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The FAA: a rogue operation?
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When FAA representatives do meet with members of the public, who express great concerns about the increasing volume of planes flying overhead, they simply respond, “We’ll look into that.” And then they carry on with business as usual. Such arrogance is galling.

Concerned citizens are fed up with the FAA’s stalling tactics and lies. Deception is not good public relations. Then again, authoritarian institutions don’t worry about public relations.

The time has come for the FAA to pay attention to the growing uproar of citizens in the greater New York metropolitan area. Many politicians have joined the effort to address the people’s concerns and are actively trying to get the FAA to become a responsible and responsive neighbor. Citizens have formed groups to fight noise and pollution from the increasing number of flights. They understand that plane noise and pollution are dangerous to their family’s health, their quality of life and their home’s value. They have demanded EIS reviews of the planes’ horrific noise and the sickening pollution to their communities and environment.

The FAA has responded by seeking exemptions from any environmental review. Specifically, it does not want to be held accountable for commercial aircraft noise and pollution. And when the NextGen “efficiency” policy is fully in place, the FAA will concentrate plane traffic in a very narrow path in and out of JFK. Residents living under that pathway will experience more intense and persistent noise and declining air quality and health.

The narrowing of affected pathways, we are told, serves to accommodate the Global Positioning System located high above earth to monitor and control flight operations around the nation. JFK and LaGuardia airports will soon have this system activated, and it will reportedly be a boon for the aviation industry, while assuredly it will be a bane for those living under the tightly constricted flight path. The assertion that the GPS system can only accommodate a narrow flight path seems absurd.


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