Fri, Dec 14, 2007
NIMBYs Don't Want Jets Over Their Homes
The FAA's plan to plunge ahead with
airspace reorganization in the Northeast corridor will apparently
wait at least a few more days. The agency says it has decided to
wait out a court decision in a challenge filed by Pennsylvania's
The Philadelphia Enquirer reports Delaware County and 11 other
cities, counties and coalitions from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New
York and Connecticut have filed legal challenges to the airspace
The FAA has been working on the change for a decade, in an
effort to provide flights departing Philadelphia International
Airport (PHL) and the major New York metro airports more options
for departure paths.
Currently, commercial airliners departing Philadelphia
International fly down the Delaware River while climbing to over
3,000 feet, according to the Enquirer. The FAA's plan would create
three exit routes when planes are six miles downriver -- or at
3,000 feet, whichever occurs first -- with one route turning west
over Delaware County, a second extending south over the county, and
a third banking east over Gloucester County.
Those new paths would be a tool in the effort to reduce delays,
but any new flight path in that part of the country goes over the
homes of millions of NIMBYs.
The various lawsuits are expected to eventually be rolled
together into one. This separate suit by Delaware County was filed
in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,
and claims the FAA violated the Clean Air Act in its process.
There's no firm word on when the court will have a decision, but
FAA spokesman Jim Peters says the agency will wait for "several
days" to see.
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