Pittsburgh, PA – OEP:KPIT

8-15-2015 KPIT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (10,000 acres) Pittsburgh, PA Four Nearby Instrument Airports: [KAGC] 16 SE ; [KBVI] 18 NW ; [KPJC] 19 N ; [KBTP] 21 NE ;(ave. distance: 19 nm) Total Based Aircraft:37 (13 jets, 24 military aircraft) … Continue reading

1990 vs 2005 vs 2016 Operations: Exposing FAA’s Inaccurate Forecasts

While doing some online research and archiving of older FAA documents, I ran into a copy of FAA’s 1993 Aviation System Capacity Plan. (click here for an archived copy of the 389-page document). Within this document, Table A-3 offered a … Continue reading

The Third Head of the NextGen Hydra: How FAA is Jamming Arrivals Closer Together

Three months ago, the ‘Dissecting NextGen’ presentation was made in Des Moines, to help people better understand the impacts of NextGen around Sea-Tac International Airport [KSEA]. Included within that presentation was discussion of ‘Hub Concentration’ and ‘Route Concentration’, as two … Continue reading

KDCA NextGen Impacts May Trigger Yet One More Legal Action Against FAA

FAA is presently being sued by groups across the nation, due to their botched NextGen implementation. It looks like another lawsuit may be initiated, seeking relief for residents in Bethesda, MD. See the Bethesda Magazine article (archived copy below, in … Continue reading

United Airlines at Dulles: Yet Another Example of Corporate Welfare?

The airlines offer an extraordinary example of how the playing field has become increasingly tipped, to favor money, corporations, and the politically connected. In this example, the Washington, DC area is served by three commercial airports: Baltimore-Washington [KBWI], Dulles [KIAD], … Continue reading

U.S. Aviation Impact Activists Can Learn a Lot by Looking at London’s Gatwick Hub

One of the oldest activist groups fighting to manage aviation impacts and preserve their local community is the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC.org.uk).  This group has been around since 1968. The website for GACC.org.uk is impressive, and well worth a look … Continue reading

FAA History: 2014

FAA History (main page) Saturday, January 4, 2014:FAA’s new pilot rules (FAR 117) went into effect. Under the new rules, non-cargo pilots must get at least 10 hours of rest between shifts, of which 8 hours must involve uninterrupted sleep. … Continue reading

FAA History: 2013

FAA History (main page) Tuesday, January 1, 2013:The Senate confirmed Michael Huerta as the new FAA Administrator. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood swore him in for a five-year term on January 9. (See March 27, 2012.) Wednesday, January 2, 2013: Garmin … Continue reading

FAA History: pre-1930

FAA History (main page) Thursday, May 20, 1926:President Calvin Coolidge signed the Air Commerce Act of 1926 into law. The act instructed the Secretary of Commerce to foster air commerce; designate and establish airways; establish, operate, and maintain aids to … Continue reading

A Set of KSEA Arrivals Helps to Expose FAA’s NextGen Fraud

Much of the gains of FAA’s NextGen program, as being oversold to the people and to Congress, are actually false and will never be realized. History may eventually reveal that FAA’s NextGen program was just a fraud, used to ratchet … Continue reading