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9/28/2004
  Philadelphia International Airport Runway 17-35 Extension Project ---
I wonder if these forecasts factor in what will happen to jet traffic at PHL if USAIR does go under? Some might say that these FAA predictions are worth as much as USAIR stock these days. Did you know that USAIR just lost its financing for new regional jets? Maybe the 41 million (17-35 extension cost) should go to bail out the pilot pension fund instead of the U.S. tax payer?


The 17-35 pdf states that the regional and narrowbodied aircraft will make up almost 70 percent (400,000) of PHL operations by 2010 and in 2005 will total almost 65 % of PHL operations.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you...
PHL Narrowbody operations 2005 ---182,000 "Small Narrowbody Jets"

--table 2-2
2002 aircraft by regional jets and small narrowbodies together accounted for approximately 63 percent of all operations at PHL.



Just so we are all on the same page --let's define what a "small narrowbody" jet really looks like. You know the old expression... a picture is worth a thousand words?

2002 aircraft by regional jets and small narrowbodies together accounted for approximately 63 percent of all operations at PHL
MD-80/DC-9 --Those are people standing under that smiley face. :)

How LOUD do you think this jet will be 1000 ft. over highly populated areas?


2002 aircraft by regional jets and small narrowbodies together accounted for approximately 63 percent of all operations at PHL.
A-320 -- USAIR ordered up to 400 new Airbus A319, A320 and A321 narrowbody twin jets for delivery starting in 1998 and continuing through 2009; then within days announced its new identity as US Airways.

PHL should have hired these people....
More RJ Writing On The Runway -- As our fleet forecasts predicted four years ago, the demand bubble for RJs is deflating right on schedule. The fact is that the US airline industry already has in the sky or on order more RJs than it can absorb. The fundamental market mission was for these jets to be expansion airplanes for regional airlines, not magical machines that would bring jet service to "East Upchuck".

Starting An Airline? Even More Reasons To Use Your Ex-Wife's Money.
Also pointing to the decline in the role of RJs is the fact that the economics of the airline business don't bode well for small units of capacity. The airline industry may be glamorous, but its historical economics are strictly in the shallow end of the pool. While costs have gone up over the past 25 years (labor, fuel, airport fees, etc.) the amount of money earned per mile has consistently gone down. [guarantee they won't tell us that this evening]


Fitzgerald Urges PBGC Vigilance Concerning Possible United Airlines Pension Bailout
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), U.S. Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-IL) today urged Executive Director Bradley Belt to answer important questions before approving a potential taxpayer bailout of the beleaguered airline's costly employee pension plans.

US Airways' Woes Reflect Industry In a Tailspin
Monday, September 20, 2004; The Washington Post Company
Pay your bills or shut your doors is the way the world is supposed to work. But airlines get special treatment everywhere. In most countries, governments simply bail them out. In the United States, the airlines benefit from a bankruptcy system that protects companies that can't make it. A taxpayer bailout of the pension promises of spendthrift airline executives, however, sounds more like socialism than "an ownership society."

FAA: Air noise not serious
State residents concerned about airport expansion
The News Journal 09/10/2004 By SEAN O'SULLIVAN
Robert Miller, a noise consultant hired by the FAA, told the crowd of more than 80 residents at the meeting that if the Philadelphia Airport is allowed to expand the north-south runway by 1,000 feet or more, airplane noise levels will drop in Delaware. This is because regional jets that currently use the two main east-west runways, and pass over the state during landings, [and take-offs] will be shifted to the north-south runway and away from the state. "Sen. Catherine L. Cloutier, R-Heatherbrooke, said while many who attended the meeting doubted the FAA's numbers and promises, one thing was clear, "People are not going away on this. They are serious."


PHL 17-35 Meeting information, you will need a pdf viewer.


80,000 more flights -17-35 Extension Project Meetings
 
9/24/2004
  House Bill HR 4413 --
What the author describes below is exactly what the FAA has been doing all along -- way before the FERC.

Damn, that website looks good. Wonder who helped set it up?

http://www.gsenet.org/host/lng-logan


I ask again...

