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FAA and Philadelphia want to point more runways @ New Castle County, Delaware

Read more about the PHL CEP and how it may impact South Jersey

What is the Federal Government not telling you about airport expansion??

St. John's United Church of Christ, et al. v. City of Chicago, et al.

"Choke Points"
What are they?

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Some history about FAA routing  "procedures" over the skies of New Jersey and Delaware.

Dual Modena --FAA Choke Point

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Bankrupt Airlines force Expansion -

747 Contrails

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Mission Summary
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the busiest airport in the Philadelphia /New York metropolitan area. Currently, there are over 1,400 operations daily and more than 500,000 landing and take off (LTO) cycles annually.  By 2011, operations are expected to increase to almost 1700 LTO's daily if this expansion is allowed to continue. The main focus of this Citizens Aviation Watch is to report on current operations, changes in procedure, economic value and the proposed expansion plans at PHL. This website will also discuss the environmental impacts from PHL on the surrounding communities in New Castle County Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey. Residents living in these areas are being subjected to an increasing number of overflights, aviation related pollution and airport noise, thus lowering the standard of living and the quality of life many miles from PHL.

Environmental Streamlining, Stewardship and Capacity Enhancement
Did you know the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is now planning to expand? What will happen to our neighborhoods then?  Did you know that Philadelphia's current Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP), 17-35 Runway Extension Project and the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign will also increase the operational capacity and land jets over Lower Merion, Havertown, Upper Darby, West Deptford, Mantua and areas of Delaware County and Southern New Jersey that have never experienced high volume air traffic? As a result of the environmental streamlining provisions in HR-2115 expansion for PHL will be approved quickly.

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hot What is and what should never be - DEIS comment period closed Nov 10th  hot
With all of the attention that has been focused on the recent release of GAO audit of the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign it seems the media has overlooked the fact the FAA plans to hold another round of public meetings to outline the release of  a DIES for the Philadelphia Airport Capacity Enhancement Program (PHL-CEP.)   The meetings, which will be held four of five nights next week will discuss the DEIS and public hearings for official public comment are scheduled for October.  In fact, Tuesday's scheduled meeting for Delaware are to be held on primary election night. Which most likely will keep many of Delaware's public officials away and unable to attend.

For Whom the Decibel Tolls? CEO Council supports NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign
The CEO' council endorsing the NY/NJ/PHL airspace redesign must 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.

Master of Puppets -- Did The FAA Ignore Another OIG Audit? 

In October 2003, the agency implemented the Dual Modena (MXE) procedure for Philadelphia Airport westbound departures, which we believe is a component of the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign project and not part of the FAA's Choke Point initiatives which ended in 2002. As a result, we believe that the agency completely ignored the 2003 OIG recommendations.

Grave Danger for Expectant Moms Near Airports
The Mothers Against Airport Pollution (MAAP) are issuing a dire warning to expectant and new mothers. It has now been confirmed with certainty that pregnant women who live near high industrial sources of pollution should protect themselves from breathing the contaminated toxic air in order to protect their unborn children. Evidence was also found that children born outside of and moved into the hotspot zones in infancy also had elevated rates of cancers.

The Power of Prayer
Dear Friends, Last night Saturday October 2  between 6:30 and 9:30 I was having a "Sukkot" dinner and prayer time with friends in celebration of the Biblical Feast Day of Sukkot.  25 of us trying to pray outdoors in a tent. There were planes coming in overhead every 30 seconds.

This website will also have up to date and accurate information regarding the current  PHL expansion plans. Come back and visit often. An informed, involved public will make a difference. Be informed. Become involved. Express your opinion. Your opinion does count. Let your elected officials hear from you; remember, they should represent you and your interests. We hope you find the included links both helpful and informative.

FAA funding...  Where does it come from?

The FAA is reauthorized (funded) by Congress every 4 years. The 2007 FAA reathorization will include funding for airport expansion and National Airspace Redesign.  The FAA points runways and planes at people because federal law says it can.  The best time for policy change is when the money is handed out.
How will your Senator or House member vote?

If the technology is so good, why can't they hold 3000 feet and route over areas most conducive to high volume jet traffic?  FAA has recently upgraded the towers at PHL with STARS --the next generation Air Traffic control system. STARS has been operating officially at PHL since November, 2002 and was commissioned June, 2003.

Fact : The Nation's air traffic delay problems are concentrated at 31 large hub airports where the average delay per aircraft operation was 6.14 minutes in 2000.  Delays occur primarily during instrument weather conditions when runway capacity is reduced below that needed to accommodate airline schedules.

Fact : The General Accounting Office estimates the cost of the push to modernize its information systems that the FAA started in 1981 will top $45 billion by 2005.  Yet the FAA still uses 40 plus year old ILS technology to bring
in aircraft during instrument weather conditions?  The use of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) is the main reason FAA must use straight line approaches over residential communities and has capacity problems in low visibility/poor weather. The prolonged use of ILS by the FAA increases the demand for runways because currently less aircraft are able to land in poor weather due to ILS wave distortion.

Fact : The aircraft on approach (stacked)
over  the Brandywine Valley, Chaddsford, Bethel, Brandywine Hundred, Greenville and Christiana Hundred should not fly below 3000 feet, as determined by the FAA. However, an approximate average of 18% of all 19,500 operations passing through the Brandywine Intercept (BWINE) between the months of January to June, 2003 came in below the mandated 3000 feet. In this case, the FAA/PHL Tracon  consistently ignored their own regulations to accommodate the airline schedules. This must stop. Our premise is that right-of-way is a simple right of physical passage, not a right to destroy the human landscape through or over which vehicles pass. -- wants the following
  • Successful operation of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and an improved quality of life for citizens living in PHL flight patterns.
  • Improved health, safety, and welfare for all users of airspace. See the National Environmental Protection Act of 1969
  • Just as highway designers must consider residents, so too should the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Airspace decisions must be based on increased sensitivity to surrounding communities.
  • Removal of  the categorical exclusion from environmental review of air traffic control procedures that occur above 3,000 feet (FAA Order 1050.1D).
  • Legislation to give local operators the power to refuse a volume of flights that are well beyond its physical capacity.
  • Stronger enforcement of existing approach elevation guidelines.
  • Rerouting of aircraft approaching and departing PHL to minimize impact over residential areas.
  • Installation of permanent Internet based flight trackers used at many other airports around the country. This will ensure transparency regarding flight operations into and out of PHL by the FAA.
  • Installation of permanent noise monitors west of PHL.  Located in the direction of the Brandywine Intercept (BWINE) and positioned at 5, 10 and 15 mile intervals.
  • Noise monitoring by event and by peak period, NOT by the useless 24-7 (DNL) annual average used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Facts About Airport Air Pollution -- from the Coalition for Clean Air website.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the second largest industrial smog source in the Los Angeles area.
  • In 1993, aircraft at U.S. airports emitted 350 million pounds of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds during landing and take-off cycles.
  • One 747 arriving and departing from JFK airport in New York City produces as much smog-forming volatile organic compounds as a car driven 5,600 miles, and as much nitrogen oxides as a car driven 26,500 miles.
  • Air travel is expected to double within the next two decades. It is the fastest growing mode of travel in the United States.
  • Air pollution from airports is exempt from many rules that other industrial polluters must follow.

Facts about Airport Water Pollution --  from the O'Hare Digital Collection website.
  • Further proof of the problem with water quality at O'Hare came in a 1999 report created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which showed that of the top ten hazardous substance discharges in the United States in 1999, two occurred at O'Hare.  The first took place on January 15, when 66,640 gallons of Ethylene Glycol (anti-freeze) were discharged into the Bensenville Ditch and the second on January 17 when 69,659 gallons were discharged on land.
  • Why is the FAA still in charge of Environmental affairs at U.S. airports?





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Mike Castle

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Bob Brady

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Robert Casey

Arlen Specter

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Robert Menendez

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"We the Airport.."

Air Force one parks on PHL 17/35

The RTCA is a Federal Advisory Committee and has acted as an industry advisory panel in conjunction with the FAA on the NY/NJ/PHL redesign project. The FFSC was chaired by Roger Wall of Federal Express, and consisted of aviation industry and FAA members... 

Philadelphia "Airportgate"

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For whom the decibal tolls

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Haddonfield, NJ..

IF the FAA and PHL have their way, this could be you in ten years if another runway is pointed at Camden County.

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