FAA To Peotone Airport: One Design, Please | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Most Recent Daily Airborne

Airborne On ANN

Airborne On YouTube/Hi-Def/Mac Friendly

Monday

Airborne 01.26.15

Airborne 01.26.15

Tuesday

Airborne 01.27.15

Airborne 01.27.15

Wednesday

Airborne 01.28.15

Airborne 01.28.15

Thursday

Airborne 01.29.15

Airborne 01.29.15

Friday

Airborne 01.30.15

Airborne 01.30.15

Mon, Feb 12, 2007

FAA To Peotone Airport: One Design, Please

2007 May Not Be "The" Year For Third Chicago Airport

Poor Peotone Airport. The familiar "We Try Harder" car rental company slogan may be appropriate for the proposed third Chicago-area airport.

With the state of Illinois submitting two plans for the much anticipated Peotone airport to the FAA, the agency's reaction was: just one, please -- an unanticipated response to Peotone backers, according to Suburban Chicago News.

Said FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro, the FAA "doesn't consider the state's planning process complete until one design has been selected. We typically receive just one preferred plan."

Peotone is located about 40 miles south of Chicago. As reported by ANN, transportation planners have been working on a third regional airport for Illinois for at least 25 years.

The submission of two plans for approval and the FAA selecting the best, was the result of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's hopes of resolving a dispute over rival visions for the single-runway airport.

In fact, Blagojevich included a second plan in addition to the Illinois DOT's own design at the urging of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Chicago), often seen as the airport's biggest cheerleader.

According to Rick Bryant, Jackson's spokesman and executive director of Jackson's Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission (ALNAC), Jackson's plan called for a larger distance between the third airport's runway and Bult Field, a small, private airfield already operating at the Peotone site.

By doubling the distance between the runways from the state's preference of a half-mile to a mile, said Bryant, Jackson's plan takes into account recent growth at Bult Field. The plan "is safer and allows for easier future expansion," Bryant said.

Bryant noted that the FAA's one airport-one plan announcement "contradicts what we have previously been told."

Illinois DOT (IDOT) spokesman Mike Claffey said Friday's FAA statement -- made to the Daily Southtown before IDOT and ALNAC officials had been contacted -- had been a "surprise" to the state, too.

"It's difficult to respond until we've heard directly and in detail from the FAA," Claffey said. He noted that the two plans had been submitted because FAA officials were the "best people to look at the merits of each."

FAA officials will speak with the state next week about submitting a unified set of plans, Molinaro said. The FAA must consider the environmental impact of the airport, he said, which would cater to about 40,000 flights a year, as well as safety concerns.

The approval process, which is expected to take between a year and 18 months, will not begin until that happens, Molinaro said.

Airport backers really expected 2007 to be "the" year for Peotone: Jackson's strengthened influence with Democrat control of Congress, IDOT establishing a field office at the airport site, the state hiring an aeronautics director, and moves made to acquire the 2,200 acres needed by eminent domain.

"We're still hopeful," Bryant said.

FMI: www.dot.state.il.us, www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers To Mystery Objects In Space

'Yellow Balls' Discovered By Volunteers Studying Spitzer Images Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of star>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.01.15)

"While this star formed a long time ago, in fact before most of the stars in the Milky Way, we have no indication that any of these planets have now or ever had life on them. At th>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.01.15): Final Approach Fix

Final Approach Fix The fix from which the final approach (IFR) to an airport is executed and which identifies the beginning of the final approach segment. It is designated on Gover>[...]

Air Ambulance Market Size, Vendor Landscape Analyzed In New Report

New Global Air Ambulance Research Report Shows Projected Growth Of Nearly Ten Percent The Global Air Ambulance market is expected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of>[...]

US Navy Approves F/A-18 IRST System For Production

Long-Range Sensor System Demonstrated Production Readiness On Super Hornet The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and L>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC