FBF is too close to JFK
and it's airspace. as is, JFk traffic both inbound and outbound frequently fly over the air field and at rather low altitudes. Then add in the airspace traffic from nearby LGA
and you begin to see how this won't work. Anyone who lives in the NYC metro area knows that neither SWF
or ACY can be a realistic alternative for those of us living on Long Island which includes Queens and Brooklyn. ISP
as mentioned on another post is an alternative, but now you trek into the fabulous world of NIMBYism. ISP
has an almost zero chance of having any reasonable expansions in it's future for that very reason. Forget Westchester because there is even more money there. SWF
is at least a 2 hr drive from say Queens or Brooklyn, and I would know because I was by there yesterday.
Someone posted something like this a while back, but what the NYC area truly needs is a HKG
style man made island off the coast of the Narrows. Far fetched it may sound, but if folks in the US were to be as revolutionary in their thinking like we once were, we would have built something like this before KIX
would have. I will add more to this. There has been talk for sometime about building a massive gates similar to what they have in the Netherlands, to be able to close when an approaching storm like Sandy comes our way, that would then prevent flooding in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Hoboken, etc...Imagine a man made island at the mouth of the bay with an inlet narrowed down on both sides with locks to prevent tides from coming into NY harbour, and then imagine a highway crossing the island connecting Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn with area of NJ
such as Morristown, Red Bank, etc..? Add in a rail connection as well. all ideas similar to what has been proposed in London recently as an alternative to expanding Heathrow. You would still have to close one of the NYC airports to have this but it's an idea that needs to be looked at down the road if NYC is to ever escape from it's delayed prone tendencies at both airports! Floyd Bennett will never be an option because of it's proximities to JFK
. Heck, I would say that you might see the 2 airports joined before we see it the airfield back in commercial use.
One side note. I love animals and nature, and I'm all for the protection of wild life. but I would say that a this point, after recent events in the area, having a bird sanctuary within close proximities is not the smartest of things to do. That said, if anyone can tell me that they can clearly see the abundance of wildlife at the north end of JFK
's R22L and 22R in that junk filled swamp, then you have been sitting out in the sun for too long and inhaling that clean fresh air called fumes.