2001-09-01 / Letters

FAA…Please Finish

FAA…Please Finish

Dear Editor:

As I’ve read about the Doppler radar system in several issues of this newspaper, I’m sort of disturbed to learn that the radar is still not active.

The purpose of the radar system is to monitor elements of the weather in and around New York City and allow air traffic controllers to judge if low flying aircrafts are threatened by the weather.

My curiosity led me to obtain books about modern advances in meteorology, believe it when I say that the radar standing in Floyd Bennett Field is one of them.

The FAA has waited some four years to commence construction of this Doppler unit, now there is still a delay in having the radar do it’s job. In an area so close to the ocean with the winds constantly shifting along with thermal action between the ground and the clouds, there can be much hazards for the planes to encounter while in flight at low altitude.

If the radar needed to be built at this time, why not complete the process and enable this system? That 32- foot sphere protects a microwave dish atop a turntable which simply is not turning. Suppose a plane is disturbed by wind shear and falls from flight, crashing in a residential area?

Imaging the FAA drawing the conclusion that a tailwind found the plane and realizing "We built that radar, just didn’t activate it." The FAA needs to enable the Doppler, because delaying it can result in catastrophe. Why is this process being overlooked? Is the federal government waiting for an accident to occur before taking some action? Why not put those tax dollars to good use and take action now!


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