FAA Ordered to Vacate Their 2014 NextGen Routes in Phoenix

After three years of misery and sleep loss, residents in the Phoenix area may finally see some relief. This Judgment was just announced:Using the only legal recourse available to those impacted by FAA’s NextGen implementations, both the City of Phoenix … Continue reading

FAA’s Refusal to Manage Airport Capacity

Satellite-based (aka, NextGen) technologies have been in use for decades, and at most airports they have enabled minimization of distance flown and fuel burned. In fact, at the very few airports where NextGen is failing, the problem is not the … Continue reading

Latest Draft Noise Maps Made Public for JFK & LaGuardia Airports

The New York City area has many neighborhoods that are substantially impacted by airport noise, including new NextGen procedures. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that all three NYC major airports (KEWR, KJFK, KLGA) serve not only the large … Continue reading

Enroute Delays are Routine as Part of NextGen, Even for Slower Hubs like SEA

The previous aiREFORM Post presented a sequence of eight arrivals from California to SeaTac [KSEA], during a half-hour window from 10:22 to 10:52 on Thursday May 12th. The sequence showed some very substantial enroute delays, mostly over Oregon. Well, it … Continue reading

La Guardia Airport: Better to Close It?

Wall Street Journal printed an article slanted toward generating public support for a multi-billion dollar redevelopment of the La Guardia Airport [KLGA] terminal by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. A scrollable PDF copy is posted below, … Continue reading

Aviation Noise Psychology: How Repetitive Routes May ‘drive you crazy’

Here is an article worth reading: ‘Why the Phoenix Sky Harbor flight-path noise may drive you crazy’, by Caitlin McGlade, published in August 2015. A PDF copy of the article is provided in this Post, with highlights (and one footnote) … Continue reading

UPDATE, Longmont, CO: Second Reading and Final Council Vote on Mile-Hi Skydiving Lease, set for March 15

Skydiving noise is a substantial impact, due primarily to the fact that operators are allowed to use very noisy equipment and fly repetitive patterns that drone on for 10-20 minutes each flight. If you have ever heard a skydive plane, … Continue reading

Longmont City Council Needs to Improve Terms in the Mile-Hi Lease

QUOTE “…After a full week of blissfully quiet days and beautiful weather, the tranquility in our neighborhood was destroyed just a few minutes ago. As I write this, the Mile-Hi jump plane is droning and grinding its way to jump … Continue reading

SERFR: FAA’s ‘Acoustical Sewerline’ over the Santa Cruz area

Across the nation, over the past two years, FAA has been accommodating the desire of airlines to pad their profits by turning lower and closer to the airports. FAA, collaborating with so-called ‘stakeholders’ including the air traffic controllers union (NATCA), … Continue reading