For Whom the Decibel Tolls?
NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign meetings are scheduled for next week. Please attend a meeting in your area so that the FAA can explain (to you and your elected officials in person) how 800,000 flights, in and out of Philadelphia by 2025, will not have an adverse effect on all of our lives.

Philadelphia number 10 for Ozone pollution

Philadelphia -rated number 10 by US EPA for ozone pollution
This area is served by U.S. 295, U.S. 95, U.S. 476 and U.S. 76 and extends through parts of four states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Notice how the ozone pollution adds a yellow glow to the Philadelphia skyline.

Stephen Donato

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct four public meetings, all are from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

March 27, Paulsboro High School, 662 North Delaware St, Paulsboro, NJ

March 28, Concord High School, 2501 Ebright Rd, Wilmington, DE

March 29, Holiday Inn, 900 Parker Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

March 30, Ridley Community Center, 801 Morton Avenue, Folsom, PA 19033


Tinicum still on standby as more flights loom over township
Delaware County Daily Times Mar 07, 2006
"From what I understand, planes now have to be five nautical miles apart and they want to bring that down to three," said Tinicum Township Manager Norbert Poloncarz, referring to the most far-reaching of four airspace redesign alternatives under consideration by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Without additional improvements to the runways and airspace design, airport officials predict average delay times could top 28 minutes by 2015, when PHL is projected to handle nearly 800,000 flights annually.

Fight airplane noise Monday
Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ - Mar 21, 2006
You probably saw the big, front-page headline March 4 in the Courier-Post: "Noisier skies ahead?: FAA plans would add to flights over South Jersey."But that was more than two weeks ago. Odds are you took note of it, then moved on to more pressing matters. If you care about your quality of life in South Jersey and the value of your home, however, the possibility of 47 percent more departures from Philadelphia over South Jersey is a very pressing matter.

America's Most Polluted Cities Mar. 21, 2006
The EPA and other monitoring organizations have two major categories of emissions: particle pollution and ozone pollution. Particle pollution (traditionally known as soot in the air) is a mixture of solids and liquid droplets suspended in air. The solids are made up of nitric acid and sulfuric acid accompanied by traces of metals, dirt and organic chemicals. Ground-level ozone (often referred to as smog) is produced when sunlight combines with hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide. It is most apparent on sunny days near busy highways and in cities, and appears as a dirty yellow haze from a distance.

WDEL 1150 AM --Video -- Brandywine Hundred Residents Decry PHL Expansion Plans
  CEO Council supports NY/NJ/PHL airspace redesign
I guess the CEO' council endorsing the NY/NJ/PHL airspace redesign have not read some of the most recent audits released by the OIG regarding FAA's management of government funds or large airspace and technology projects? Also reported by the News Journal this week a plan that will require states along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to pay more to use rails for commuter trains and to keep the service running. Northeastern states will be required to pay an additional $59 million to subsidize the rail service.

OIG Report Number: AV-2005-059 - Date Issued: May 13, 2005
Airspace Redesign Efforts Are Critical To Enhance Capacity but Need Major Improvements: FAA estimated that NAR would cost the Agency $250 million, and mid-term initiatives would be completed in 2008. FAA has never established completion dates for long-term NAR projects or updated the cost estimate. The $250 million estimated cost for NAR does not include the cost to implement redesign projects, nor does it recognize the effect changes in project scope, problems in developing new procedures, and environmental issues have on cost and schedule estimates.

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OIG Report Number: AV-2005-061 Date Issued: May 26, 2005
Status of FAA's Major Acquisitions: Cost Growth and Schedule Delays Continue To Stall Air Traffic Modernization: We found that cost growth, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls with FAA’s major acquisitions continue to stall air traffic modernization. Overall, 11 of the 16 projects we reviewed will experience a total cost growth of about $5.6 billion, and 9 of the 16 projects will have schedule slips from 2 to 12 years, based on current estimates. Two programs have also been deferred.... Given the cost growth and schedule slips with major acquisitions and the declining level of facilities and equipment funds, FAA must determine how to get the most out of its limited resources.

Stephen Donato


US Airways chief joins Phila.-area business group - 2006-02-28
Athena D. Merritt
The CEO Council supports the ongoing federal airspace study, which will help determine potential new air-traffic patterns, and will urge the Federal Aviation Administration to enhance Philadelphia International Airport's ability to get more planes in and out, quickly and on-time. Doing so will require some reallocation of existing airspace in the Northeast corridor, the CEO Council said. In October, the group cast its support behind the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2005, a U.S. Senate bill aimed at improving infrastructure and operations of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

jet exhaust pollution

Common pollutants linked to fetal growth retardation
Pollution Channel Nov 17, 2005, 16:33
Babies born to women exposed to high ozone levels during pregnancy are at heightened risk for being significantly underweight, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Women who breathe air heavily polluted with ozone are at particular risk for having babies afflicted with intra uterine growth retardation-which means babies only fall within the 15th percentile of their expected size. The findings were published early online on the Web site of Environmental Health Perspectives, the journal of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
Nov 17, 2005, 16:33

Foreign Ownership of US Airlines & Ports Deemed Troubling - Diane Grassi

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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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