News Article - April 21, 2007

Andrews blasts FAA flight plan for Region  
  Rep. Rob Andrews today blasted the Federal Aviation administration's "preferred alternative" to reduce flight congestion over New Jersey and four surrounding states, calling it a "colossal mistake." After meeting with FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell and House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar, Andrews and Pennsylvania congressman, Democrat Joe Sestak, said the plan is poorly thought out and doesn't take into account residents' concerns about noise pollution in South Jersey.

   Andrews said the plan won't reduce flight delays in Philadelphia International Airport and the FAA couldn't say precisely how much money it needs to build new facilities, train air traffic controllers and buy equipment to implement the preferred option. "The job of the FAA is to come up with the correct answer. We don't think the FAA has done that," said Andrews, a Haddon Heights Democrat. "After hearing from the (FAA), I'm absolutely more convinced than ever that this air space redesign is a colossal mistake."

   FAA spokesman Jim Peters refused to comment about the meeting. He said South Jersey residents would have a chance to see the agency's plans to combat flight noise in Delaware County during a May 1 public hearing in Philadelphia. They will also have a chance to ask questions and later submit written comments before the FAA announces the final plan in August, he added. A similar meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday in Newark.

Source - Courier Post