2002-05-18 / Letters

Why Not Someplace Else?

Why Not Someplace Else?

Dear Editor;

How amazing that the JFK Airport controllers route the departing Concorde over Dayton Towers on days where the planes are landing in that direction.

What do I mean?  Planes always land and take off into the wind.  This allows for better
control and better lift on take off.  When the wind blows from the north or northeast, as
it was on the morning of Saturday, May 10th, planes come in from the ocean, pass over
the beach between approximately beach 94 St and Beach 66 St., then descend onto either runway four left or right.  Occasionally you can see planes passing in side by side when
both runways are being used for landings.  You can get a look at the Concorde as it lands
on almost any morning as well.  For take off from runway 22, planes go over the Rosedale
area and points east-except for the noisy old Concorde.

Here's what's odd.  The controllers seem to reverse all patterns to let the Concorde take
off in the same direction planes were landing in only moments before, regardless of the wind direction!  This happens often on the
weekends.  The Concorde roars right over Dayton Towers and vicinity, as it did on May 10
at 8:48 a.m., rattling windows, setting off car alarms, and most likely breaking all rules of noise pollution.

This has been happening for years now, except of course in the absence of this aircraft after
one crashed in France.  Why won't the controllers put the Concorde over Rosedale and Nassau County?  Howard Beach gets its share of Concorde take offs, but why is there a complete reversal of aircraft patterns just for the Concorde? 

By the way, what's up with that large plane parked at Floyd Bennett?  I did not know the runways were operating at Floyd Bennett again. People said this two-engine engine commercial size jet with a red tail (Coast Guard?) was seen flying over Rockaway on Friday, May 9 several times. We would like to know!



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