Thanks to Trustee Clara Pomerantz, Supervising Trustee, the Following
letter was obtained from Judi Winters:
As the Village representative on the air traffic issues I have been
following the problems that we face regarding quality of life for many
years, With the recent passage of the FAA re-authorization bill a few
months back air traffic patterns have changed but still affect our
quality of life.
We are asking all residents (please pass this on to your friends and
neighbors who may not receive this email) to engage in the following
ACTION #1 call the Town of North Hempstead:
call the Town of North Hempstead: #311 from a land line
(be aware that on Sunday's especially there is a line-up of options
before the laundry list gets to air traffic complaints) and 869-6311 if you are calling from a cell - if you have that cellie in
hand try and take a picture of the flights going overhead
ACTION #2 picture taking:
If you have a video camera, take pics when you are having conversation
to demonstrate that such conversation is inaudible when these jets
ACTION #3 direct mail - we are also taking another tack. Below is a
letter to JetBlue (their increased schedule is one of the primary
causes that initiated the changes in routing) that we are asking you
to cut/copy, sign and send by snail mail:
27-01 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101
Attention: Dave Barger, Chief Executive Officer and President
We need your help. The amount of noise affecting our citizens along
the approach and departure routes for La Guardia (LGA) and John F.
Kennedy (JFK) airports has become unbearable. As head of Jet Blue
Airways, a company thatworks towards improving the environment through
its Community Connection and Jetting to Green programs, you are the
best partner we could possibly have to help control and reduce the
environmental impact of this increased air traffic in the NY metro
We know that when using a visual approach to runway 22l at JFK, pilots
are not constrained by any glide slope as is the case in an ILS
approach. Said another way, as long as long as he/she keeps the
aircraft and passengers safe and maintains minimum altitudes below or
above aircraft glide slope limitations for the aircraft, the pilot has
essentially free reign over the approach profile.
At the very least, what appears to be happening centers on the
activity of JFK's runway 22l where the pilots using visual approach
sometimes maintain a relatively flat approach until close to the
airport. This is wasting fuel and subjecting our neighbors to
I discussed this issue with our groups' consultant (a pilot for a
major U.S. Airline) who flies into and out of JFK and he wrote the
Heathrow does an impressive job of keeping planes reasonably high in
order to keep power back on the aircrafts continuous decent approaches
(CDA's). They require astrict ground track, usually through assigned
headings (rather than LNAV via GPS). This system is extremely
successful. They have a better than 95% compliance rate with constant
descent. What is really killing things at JFK is the 2000' level off
prior to glide slope capture. If they could institute somekind of
constant descent profile like at Heathrow (or a number of Western
US airports such as SFO, SNA, LAX, BUR), the 22 noise problems would
disappear. The airlines would also save a ton of fuel.
Please ask your flight personnel to review this basic approach
described above and see if this makes any sense to use at JFK, LGA or
We appreciate your service and the fact that you and Senator Schumer
are working hard in bringing quality air service at a reasonable price
to New York State. However, we ask that you do not do it at the expense
to the environment and to the quality of life on the North Shore of Long
Island (and to other communities as well).
REMINDER - WEDNESDAY THE 27TH AT THE BRYANT LIBRARY
CIVIC MEETING AT 7:30PM
GUEST SPEAKER ON THE FRACKING ISSUE AT 8:15PM
but on Tuesday you can do this:
Statewide Call-In Day and Online Actions to Gov. Cuomo for a Fracking Ban!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9am- 5pm
Location: Your phone and computer
In mid-June, a New York Times article came out indicating a plan from
the NYS DEC and Governor Cuomo to create sacrifice zones for fracking
in the Southern Tier. We need an overwhelming response to the
outrageous plan and blatant environmental injustice of allowing
drilling in the Southern Tier.
Take two actions and share this far and wide...
1. Call Governor Cuomo at 1-866-584-6799. When you're connected to his
office, tell them your name and where you’re from, and then simply
tell them that Governor Cuomo must not create sacrifice zones and that
he must protect all New Yorkers by banning fracking. Or use this
script: "It is not okay to sacrifice any part of New York to fracking.
Fracking would create the greatest health and environmental disaster
in NY's history-- if you break it, you own it. Ban fracking now!"
After you’ve made your call, encourage friends and family to make
2. Post that message on Governor Cuomo's Facebook page
(http://www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo). Tweet this message at
Governor Cuomo http://j.mp/MrEopx - #Fracking would create the
greatest health and environmental disaster in NY's history, and
@NYGovCuomo ban fracking now.
Here is the Food & Water Watch event page for the call-in day:
And here's the event Facebook page for the call-in day: