts mentioned by the News Journal and the FAA website?

With new discount airlines coming to Philadelphia, what will the FAA do with the additional air traffic?

Why weren't we told about Dual Modena @ the 17-35 expansion meetings in August 2003?

Noise levels have increased again.

We have to live here.

Delaware Noise Alert - EPA Request - Discussing Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Expansion (EIS)
  Delaware Senators Biden and Carper Pitch Plan for Amtrak --Magic Bullet?
Now maybe we can get the ACELA to stop @ PHL airport. via Wilmington to Philadelphia. Let us connect the dots --What a concept high speed rail in and out of a major airport in the northeast? This thing could actually make money. That is no magic bullet, wonder what Arlen Specter would say?

Update : California High-Speed Rail Authority

Stephen Donato

Delaware Senators Biden and Carper Pitch Plan for Amtrak
  Southwest expected to double its Philadelphia service over the summer.
"They're coming to kill us," Siegel said. "They beat us on the West Coast, and they beat us in Baltimore. If they beat us in Philadelphia, they're going to kill us. ... US Airways CEO David Siegel

I didn't say it... Siegel did.

Stephen Donato

Southwest expected to double its Philadelphia service over the summer.

  Delaware River dredge study revised
How deep does the channel need to be in order to navigate the frozen gas ships BP wants to bring into NJ?. Also, I still want to know how they can float past Salem's Nuke with that much gas under pressure. If they dredge --plenty of cheap material will be available to extend the runways into the river @ PHL.

The dredge is bad for Delaware. How bad do they want it? I wonder.

12:45am The planes just started inbound

Stephen Donato

Delaware River dredge study revised
  03-23-04 | Paulsboro NJ | Air traffic over area may increase
Paulsboro Mayor John Burzichelli said he does not consider air traffic to be a nuisance now, but there could be a potential for greater noise pollution with changes to flight patterns. "Although our proximity to the airport is close, the approach and takeoffs are not over our municipality," he said. Like Burzichelli, resident Judy MacKenzie said she does not consider air traffic to be a nuisance. "I only noticed it after September 11 when we had no noise at all," she said.

I suggest the people of Paulsboro look real hard at the PHL 17-35 expansion project. To accomodate the larger aircraft into 17-35 the FAA has already pushed more outbounds over Delaware and Pennsylvania. See routing diagram from the National Airspace Redesign. The EIS draft for NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign Project is due in the spring of 2004.

Stephen Donato

Air traffic over area may increase
  3/9/2004 | - Philly to use Southwest as a marketing tool
Highlighting what a commodity low-cost giant Southwest Airlines has become, Philadelphia's hospitality industry plans to incorporate the arrival of the carrier in its spring and summer marketing strategy. The airline's arrival could bring up to 500,000 passengers through the city's airport, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Did you know that the PHL 17-35 runway expansion will land 737's about 500 Ft. from the George W. Pepper Middle School in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia?

"With 14 arrivals daily, it behooves all of us to make sure they see our cultural wonders," said Mark Schweiker, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Stephen Donato

PHL-CAW --Philly to use Southwest as a marketing tool
  Capacity Enhancement Program EIS
FAA funding... Where does it come from? The FAA was reauthorized (HR-2115) by Congress in late 2003 for 60 billion dollars to be distributed over 4 years. The bill included funding for airport expansion and National Airspace Redesign. The FAA points runways and planes at people because federal law says it can. How did your Senator or House member vote? Some elected representatives actually issued yes votes for FAA Reauthorization. Some representatives did issue no votes. Regardless of the vote, the bill was neither written nor ammended to protect the residents in the path of PHL expansion.

New Castle County, DE and Delaware County, PA.

Stephen Donato

Capacity Enhancement Program EIS
  03-20-04 | Phila. gets new chief of airport security
The former director, a federal appointee, was fired after questions of nepotism were raised. Philadelphia International Airport has a new security chief, William P. Leahy, who was appointed yesterday by the federal Transportation Security Administration. Leahy replaces James B. Golden Jr., who was put on paid leave in December and fired in February over concerns that he improperly hired his son-in-law.

Mr. Golden was suspended as HLS raised the national alert status to orange in December 2003. I wonder if Mr. Golden knows attorney Ron White?

Stephen Donato

The Philadelphia Inquirer Online
  03-20-2004 | Philadelphia Inquirer | PHL Airport Sale | Mayor's budget is counting on state to kick in $15 million
"In an interview, Perzel reiterated that the Republican-controlled state House and Senate are still interested in buying Philadelphia International Airport from the city, a proposal he floated a few weeks ago. If Street really needs financial aid, Perzel said, 'I think we can make a trade for the additional money that's needed.' Street has been open to the idea of privatizing or selling the airport, but he has cast doubt on whether it could be done in a year's time. He has also chastised Perzel for proposing such a purchase, saying the speaker was chiefly interest in expanding his party's patronage base."

I suggest Mayor Street look at the PHL Master Plan. Then reexamine his last statement concerning Perzel's motivation for PHL airport control.

Delaware's House Majority Leader Wayne Smith (R-7 Claire Manor) should call Mr. Perzel and explain that Delaware deserves a seat at the table if a regional authority is formed for PHL.

Stephen Donato
  03-19-2004 | FAA Wants $13 Million For Ocean City, MD Golf Course
South of the border they question the FAA Kangaroo Court as well. All we want? Local control. The county owns and operates the airport. Because the airport accepted FAA grants for improvements the county can not use the golf course property for noise buffer as they would like.

"The town and FAA officials met in the fall and broached the idea of classifying the land as a buffer zone, to keep airplane noise from nearby residential areas. Town officials were under the impression this was the answer until the Feb. 10 letter and a follow up correspondence from March 16 that ruled the idea out altogether. "I think this caught a lot of us off-guard," Councilman Vince Gisriel said. "We were under the impression that we were waiting for the decision about the buffer zone request."

Stephen Donato

FAA Wants $13 Million For Ocean City Golf Course
  03/16/2004 | Seattle-Area Airport Wants FAA to Foot More of Cost of Third Runway
Mar. 16--WASHINGTON - Officials from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are canvassing Capitol Hill to drum up political support for an unprecedented request for federal money. Sea-Tac wants the Federal Aviation Administration to add $198.1 million to the $216.5 million the agency already pledged to build a third runway. That is over $400 million in Federal Funding for one runway?. The airport argues that federally mandated environmental protection caused construction costs to skyrocket, so the federal government should help to pay the price.
If the FAA grants Sea-Tac's wish, it would be the largest gift of federal dollars to build a runway anywhere in the country.

Maybe the airport should not be expanded?

Stephen Donato

KRT Wire | 03/16/2004 | Seattle-Area Airport Wants FAA to Foot More of Cost of Third Runway
  Airport Pollution
Facts about Airport Water Pollution -- from the O'Hare Digital Collection website.

Further proof of the problem with water quality at O'Hare came in a 1999 report created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which showed that of the top ten hazardous substance discharges in the United States in 1999, two occurred at O'Hare. The first took place on January 15, when 66,640 gallons of Ethylene Glycol (anti-freeze) were discharged into the Bensenville Ditch and the second on January 17 when 69,659 gallons were discharged on land.

Why is the FAA still in charge of Environmental affairs at U.S airports?
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Always interested in trying new technology that will give our group a chance to discuss PHL expansion.

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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

Editorial : Philly’s Airport ; Delaware County’s Problem--
It’s called Philadelphia International Airport, but, truth be told, Delaware County has greater claim to the name. | The Delaware County Times, PA - Mar 10, 2004

West Deptford residents raise noise over runway expansion --
Most homes would be impacted by the noise and air pollution. During the FAA reauthorization last year, Lautenberg and the NJ delegation...

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

In Depth: Proposed changes at Philadelphia International may have a far-reaching impact on Delco. -
The study into the possible expansion of Philadelphia International Airport may still be in its formative stages, but that doesn’t prevent the controversy surrounding such an idea to continue to evolve. | The Delaware County Times, PA - Feb 23, 2004

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