FAA Questioned on Plans to Shift Philadelphia Airport Takeoff Patterns

The FAA, after more than eight years of study, plans to decide by late 2007 whether it will adopt a new system for routing airplanes departing from Philadelphia and four New York-area airports to reduce flight delays across one of the world's busiest...

Another resident at the Paulsboro meeting, Carol Drummond of West Deptford, said she believed the FAA already had decided to adopt a particular airspace redesign. She said she and her neighbors were frustrated by their having protested loudly - to no avail - to the FAA and the airport last year when they were planning the extension of Runway 17-35 to accommodate larger jets. The extension project, which is now under way, is expected to increase air traffic over Paulsboro and West Deptford, Drummond said.

"This is a mere formality," she said of the meeting. "They don't care about our opinion at all."

Airspace Meetings

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold two more public informational meetings on the redesign of airspace over the Philadelphia area from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tonight: Holiday Inn, 900 Packer Ave., Philadelphia.

Tomorrow: Ridley Community Center, 801 Morton Ave., Ridley Township.

Philadelphia Inquirer

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