jhooper
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Great News For Houston Spotters!

Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:12 am

After sending another letter to the Mayor regarding the Lee Rd. area, here's a reply I just now recieved:
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We are not in disagreement regarding the reopening of the observation areas during daylight hours for you and the organization you represent for all of the reasons you cited in your email. We understand that aircraft spotters are responsible citizens and we are interested in having some dialogue with you and others interested in using Bush Intercontinental Airport for this purpose. We originally closed the areas to public use because of some problems that occurred after dark requiring police attention, you may recall the observation areas were open 24 hours a day at one time.



I am going to ask Gordon Taylor the Airport Security Manager at Bush Intercontinental to coordinate an effort to open the area on Lee Rd. at your request, but it will require his section to open the area in the morning and close it at night. I would anticipate being able to open the area soon and will ask Mr. Taylor to contact you as to the exact date so that you may contact your other members.



For the time being we will open the Lee Rd. location. If all goes well, we will look into the other observation area on Rankin Rd.



We have had plans to open the areas up, but due to a shortage in personnel we haven't been able to address this issue. As you may be aware, we have recently initiated the Airport Ranger program utilizing horseback riders to patrol some of the remote areas of the airport. This initiative is the first one of its kind in the country. I am very interested in using your membership as additional eyes and ears for us on the perimeter of the airport.



I want to thank you for your patience and willingness to work with us in an effort to provide a safe and secure environment for the traveling public.



Mark V. Mancuso
Deputy Director of Aviation
Public Safety Division
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
 
artsyman
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Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2001 12:35 pm

RE: Great News For Houston Spotters!

Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:45 am

Excellent news, and a nice, balanced reply. If I had to add anythign though, you can park without much hassle on the side of the road at Lee Rd, and sit and watch planes all day if you like. In fact, I am going to do just that today from about 3.30-4.00pm

J

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