The FAA: a rogue operation?
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A narrowed flight path will direct the noise and pollution over a much smaller area, thereby greatly favoring some communities. Simultaneously, this new policy will make the lives of people in those communities affected by the tighter flight path and increased air traffic increasingly miserable.
I must ask a few pertinent questions: Are we living in Russia? It sure seems that way. Is the formulation of this new FAA policy the brainchild of a sadist? Or is it group-think gone mad? And is it sane policy to insulate some people from noise and pollution while subjecting others to the madness of an authoritarian entity which is oblivious to serving the general public in a humane and fair manner?
One last question: Is the narrow flight path policy, which will concentrate the vast majority of flights onto shorter runways, a national FAA policy, or is it a local decision? Curiously, several high-ranking FAA officials live east of JFK and are beneficiaries of a policy that favors their communities to the detriment of minority and integrated neighborhoods to the northeast of JFK. This raises the possibility of a conflict of interest.
What is needed is a fair and balanced distribution of flights in and out of JFK and LaGuardia based on established flight protocols and standard operating procedures. Where feasible, most flights should be directed over the Atlantic Ocean. That was the goal when the FAA spent $363M a few years ago to lengthen and widen two runways at JFK. But favoritism and politics got in the way and scuttled that common-sense policy.
Dr. John H. Humins is a member of Nassau Coalition for Quieter Skies.