Let the Market Decide ? ---
PHL-CAW Response to - Robert Poole's - FAA's threats don't fly - The Washington Times: Commentary - August 27, 2004

Now, with rising fuel costs and rising interest rates the airline industry is asking President Bush to release oil from the strategic reserves. They are asking their labor unions for concessions and they want federal loan guarantees to cover high debt ratios. Let the market decide? Seems like the airlines are having some problems dealing with a deregulated industry and still continue to state expansion will fix everything.

Could it be that the FAA policy mandating competition plans from airport operators have made it so the airlines can no longer make a profit? Maybe the airlines being able to add flights without needing to consider the profound consequences of poor security, infrastructure demands and consumer trust might have had everything to do with the the attacks on September 11, 2001 and problems they are facing now? Some say "lack of imagination" was the contributing factor --Maybe "lack of conscience" or "failed aviation policy" would be the best way to describe the way things are run by (FAA/airline cartels) pre and post 9/11?

9/11 communications -- Flight # 11 hijacker. We have some planes. Just stay quiet an you will be okay. We are returning to the airport..... No body move

"The terrorists lost. Our country showed that we can take a shot in the belly and bounce back." Charles Isdell, director of the Philadelphia Airport System.

Bounce back?
What color is the sky in his world? Last time I checked we are at war and our country is divided politically. The airline industry is in financial ruin and the largest carrier at Philadelphia International (PHL) the nations 7th largest is about to become one of the many airlines to go the way of the dodo as a direct result of the terror attacks. Even though struggling before 9/11 USAIR management claimed that no other airline was harmed more financially by the atacks when they filed for bankruptcy protection in August, 2002.
The Arlington-based carrier is the largest airline at Reagan Washington National Airport, which remained closed for weeks after the attacks. In addition, Chiames said, the airline suffered disproportionately when many travelers opted to drive or take the train instead of making short-haul flights up and down the East Coast — US Airways' strength.

Let the market decide...
Yet PHL management and the FAA still makes the claim that they need to redesign the airspace, extend runway 17/35 and then build the equivalent of Los Angeles International (LAX) because of increasing delays. If USAIR does go under won't airport operations at PHL decrease dramatically like they did at Lambert Field (STL) when TWA was absorbed by American Airlines? Is PHL negotiating with another airline to fill the slots or is USAIR going to be sold? What is the plan and when will be we informed? Will the EIS "dream team" consider the financial health of the airport, it's carriers and the wishes of the voters living in the surrounding communities before it makes recommendations to extend and build new runways? Isn't about time they are made to answer our questions?

What comes around, goes around?

They got what they asked for?
The airport and airline cartels wanted deregulation and they may have just lobbied themselves into "deregulated" oblivion.

They got what they asked for?
Presidential Executive Orders that mandate the streamlining of environmental reviews and then it comes back to bite hard at election time. It's only 1000 Ft.?

They got what they asked for?
Kerry ignores 9/11 warnings regarding security @ Logan and then passed the buck on back through the federal bureaucracy. Now he states he can manage our nations security and airports better than Bush?

I will ask again -- why can' t the runways and flight paths be pointed to use the Delaware River? When are they going to answer our questions? It does not have to be that we lose regardless of who wins. It's only two short months until November 2nd and the first round of 17/35 meetings are scheduled for September. Please join us as the first meeting is to be held in Delaware on September 9th, 2004.

Stephen Donato

When these photos were taken do you think President Bush or the people protesting below really cared about the passengers that save 20 billion annually because of airline competition? Sometimes it has to be about more than just the bottom line when the stakes are this high.

President Bush in the World Trade Center rubble. Bush protesters and that is Agent Smith.

PHL-CAW response to Mr. Poole commentary from April 2004:
Money is Power -- PHL-CAW Response to - FAA's efforts fall short

Salt Peanuts -- From the 9/11 digital archives. A five minute video about the impact of 9/11 on airline workers. An interview with former US Air flight attendant Joshua Freeze (AFA) is juxtaposed with a dramatization concerning recent government airline bailouts. "Salt Peanuts" was screened in December 2001 at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Art in General Gallery, both in New York City. Produced by Simin Farkhondeh and directed by Alonzo Speight.

The Financial Condition Of The Airline Industry --Sobering testimony from hearing 06-03-04. From 2001 through 2003, the U.S. airline industry has reported net losses of $23.2 billion dollars....

Rough ride ahead -- “Basically, we have too many airlines, with too many expensive hub operations, and right now, too much capacity.” Whether antitrust regulators allow a major consolidation remains unclear. But analysts say that whatever happens, the industry landscape is about to be transformed.

FAA's threats don't fly - The Washington Times: Commentary - August 27, 2004
  Southwest expanding Philadelphia service
---The airlines are laughing all the way to the bank ? What is the status of Delaware's aviation committee ?

Kerry with Biden
Hairs to you Joe...

Southwest expanding Philadelphia service. Associated Press August 24, 2004 --DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines plans to cut 88 flights in October, shifting planes to more profitable routes, mostly in and out of Philadelphia. The low-cost carrier said Monday it hopes the changes will increase revenue by $60 million...

O'Hare Expansion Foes File FAA Protest --The attorneys also asked for opposing-party status that would give them access to all communications and an opportunity to respond to them if the FAA continues its review.

O'Hare Expansion Foes File FAA Protest
  "We the Airport" --United we stand, Divided we fall
--- Well folks you heard here first back in May and I quote ---"Our voices will be heard over the loud constant drone of planes from PHL. Make no mistake about it -- the 2004 presidential race will be decided by the voters of the Philadelphia Tri-State region. We have the long hot summer to get the word out."

Airforce One parked on PHL 17/35

My letter dated April 15th asked Jim Beyers of the FAA (at the meeting in Ridley, PA) to please make sure President Bush gets my message. Did President Bush ever read my letter?

The outcome of the 2004 Presidential Election will be decided by the voters the Philadelphia suburbs as reported by Philadelphia radio (KYW1060 AM) . Fact is, President Bush is behind in the polls despite the voter registration edge that favors his party in Pennsylvania? Hmmm… maybe these voters are upset with the Bush executive order that is responsible for the streamlining of the PHL 17/35 runway extension project environmental reviews? Last time I heard we (NJ, DE, PA) all stated that we want flight patterns that would mandate the use of the Delaware River for aircraft in and out of PHL.

Maybe the next time a presidential candidate comes to town the press will not ignore the PHL expansion (it is an election issue) and will ask about the controversial flight patterns and permitting process used by the FAA at PHL. We do not have to take this abuse and be removed from the process. It does not have to be that we lose regardless of who wins. Senator Kerry wants Joe Biden to be our Secretary of State? Then they must answer our questions. President Bush wants four more years? Then he must answer our questions. Why should both of the candidates ignore this issue and then take our votes for granted? How convenient, that the candidates decided to pass on the opportunity to debate at Swarthmore College. My message to the voters of NJ, DE, and PA --United we stand, Divided we fall.

Stephen Donato

That stink is political corruption.....
His voice rising, a fired up Alan Keyes on Tuesday claimed that the multi-billion dollar issue of airport expansion in Illinois has been paralyzed by political corruption and "this stink is in everybody's nostrils." "There is something that hangs like a cloud over the politics of this state," the Republican U.S. Senate candidate told a news conference when asked about the airport issue. "It's sort of like you're sitting in a room and off in a corner of the room is a deeply smelly toad that is filling the room with a nasty odor," Keyes said. "And everybody is holding their cocktails and wearing their ties and they're not talking about this smelly toad but the room is filled with the stink of it." "That stink is political corruption," he said. "That stink is the willingness to undermine what needs to be done for the people so that you can serve your power interest and your political interest. And this stink is in everybody's nostrils."

In Depth: Proposed changes at Philadelphia International may have a far-reaching impact on Delco. By ANTHONY J. SANFILIPPO , 02/23/2004
"Watch out Concordville," warned Stephen Donato, an information technologies director and former Upper Darby resident who has now spearheaded a citizens’ Federal Aviation Administration watchdog group in northern Delaware. "If the FAA has its way - and it usually does - then all the planes flying in and out of Philadelphia will pass over Concordville instead of along the Delaware River.

Noise from expanding airport causes worry --Amy A. Winnemore , EDITORIAL ASSISTANT-- 08/12/2004
Concerned over possible increases in noise due to the Philadelphia Airport Expansion project, the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the affects of the expansion to their community

Presidential Hopes May Hang on Philadelphia Suburbs
A prominent Pennsylvania pollster and political analyst says the Philadelphia suburbs are shaping up as make-or-break for the presidential candidates vying for the state's electoral votes. "If President Bush can somehow pull out a substantial lead there, or a lead closer to his voter registration edge, which the Republicans hold, then I think President Bush could win the state."

Bush visits Boeing plant Ridley,PA -- 32nd visit to PA since he has been President and he is aking for your vote. -- Audio. - WDEL News 1150 am, Chris Carl narrates.

In Depth: Rise and fall of a Boeing project. Why the Pentagon scrapped orders for Comanche helicopter, By TIMOTHY LOGUE , 02/29/2004
To its critics, the Comanche helicopter had become dead weight - an expensive and unnecessary relic from the Cold War era designed to pick off Soviet tanks. "For 20 years the Army pitched the Comanche as transformational and Boeing and Sikorsky, to their credit, made modification after modification to keep it relevant," said Jay Korman, a defense analyst with DFI International in Washington, D.C.

It's about PHL, Stupid.
  Crackers and water = peace and quiet
Today two aviation stories dominated the regional news. First, was the security breach at PHL that closed terminals B and C and delayed flights for hours. Attemtping to comfort the hundreds of weary passengers (who had to wait standing in line to be re-screened) the City of Philadelphia passed out crackers and bottled water. This evening even though we did not receive the free crackers and water we did however enjoy sitting on the front porch listening to the only the rain and enjoyed the quiet with out the chronic drone of the outbound jets. This was third security event @ PHL in the past few weeks. They (HLS/TSA) have not had to explain how they lost track of the "mircophone bomber" and as a result raided the wrong jet after it landed @ PHL. The passenger was allowed to board a jet from Texas to Alabama last week even though the luggage was coming into PHL? All of this even after the U.S. spends around 5 billion a year on aviation security?

