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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:

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  1. FAA AIRSPACE REDESIGN over Pound Ridge

  2. 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

  3. 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 • *non-inclusive of scheduled expansion efforts

  4. 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

  5. Affected area

  6. Westchester airport

  7. LAGuardia Arrivals

  8. Westchester arrivals

  9. Added departure capacity

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Noise measurement sites

  13. 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.

  14. Record of Decision • Factually inaccurate • Overstatement of public involvement • Statistical misrepresentation. • Land use change • Actionable

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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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