FAA issues FDIES gives (ORD) expansion preliminary green light
The FAA issued the FDEIS for O'Hare Thursday. This preliminary decision by the FAA should be wake up call for all of us in the path of proposed government sponsored "economic" development.

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"This brings us closer to breaking ground on the project in September. This is good news for Chicagoans because O'Hare is the engine to the region's economy," said Mayor Daley. Thursday's approval means that the FAA sees no major obstacles that would stop the city's plan from moving ahead. However, it is not the final decision. That is expected in September. But this plan is facing some emotional opposition, and for first time the FAA addressed the issue.

ABC7 Daley: GOP bounty offer 'below the belt'
  OIG warns Congress about costly airport expansion plan
Unless the FAA changes the way the airspace is used across Midwestern skies, the O'Hare expansion plans will have "minimal impact" on the congestion and delay problems at the airport. This is according to a OIG report released by Ken Mead, DOT Inspector General. The OIG report is also critical of the amount of federal funding required to complete the project and let's not forget about United deferring six billion dollars to PBGC. Mead's report states that an inaccurate assessment of the O'Hare project costs could affect funding for airports nationwide as cities compete for money from the same federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Maybe the OIG should have offered similar advice to Congress and the Port of Seattle regarding Sea-Tac now that Southwest has announced plans to move to neighboring Boeing Field? Southwest stated when it announced the move that the high cost of the Sea-Tac expansion will raise its operating costs and now is looking for alternative locations to provide service for the Seattle market. Alaska Airlines said it would also consider the move as well. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for O'hare is due from the FAA at the end of this month.

Sea-Tac expansion

Since we are on the subject of costly airport expansion projects, the FAA mailed out literature last week announcing that they will hold PHL Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) meetings during the first few weeks in September. Locations and dates still have not been determined and will be made public in an upcoming newsletter from the FAA. One of the alternatives listed in the CEP mailing is the building of a new airport in the region. Did you know that Rodger Moog announced last week that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has endorsed a plan to convert Willow Grove Naval Air station to a commercial airport if the BRAC commission decides to close it? The FAA has also commissioned a study hoping to "persuade " airlines to move some of their traffic away from the crowded New York area airports to Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) an airport only 55 miles from the PHL market. Coincidence, what do you think? Wonder what Southwest and other carriers will say about Philadelphia after it adds possibly billions in debt to "improve" its current operations when aviation experts believe airline delays are actually caused by Congressional and FAA mismanagement of Air Traffic Control (ATC) modernization?

Like the song says .. See you in September.

Stephen Donato


Sea-Tac makeover may have been too extreme for Southwest
Seattle Post Intelligencer - Jul 21, 2005
But those improvements may be too much of a good -- and expensive -- thing for Southwest Airlines. Like other Sea-Tac carriers, it's facing rising costs to pay for renovations and a $1 billion third runway. The low-cost carrier looking for a cheaper alternative is expected to announce today what it's willing to invest to move its operations to King County-owned Boeing Field.

Study could boost LVIA (ABE) flights
Allentown Morning Call, PA - Jul 17, 2005
''The demand is over the capacity so there are always delays,'' Moog said. In addition, the three airports that serve New York are all prevented from building additional runways either because they are landlocked or because their residential neighbors have said they would oppose an expansion. Experts say Philadelphia International Airport, which is not participating in the study, would need to spend millions, if not billions, of dollars if it wanted to expand. Unfortunately, airports don't work together as part of an overall transport system, Krauter said. Each one looks out for its interests.

Air base runway could go civilian, PA - Jul 22, 2005
Personally, McGee is "diametrically opposed" to an airport. If A-10 Warthogs doing touch-and-go landings were replaced with passenger planes, he said it would increase noise and traffic, decrease property values and hinder future development. "I don' t see any million-dollar homes going up next to Philadelphia International," he said.

Federal lawsuit filed challenging FAA's LAX expansion approval
Logistics Management, MA - Jul 15, 2005
Knabe and the rest of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have long opposed the modernization proposal pushed by former Mayor James Hahn. The man who defeated Hahn, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has said he opposes major components of Hahn's plan and favors having other airports in the region absorb air traffic growth. - Jul 23, 2005 - Federal fraud charges take the sheen off Daley's image
  Can you hear me now? --
It was reported last week, after the subway bombings in London, that Philadelphia police radio does not work below ground in the subways. The press was informed that the 52 million dollar system was working "as designed" because when the system was deployed the city did not have the extra money to install coverage in the subway?

Port Authority disables cell links in New York tunnels

The city now has applied for federal money to pay for the costs to upgrade the radio coverage. Maybe the mayor and his administration, should be concentrating more on providing basic services (police, fire, library) for Philadelphia insead of building and securing airports and public wifi systems?


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... presence in contract after contract is an outrage even here, in Philadelphia's pay-to ... his $360,000 a year consultant job with a private company at the airport. ...
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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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