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					FAA AIRSPACE REDESIGN

            over Pound Ridge
           The How it Started
 First Week in August 2007:
 Abrupt dramatic increase in volume of aircraft
  flyover:
  Regional jets, commercial jumbo jets, 757,
  helecoptors seen flying over portions of Pound
  Ridge, Specifically Ward reservation, Mianus
  River Gorge, Scotts Corners, Cross River, Parts of
  Bedford & others
              Flights every 3 minutes
             What’s that Noise?
   CHOKE POINT INITIATIVE
   Implementation of airspace redesign began in
    2007 thru 2011. Pound Ridge we will be
    impacted by some portion of:
       550 La Guardia Arrivals per day
       460 arrivals & departures per day at Westchester*
       225 arrivals & departures per day at Stewart*
       578 arrivals & departures per day at Teterboro
       Variable Helecoptor & Corporate Jet Directional
        Traffic to Carmel VOR

           1. *non-inclusive of scheduled expansion efforts
      Introducing the FAA’s Plan
 NY NJ PA Airspace Redesign
   Started in 1989
   Part of the “Next Generation Project”
   Biggest Airspace Redesign in 50 years
   Plagued by project management breakdowns,
    funding problems flawed models, invalid data,
    insufficient testing
   Audited by the GAO twice with poor review
    and major concerns notes in 2005
Affected area
Westchester airport
LAGuardia Arrivals
Westchester arrivals
Added departure capacity
               The Design
 Multi-layer airspace (new classification)
 Fly planes closer to eachother (from 5 to 3)
 Duel Landings on parallell runways*
 Continuous Descent Approach
 Lower altitude flight over land to
  accommodate more traffic & new approach
 Significant increase in Risk
    Draft Environmental Impact Study

 Many notable organizations were involved in the
  phase 1 design to produce reports giving guidance
  according to their specialty.
 The Draft Statement (DEIS) is flawed, non
  inclusive of all impacted areas and does not take
  into account the recommendations produced in the
  design phase
 Not enough Study Points
 Data corruption
 Incorrect assumptions
 Land use change & Re-classification
Noise measurement sites
                      FEIS
 Includes inconsistencies, flawed assumptions
 Mitigated routes were not discussed with newly
  impacted communities. Unethical.
 Park land, sanctuaries, water sources, conservation
  land, nature trails and Bird sanctuaries are newly
  used as mitigated routes. They do this without
  contacting their custodians.
 Utilizing these lands is a violation of
  Environmental Law without study or involvement
  of resource directors.
           Record of Decision
   Factually inaccurate
   Overstatement of public involvement
   Statistical misrepresentation.
   Land use change
   Actionable
                   Safety Risks
 FAA provided no Risk vs. Gain studies on:
      Low altitude navigation risks
      Dual Landing risks demonstrated in operative setting
      Safe Distance Rule Decrease
      Bird Strike Hazard Increase
      National Security Risk of Nuclear Power Plant Flyover
      Fuel Jettison over land
      Emergency Management
      Disaster Preparedness not addressed
      ‘Aluminum Shower’ over park land Risk
          Environmental Risks
Aircraft Emissions
Water Quality
    Wetland contamination
    New York City Water Supply
Air Quality
    Human Health Risk
    Ecosystem disturbance
    Endangered Species Extinction
Noise
    Change of Land Use
    Harmonic Vibration and historic structures
               Indirect Impact
 Land Value
 Change of Land Use Classification
    FAA’s Removal of “Quiet Setting” from rural areas,
     parkland, native sanctuaries like Pound Ridge is a
     change of land use. This defacto incorporates our
     community into a navigational easement.
 Human Health Risks due to Aircraft Emissions
    Asthma
    Lung and liver cancer
    Heart Disease
                       To Do
   Stop the FAA from implementation
   Protect our community and Parks land use
   Roll back the routing changes
   Follow environmental law protecting park land,
    native forest, Bird Sanctuaries, rural
   Conduct the necessary Impact Studies
   Communicate to all impacted area leaders.
   Provide ethical mitigation strategies
   Educate yourself on the facts
   Go to ourairspace.org for scientific Studies, To Do
    Lists, Contact Lists and News

				
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