The second comment is the follow-up to the article written titled --PA Judge rules "Airspace/Flight Path Is Not Public Highway". PA finally passed drunk flying legislation so that it's prosecutors (in the future) would not have to go back into court and ask a judge to define that airspace is a public highway in order to prosecute drunk pilots that buzz nuclear reactors. Philadelphia news radio (KYW-1060 am) mentioned that Delaware does not have any law that would protect the public from drunk pilots -- Maybe in Delaware judges/legislators can read dictionaries and understand the obvious that operation of any vehicle in the public right-of-way would warrant a DUI charge. States regulating or defining the meaning of airspace themselves? We can't allow that.

Stephen Donato Airport Security Concerns
  Why should we care about O'hare?
The first question Mr. Rizzo should ask is how the PHL Aviation Director allowed for the expansion of the terminals (billion dollars of debt) without the capacity on the runways for efficient operation? The PHL runway 17/35 extension project (streamlined review by Bush executive order) will allow regional jets to use the "under utilized" runways that just happen to point into highly populated areas of PA and NJ . This week the FAA recommended to the airlines @ O'Hare summit that they consider using larger jets that can carry more passengers and this will help to reduce delays in Chicago and through out the whole system. (Sounds good ) So if the FAA plan for Chicago is larger jets for more efficient operation then why is the current aviation director wasting our time by endorsing more regionals @ PHL? I wonder if the grand jury (last week) asked Charlie these same questions as they continue to probe the "pay-to-play" politics in the City of Philadelphia?

Stephen Donato

Read more about the slot rule: January 1999
In fact, new developments in computer technology and air traffic management systems have increased safety while making it possible to handle greater volumes of traffic more efficiently. Yet, because of the artificial constraints of the High Density Rule, O'Hare cannot fully benefit from the advances in air traffic control technology and airspace reconfiguration that enhance capacity and reduce delays. Lifting the High Density Rule at O'Hare would allow the airport to fully use its state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower and the new Elgin approach control facility, both of whichare equipped with the latest technology, to increase efficiency and further reduce delays.

Airport jam sends Rizzo into action
"Charlie says he needs a bigger, better airport," he said. But, noting a series of complaints he has heard, "I think we need to figure out first how to better operate this airport." In Rizzo's eyes, too much blame for all sorts of delay is being tagged to the fallout of Sept. 11. To dig deeper, he is calling for his own hearing on the issue later this year. State lawmakers will examine the matter as well, via a newly created commission to study the future of Philadelphia's airport as well as Pittsburgh's and Harrisburg's. "All I know," Rizzo said, "is I think Philadelphia should look at Philadelphia before the state does."

FAA Urges Fewer Flights at Crowded O'Hare
Mineta said delays at O'Hare have cost airlines $120 million. He said officials do not yet have a set formula in mind for schedule reductions, but that he figured they have about a week to come up with a solution. Mineta also said he believes airlines will try to retain their high-revenue passengers or will replace regional jets with larger airliners and said that they're looking for schedule reductions beginning in November and lasting for six months.

Fitzgerald blames mayor, airline for delays
He said United doesn't want a third regional airport because budget airlines would gain access to the Chicago market. The south suburbs would see huge economic benefits from a third airport, he said, but Daley wants to keep money in Chicago. Fitzgerald accused the Daley administration and United Airlines of creating flight delays to garner public support for the airport expansion.

Blame Chicago
It does not help that the fastest-growing airport in the country is about 15 miles south of O'Hare. Midway (Southwest country) now handles an average of 1,100 takeoffs and landings daily. Adding to the congestion are small regional jets, which now account for four out of 10 flights at O'Hare. Unlike the propeller planes they replaced, regional jets use the same runways and fly in the same airspace as bigger planes, but they carry fewer passengers.

  Yes, yes... It's not only humiliating and unfunny, but it's good for business!
The PA slots will feed money to expand (700 million) the Convention Center in Phila. The slots in PA (track in Chester, PA) will drain our state revenues and cost us more jobs. The slots in PA will give them excuse to add more flights in and out over Delaware into PHL and feed the Convention Center.

This is the same attitude, we guess, which has made Delaware the dumping ground for the world's chemical plants, drone-worker credit-card banks, screen-door manufacturers, and coffee-cup-lid makers [snip] ...... and the landing strip for PHL jets.

Philadelphia International Airport's growth in passenger traffic over the last decade also was due in part to airline business generated by the Convention Center, city Aviation Director Charles J. Isdell said. The airport expects that a record 26 million passengers will use it this year..... "There's clearly a connection," he said, "between a healthy airport and a healthy Convention Center."

Download the pdf of the above article.

For the record Isdell is quoted in the above article that passenger traffic for PHL in 1994 was 17.4 million. What I find interesting is that the Philadelphia Commerce Dept. has traffic stats for 1995 @ 9.5 million?

Stephen Donato

Center raises money, doubts

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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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