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


6/21/2004 -- Smells like FAA EIS process...Feds assert control over LNG terminal siting --Found this news article over the weekend. FERC must be taking lessons from FAA on how to permit controversial projects.--- It makes me wonder why FERC has stakeholder representation as part of the process at all. They came here and told us the public had a say," said Casi Callaway, director of the Mobile Bay Watch environmental group. "I think this is something that every legislator from city council person to federal senator should outright oppose, because if the public doesn't have a say in their own community, what is the purpose of having legislators?"


BP LNG PLANT in Logan TWP NEW JERSEY,


6/7/2004 LNG tankers will float past Salem's Nuke? --
EIS meeting is scheduled for June 9th @ the Holiday Inn Claymont, Delaware. The meeting is being hosted and the EIS is being prepared by Federal Energy Commission (FERC). Written comments are being excepted until June 21, 2004. Note: Even if DNREC does not issue a permit (dock is Delaware jurisdiction) FERC can still approve --they are looking for legislation to standardize the siting process for future LNG locations. How about they require no tankers to float within 1.5 miles of an active nuclear reactor? Download the pdf from DNREC: http://www.phl-caw.org/weblog/bpferc.pdf



[Snip from LNG COMMUNITY FOCUS website]

A new concern is House Bill H.R. 4413:

Another issue, which deeply concerns us is House Bill H.R. 4413 dated May 20, 2004 which was submitted to the House by Representative Lee Terry, R-Oklahoma. Our concern is with Section 1 Item 3 of H.R. 4413 which states: “Except as otherwise provided by Federal law, no State or local government may require a permit, license, concurrence, approval, certificate, or other form of authorization with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of a liquefied natural gas import terminal."


Latest Major Action on H.R. 4413:
June 7 2004 - Referred to house subcommittee.
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality.

Of course, the FERC has provided a Scope period to receive public comments on BP’s proposed LNG Import Terminal however with bills such as HR 4413 we really wonder if the Scope comments will even be considered. If HR 4413 passes the House and the Senate, we would like to venture wild guesses on what the Federal Government might attempt next:

Maybe next, the NRC will support and push through the Congress; legislation so that they can construct disposal sites for spent power plant nuclear waste without allowing comment from the State or the Community.

Maybe next, the U.S. Army will support and push through the Congress, legislation so that they can secretly dispose of nerve and chemical agents without comment from the State or the Community.

To the horror of residents of Salem and New Castle counties, they found out that from 1994 to 1996, 7,000 pounds of “neutralized byproducts” VX nerve agent was secretly processed at DuPont’s Chambers Works (Deepwater, NJ) wastewater treatment facility. Now the Army wants to neutralize a 1,269 ton VX stockpile located in Newport Indiana and ship the wastewater to DuPont’s Chambers Works for final processing. Thank goodness we still have our 1st Amendment rights to petition the Government for a redress of grievances and thank goodness elected officials stepped in to review this important issue. Of course bills similar to HR 4413 would eliminate the State’s and Community's ability to question the disposal of VX.

Maybe next, the DOE will support and push through the Congress, legislation so that they can secretly drill oil wells in any part of Alaska without comment from the State or the Community.

Maybe next, the US DOC will support and push through the Congress, legislation so that they can eliminate the US EPA and State environmental agencies. That would be sweet, now US companies’ can manufacture goods more competitively by eliminating the expensive cost of controlling hazardous emissions. A Wall Street bottom-line dream and a communities’ environmental nightmare.

Maybe next, the administration will change our democratic form of government in order to nationalize any project they wish, by replace our government with the following:

Internet definition: “Control of the economy through corporativism, in which the formal structures of private ownership of industry are supposedly maintained but in which both labour and capitalists must accept the most detailed state regulation and extensive wage and price controls. These mechanisms are intended to assure the precedence of the regime’s objectives over the private interests of the public.”

The above “maybes and wild guess what ifs” paint a sad portrait of the America we love.

The FERC is basically preventing our local elected officials from commenting on the proposed BP LNG Import Terminal. BP has also ignored the State of Delaware concerning the CZA (Coastal Zone Act). The Fed is painting a scary picture by eliminating our 1st Amendment rights "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

Americans have to unite to fight the flood of LNG projects and protect the safety of our communities and our constitutional rights.

