NYC Garbage Facility Gets FAA Blessing Despite Objections | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 08.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.22.14 **
** Airborne 08.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.20.14 **
** Airborne 08.18.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.18.14 **

Tue, Feb 02, 2010

NYC Garbage Facility Gets FAA Blessing Despite Objections

Observations To Confirm New Plant Is Not Attracting Birds

The FAA payroll will expand to include a bird-counting USDA biologist when the new NY North Shore Marine Transfer Station (MTS) opens in 2012.  The new garbage transfer station is about 2,000 ft from LGA and opponents fear it could cause an increase in birds--and bird strikes.

These increased safety measures are the first of its kind for any garbage facility in the United States. The plan has been agreed to by the Department of Sanitation (NYDS) through a memorandum of understanding with the FAA. If any increases in bird activity are noticed by the USDA biologist, the FAA will order the MTS to be shut down while the situation is investigated.

The FAA indicated the facility would not pose a hazard as the garbage will arrive at the indoor facility in enclosed trucks and depart the station sealed inside cargo containers.  The only potential concern was the building's height, which was decreased from 110 to 100 ft.


Map showing LGA and MTS

NY Representatives Gary Ackerman and Joseph Crowley have led an opposition movement against the transfer station for the past three years, based on concerns about bird strikes.  Although they applauded the FAA's plan, they still have doubts as to the impact to local bird populations.

"Just days after the one year anniversary of the 'Miracle on the Hudson,' bird strikes remain a real threat to the neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia Airport as well as to millions of airline passengers each year," said Crowley. "The FAA's bird strike prevention plan is a positive step towards averting a future accident, but the Department of Sanitation should take additional steps to ensure the safety of this facility."


File Photo: birds on runway

"We hope this significant concession we secured will ensure increased safety to the flying public and to the communities near the airport," said Ackerman.

There was no bird mitigation plan or outcry over the older facility that MTS will replace.  It operated in the same location off the end of LGA runway 31 for 50 years.

FMI: www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Experimental SpaceX Vehicle Lost In TX Test Flight

As SpaceX Knows, That's Why They Call Them 'Test Flights' Initial Report by ANN Space Correspondent, Wes Oleszewski "So we're 5-for-5 testing on this Grasshopper. Wahoo! But, but t>[...]

Airborne 08.22.14: Russians Nix Global Gyro, Alphabets Fight FAA, F-16s Cracking

Also: Ferguson TFR, Soaring Company's S.O.S., High Altitude Balloons, Remembering Vicki Cruse An attempt to fly the first gyrocopter around the world by Norman Surplus has been foi>[...]

Aero-TV: Honoring Our Legacy - Recrafting Paul’s Game-Changing Baby Ace

A Bit Of History Lovingly Restored To The Sport Aviation World ANN's Michael Maya Charles had to search around at EAA AirVenture 2014 to find this story. The Aeroplane Factory buil>[...]

Airborne 08.22.14: Russians Nix Global Gyro, Alphabets Fight FAA, F-16s Cracking

Also: Ferguson TFR, Soaring Company's S.O.S., High Altitude Balloons, Remembering Vicki Cruse An attempt to fly the first gyrocopter around the world by Norman Surplus has been foi>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.14)

National Association of Priest Pilots The stated purpose of is group is to promote the use of private aircraft as a practical, safe, and efficient tool of the apostolic work of a p>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC