Residents protest expansion at Republic Airport

Full story: Newsday 10
Some residents who came to Republic Airport yesterday to review a proposed $55-million construction project said the expansion at the East Farmingdale facility would undoubtedly increase noise pollution and air ... Full Story
Ric

Centereach, NY

#1 May 1, 2008
It is an airport, it was always an airport...

What do you expect?
NIMBY Island

Florham Park, NJ

#2 May 1, 2008
Jam 3,000,000 people into Nassau and Suffolk Counties, then not up date transportation facilities; expect nothing less from NIMBY Island.
THE FRITO BANDITO

Port Richey, FL

#3 May 1, 2008
Move all this out to Calverton where they can expand and have a nice airport. Sounds like a decent idea. That's right gov't. dosen't use good ideasto practical.
Sylvia

Farmingdale, NY

#4 May 1, 2008
Ric wrote:
It is an airport, it was always an airport...
What do you expect?
YOU DON'T LIVE A BLOCK FROM THIS AIRPORT, I guess I do not expect you to know any better...

I live here and I DO NOT want this to be expanded, period.
Schumey

Ronkonkoma, NY

#5 May 1, 2008
Expand the airport, and do so quickly! I work in Melville and travel frequently, so if this airport expands to incorporate larger commercial jet aircraft, instead of mostly private jets, I may be able to fly out of Republic instead of being inconvenienced at LGA or JFK (Islip is too far east!).

The "residents" around Republic tend to be (A) dead as they are buried in St. Charles Cemetery (east of the airport); and (B) commercial businesses to the north and west (Conklin Ave and Rt 110). I haven't seen any homeless living on the Southern State Parkway to the south, so I can't figure what "residents" would be negatively impacted by this proposed expansion.
NIMBY Island

Florham Park, NJ

#6 May 1, 2008
Sylvia wrote:
<quoted text>
YOU DON'T LIVE A BLOCK FROM THIS AIRPORT, I guess I do not expect you to know any better...
I live here and I DO NOT want this to be expanded, period.
Why did you purchase a house next to the airport? Sylvia, you get the "NIMBY of the DAY" award.
Gen X Veteran

Bronx, NY

#7 May 1, 2008
Expand the airport!!!! Period
Alfie

Torrance, CA

#8 May 1, 2008
I feel sorry for anyone who lives there.
cooltemp

Centereach, NY

#9 May 3, 2008
THE FRITO BANDITO wrote:
Move all this out to Calverton where they can expand and have a nice airport. Sounds like a decent idea. That's right gov't. dosen't use good ideasto practical.
Calverton? Who the hell wants to fly to Calverton?
olddale

Seligman, AZ

#10 May 4, 2008
It was a test air strip when I moved here.Now its geting as big as Teterboro

The article in Newsday (watch for the other shoe to drop there), while factual, does little to tell the public what is going to happen at Republic (FRG in airport lingo). So it might be well to compare it to one of the other notorious reliever airports in this area, Teterboro (TEB to aviators and shills).
Both airports (TEB and FRG) are designated reliever airports by the FAA.

TEB is comprised of 827 acres, FRG has 526, about 35% smaller than TEB (which means we are closer to the sources of noise, fumes, etc.)
TEB has 19 hangars with 419,000 square feet of aircraft storage space; FRG currently has about 350,000 square feet of hangar space under ten roofs, with 210,000 square feet to be added under the expansion project, which will exceed TEB by 25%(in a much smaller space).

TEB has longer runways, at 6,013 and 7,000 feet, while FRG has 5,517 and 6,827 feet.

TEB on 12/31/2006 had 171 aircraft based there, 38 single engine prop, 22 multi engine prop, 96 jet aircraft and 15 helicopters. On 12/31/2006, FRG had 546 based aircraft, 393 single engine prop, 88 twin engine prop, 44 jets and 22 helicopters.

In 2006, TEB had 545 aircraft operations per day, while FRG had 522 per day.

The expansion plan is the brainchild of SheltAir, a Florida-based company, whose Vice President is none other than our old friend William McShane of LI Jet Center fame.(The Big Wheel keeps on turning.)

With the planned expansion of the airport, it is easy to see what conditions we will live under in the future. TEB is by Federal law restricted to aircraft weighing less than 100,000 pounds (Gross Takeoff Weight), while no such limitation exists here. Bigger and better will be the legacy we will live with. The addition of 210,000 square feet of hangar space certainly does not mean that these hangars will be used for square dancing.(“If you build it, they will come”, a line I have used before in this space certainly applies here.) What is not mentioned is that there is already one hangar nearing completion at the airport which is not included in the project. But, of course, this hangar is for aircraft already based there, isn’t it AV8TOR?

If you think you have been disturbed in the past due to aircraft operations, just wait 'til this project is completed!!

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