The above “maybes and wild guess what ifs” paint a sad portrait of the America we love.
 
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
 
9/15/2004
  You get real !!!! ---
I received this email on Sunday night from local pilot.

Dear Mr. Donato;

Allow me to preface this Email with two statements: 1) I grew up in New Castle County (Alapocas) and currently live in an area of Chadds Ford near the PHL Runway 9 ILS2) I am a professional pilot. Aircraft making a precision approach to runway nine at PHL are established on a radio beam over your neighborhood called a localizer. Aircraft have been doing this for over 40 years! Those of us that grew up in north New Castle County lived with and accepted aircraft flying over our homes at 2000 feet.

The localizer was in place years before you moved into your neighborhood. The safety of thousands of lives depend on the accuracy of the localizer, associated glide slope and pilot skill. Bringing tons of metal, fuel and human lives onto a runway with a 200 ft ceiling and low visibility at 140 KTS depend on the components of the ILS system. According to Al Mascitti, you call yourself an "expert"...have you ever been in the front end of a jet during a precision approach down to minimums? Of course not! So you are no-where near an "expert".

If you ever have the opportunity to experience what we do on a precision approach, you will be impressed, and fascinated, by the professionalism of the crew and the accuracy of the on-board equipment. From a pilots perspective, you want us, or the FAA, to compromise our safety so you can have a noise free bar-be-cue in your backyard. What you propose is a non-precision approach that follows the river then side-steps to the runway. Get real. My advice: Do yourself and the flying public a favor and move to Wyoming.

My response to the pilot:

I hope that you can fly better than you read. I never claimed to be an expert just a concerned citizen. What I am proposing is the replacement of the ILS with MLS now --technology that is used by the military and British Airways for the "precision approach" you describe over the Delaware River. It is 2004 not 1965. Get real. While the Hemi-powered Belvedere was "state-of-the-art" in '65 --we have engines today with half the displacment making almost as much horsepower using modern electronic control systems.



The 1965 Plymouth Belvedere, Hemi and Max Wedge powered, this Mopar was a known terror on the street and at the track --designed when the slide rule was king. This vintage car would look great in my garage or trailored behind my 5.9 Limited Grand Cherokee on the way to Englishtown, NJ for some racing. However, the technology used to run it is... let's just say... vintage as well. Sort of like the 40 year old radio beacon technology used by the FAA to bring in jets in over Northern Delaware.


Read more about the Microwave Landing System (MLS)


Stephen Donato
www.phl-caw.org

 
9/13/2004
  Email Response to Claymont Resident
We live in the area of Naamans and Foulk. This area is in direct centerline of the approach for runway 9r. I have received a few emails just like yours asking about the jets, but many more people have opinions like mine. It is not uncommon for the jets to start inbound on some days @ 12 noon and then continue well into the evenings @ a 90 second / 2 minute interval. If you are not on "the path" you will not experience the same conditions we do. Read more about the "Livable Conditions"

Does the smell from Cherry Island bother you and your two year old? From what I understand the situation has become intolerable in your area. Although not impacted directly by the odor, I would never question at what point a person is bothered by something they have no control over. So I am asking now --why does the situation have to become this bad (smell from Cherry Island and noise from PHL) before any action is taken at the Federal/local level to fix it?

In closing, the question we still need answered by everyone's U.S. Congressional delegation and local representation is --Do they endorse executive orders, by the President of the United States, that streamline environmental studies 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
 
9/02/2004
  Delaware Senators Biden and Carper Pitch Plan for Amtrak --Magic Bullet Theory?
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?

PA's third senator -Joe Biden and Arlen Specter.

Update : California High-Speed Rail Authority: Thousands of Californians Weigh in on High-Speed Train Project; End of Public Comment Period Marks Another Major Milestone. The report concludes that for less than half the cost of building more highway lanes and airport runways, the high-speed train system could carry up to 68 million passengers by 2020, and would increase mobility, help relieve highway congestion, help protect California's environment and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
 

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