The Big Bad Bird Is Back! Concorde Resumes Service at JFK
The Big Bad Bird Is Back!
Concorde Resumes Service at JFK
By Gary G. Toms
Air France and British Airways announced this week that the Concorde will resume service on November 9 of this year. It was some 15 months ago when the Supersonic jet was taken out if service after one of its planes had crashed shortly after takeoff.
The crash was the first in the 31-year history of the Concorde. An investigation was conducted several months after the crash, and reports revealed that a stray strip of metal on the runway punctured a tire, propelling bits of rubber into the fuel tank and causing a fire. A total of 113 people on board the plane and on the ground were killed in the incident.
The Concorde has been a sore spot for many Rockaway residents because of the level of noise that is associated with it during takeoff and landing. The rumblings have been known to set off car and store alarms in and around the community and cause housing foundations to shake.
Democratic City Council candidate Joseph P. Addabbo, who chairs the Community Board 10’s Port Authority Committee, has been informed that although the Concorde/SST revenue flights will resume on November 9, there will be flights into and over our area before that date.
"The Concorde serves a limited number of passengers who are willing to pay exorbitant fares and it has a very negative effect on thousands of people in this Council District. I intend to work very closely with Congressman Anthony Weiner and other elected officials to change the regulations currently in force that allow the SST to fly over our communities," said Addabbo.
A week earlier, Congressman Weiner renewed his call for the banning of the Concorde, describing it as a "headache for the many residents of Queens." Weiner also revealed that he plans to introduce legislation to close the loophole in the anti-noise standards that allow the Concorde to fly despite exceeding the legal sound limits.
"While the Concorde’s return may be good news for high-flyers, it is bad news for peace and quiet. While jetliners are getting quieter with new technology, the SST is still the loudest plane in the sky. It should not be permitted to fly until it complies with the current anti-noise standards," stated the Congressman.
The Concorde made several trans-Atlantic flights this week, which included a flight from London to New York’s JFK Airport and back to London.
Jeff Angel, a spokesman for British Airways, stated, " The flights went very, very well."
With the United States and Britain joining forces to combat Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban, some have expressed concern that the Concorde, which is widely regarded as a symbol of Britain, will become the target of a terrorist attack. Citing these concerns, The Wave made efforts to obtain comments from Congressman Gregory Meeks and representatives from the Port Authority, but we were not able to communicate with them by the Thursday deadline.