News Article - July 28, 2007

FAA Flight Plan Continues to Plague Local Lawmakers  
  The House in Washington beat back an effort that would have stopped the FAA’s plans to redesign flight patterns over Philadelphia International Airport. Local leaders opposed to the redesign insist the defeat was no surprise. And in fact, the real battle looms in the next couple months. It was an amendment to limit funding that went down in flames although Delaware County Democrat Joe Sestak and Camden County counterpart Rob Andrews voted for it. Sestak’s waiting for a report from the General Accounting Office, expected this fall, to bolster the argument that the redesign plan is flawed from the get-go:

   “Then we have the ammunition in order to have a proposal to stop the funding and to stop the authorization for any airspace redesign until it’s done correctly.” But the FAA could begin the process to get that redesign plan in place next month. So timing could well be an issue. In fact, Delaware County Council, whose chairman has been critical of Sestak’s handling of this issue, is stepping up its threat to take the FAA to court.

Source - KYW