The red box below presents a copy of the latest Post by Oregon Aviation Watch. It concerns the construction of a new parallel runway at Hillsboro Airport in Oregon [KHIO].
Two facts are driving this unnecessary construction:
- FAA has free money to award. Well, sort of free. FAA collects billions every year from airline passenger fees and air cargo taxes, and then doles out these funds to airport projects all over the country. Many times, though, these AIP projects are not needed and are actually just ‘pork’ used to create temporary jobs and help reelect incumbent officials. Sort of like ‘bridges to nowhere’.
- The Hillsboro parallel runway is NOT needed at all. In fact, this airport has seen a substantial reduction in itinerant air traffic operations (takeoffs and landings) in the past two decades. In 2013, there were 73,000 itinerant operations, down 24% from the peak year 1997, when there were 96,000 itinerant operations. KHIO has an exceptionally high portion of local ‘training pattern’ flights, mostly connected with Hillsboro Aviation’s helicopter pilot program. [BTW, this mirrors the national trend, where total operations are down 25% from the year 2000]
…and here are links to the many informative Posts done by OAW in the past five months…
- ConnectOregon: The Democratic Party Embraces Trickle Down Reaganomics
..8/3/2014 Post at OregonAviationWatch.com
- Oregon Aviation Watch Files for Emergency Injunctive Relief
..7/22/2014 Post at OregonAviationWatch.com
- Westside Economic Alliance Overstates Economic Benefits of Hillsboro Airport
..6/5/2014 Post at OregonAviationWatch.com
- Death By Economic Engine
..5/15/2014 Post at OregonAviationWatch.com
- OAW Challenges Hillsboro Airport Third Runway
..4/29/2014 Post at OregonAviationWatch.com
- OAW Prepares to Appeal: FAA Finding of No Significant Impact on Hillsboro Airport Third Runway Proposal
..3/9/2014 Post at OregonAviationWatch.com
Oregon Aviation Watch has been tireless in their efforts to get FAA, the Port of Portland, and a few community officials to listen to those who are impacted at Hillsboro. The vast majority of KHIO’s toxic lead and excessive noise is being created by the Hillsboro Aviation flight instruction program. And, much of it is by especially noisy low-altitude helicopters. Many people are being adversely impacted, while just a few are reaping enormous financial profits. This is exactly the sort of airport expansion for which Congress insisted FAA must fully engage impacted citizens. And yet, FAA and the Port of Portland are working together to disempower those same citizens.
If you are concerned about the situation at Hillsboro in particular or the abuse of power by aviation officials in general, please consider helping Oregon Aviation Watch with the costs of their legal efforts. Here is a link to the OAW donation webpage.