Join the general aviation community in opposing New York State Senate Bill 7135 and Assembly Bill 9053, which would repeal the Aviation Jobs Act, leading to job losses and reduced economic growth.
Enacted as part of the 2015 budget, the Aviation Jobs Act makes New York competitive with surrounding states and has led to direct investment at airports since its passage.
Repeal of this legislation would mean New York could no longer compete with surrounding states that offer aircraft sales tax exemptions. New jobs created in New York would disappear, and significant opportunities for aviation investment would be lost.
Take a moment today to let your elected officials in Albany know that you oppose any efforts to repeal the Aviation Jobs Act.
White Plains, NY – January 14 2020. In mid-2019, Westchester County retained HMMH, a leading environmental and transportation consulting firm that specializes in noise analysis for airports, to conduct an updated analysis of flight paths and noise levels caused by aircraft arriving and departing from Westchester County Airport. The consultant reviewed noise data for 2013, 2015 and 2018 and the same firm was previously retained by the County to analyze noise levels for 1988, 1999, and 2005. HMMH presented its findings to the County and Airport Advisory Board in October of this year.
The consultant’s findings show a dramatic and sustained reduction of aircraft noise levels in all directions around the airport for the 2010s relative to the decades past. The consultant attributed these significant reductions in noise levels to the quieter engines of modern jets compared to the older and louder jets of past decades and the lower number of average daily aircraft operations at the airport – from 609 in 1999, 531 in 2005, 469 in 2013 and down again to 428 in 2018.
The study also revealed there has been no significant difference in flight paths of landing and departing aircraft. These results are consistent with research conducted by others that looked at radar data going back as far back as 2005. This confirms longstanding statements by aviation experts that the broad traffic patterns of arriving and departing aircraft have remained essentially the same for decades. These findings are backed by detailed radar data showing the exact type, position and altitude of aircraft arriving and departing the airport. The data validates the significant, measurable and sustained positive impact the aviation community's efforts have achieved in reducing noise levels and clearly shows the airport is quieter now than it has been in decades.
“There has been a lot of inaccurate information lately about the noise levels from aircraft using Westchester County Airport and the flight paths they use when landing or departing from the airport,” said Westchester Aviation Association Vice Chairman John Wellington. “We felt the broader public, who overwhelming supports the airport, should know that the airport is doing better than ever to be a respectful and quiet neighbor to its surrounding residents,” continued Mr. Wellington.
HMMH's work for Westchester County is continuing in 2020. The firm is exploring a number of issues including the concentration of flight paths over parts of the County away from the airport. To the extent that it does not impact operational safety, the Westchester Aviation Association supports efforts that could diversify longstanding traffic patterns into and out of the airport
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) is the voice of general aviation at Westchester County Airport (HPN) – a not-for-profit organization, which promotes aviation education and understanding on the part of government authorities and the public. Its members include a growing number of individuals and businesses, who value the presence of good air transportation facilities in Westchester County. WAA represents individuals, businesses and corporations from all over the United States but primarily from the Northeast. The goals of the organization are to:
Photo Caption 1: The noise footprint of aircraft arriving and departing from Westchester County Airport has contracted significantly over the last several decades. Experts cite lower traffic numbers at the airport and improvements in noise reduction technologies on aircraft as the primary drivers for the significant reduction of noise levels.
Photo Caption 2: Aircraft operations for flights arriving and departing from Westchester County Airport have steadily declined over the past two decades.
DATE: November 14, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Cioffi
WESTCHESTER COUNTY HONORS GENERAL AVIATION ‘GOOD NEIGHBORS’ WITH THE SPIRIT OF NOISE ABATEMENT AWARDS
(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Airport is proud to honor eight of its general aviation based operators and corporate flight departments with the “Spirit of Noise Abatement” Awards.
Friday, November 15 8:30 a.m.
Westchester County Airport
Airport Restaurant – 2nd Floor of Terminal Building
240 Airport Road, White Plains
The awards will be presented in recognition of those operators who have achieved 100% compliance with the Westchester County Airport Voluntary Restraint from Flying Program (12 midnight through 6:30 a.m.), and the High Range Noise Event Limit (90.0 dBA) for the entire year. The Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards were developed in 1994 as a motivational program to promote compliance with noise abatement procedures, and the use of “quiet technology” aircraft at the County Airport. The Awards were last presented in 2012, and are being reinstated by Westchester County Executive George Latimer to recognize good corporate neighbors.
Latimer said: “The Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards Ceremony is a small way for the County to say thank you to our flight operators for their good corporate citizenship, and commitment to being a ‘good neighbor.’ When we are able to work together to reduce the impact on those affected by significant aircraft noise, we can help ensure that Westchester County Airport remains a vibrant transportation hub, economic benefits driver, and a good neighbor to Westchester County’s residents.”
The following eight companies will be receiving Noise Abatement Awards in the categories of Jet, Turbopropeller and Helicopter. They are as follows:
Clay Lacy– Global, Aircraft Charter Company
Crane Company– Manufacturing Company
Interlaken Capital Aviation Services, Inc. – Financial Company (Awarded in two categories)
Pepsico – Fortune 50 Company
N267DW – Aircraft Charter Company
New York Power Authority– Utility Company
IBM – Fortune 50 Company
The “Spirit Winners” will receive a plaque in recognition of their dedication and efforts to help reduce the impact of aircraft noise on the Airport’s surrounding communities.
Westchester County recently commissioned the environmental consulting firm HMMH to produce an updated study of noise generated by arriving and departing aircraft from HPN using detailed data from 2013, 2016 and 2018. The same firm was involved in the County's previous noise study, completed in the 2000s, which looked at noise levels for 1989, 1999 and 2005. The study involved using detailed radar data showing the precise location, altitude, type and time of each aircraft arriving or departing from HPN. This data was then passed into a model to generate detailed noise contours showing the levels of noise at points surrounding the airport. Previous efforts comparing such models against actual nose levels measured with microphones around Westchester County found such models to be accurate in predicting noise levels at HPN. The first results from the new study were presented at the October meeting of the Airport Advisory Board (AAB). When combined with the previous studies, the current results show that the airport continues to show steady and significant contractions in the noise contours surrounding the airport in the period from the 80s, 90s, 00s and today. The consultant attributed these continued reductions in noise to a combination of significantly lower traffic levels in recent years at HPN relative to periods past along with the overall trend of the aviation fleet becoming quieter, particularly with the near elimination of the very loud stage 2 aircraft.
The County asked the study to also review traffic levels and flight patterns north of the airport as this the most common location of noise complaints. The consultants noted that the extended centerline of runway 16-34 do see a significant concentration of traffic relative to other parts of the County; however, in addressing the question if flight paths have changed the study did not find any significant change in overall flight paths into or out of the airport during the 2013-2018 period reviewed. Such results are consistent with earlier studies conducted by the AAB which reviewed radar data going back to 2005 and also did not observe significant changes in the overall flight paths used for arriving or departing aircraft from HPN. The study noted that while the overall trend of traffic at the airport has been downward, the volume of traffic on the 16 vs. 34 side of the airport does fluctuate year to year line with the use of 16 vs. 34 from weather and operational considerations. These results are also in line with previous research published by the AAB, which showed similar ups and downs in traffic experienced on either side of the airport. The previous AAB study went further back in time to 2005 and found that despite these yearly fluctuations the overall levels of traffic north of the airport are currently lower than decades past, broadly in line with the overall trend of lower traffic levels at HPN. The AAB previously recommended that alternative visual approach procedures may be one way to scatter traffic off the extended centerlines on days with good weather.
2019 WAA Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarship
The recipients of the 2019 WAA Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarships were announced at the WAA Safety Day event on June 4th and 5th. The two day event was held at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.
WAA Chairman, Eric Faulkner began the presentation of the scholarships by remembering his long time friend and fellow WAA Board member, Bill Weaver for whom this scholarship is dedicated. Bill's wife Susan and son Brandon were in attendance to witness how the legacy of his giving will continue to live on through these scholarships. Also in attendance was Mr. Chris Richards, owner of the Academy of Aviation. Chris' generosity has helped make this scholarship possible.
The 2nd place winner is Mr. Charles Reynolds. Charles has a four year degree in Aviation Technology from Everglades University in Florida and has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was six years old in his hometown of Antigua, Barbuda. He started his aviation career in 2007 working as a line service technician as the Boca Airport. He has been working at the Westchester County Airport for 8 years now and is currently a Line Service Supervisor at Ross Aviation. Charles received a $3,000.00 scholarship to the Academy of Aviation for continued flight training.
The first place winner is Ms. Katherine Benita Guerrero. Katherine received her BS in December of 2017 with a major in Aeronautical Science-Focus in Air Traffic Control. She finished with a GPA of 3.8 and 4.0. Katherine has many honors and awards. To name a few: IAWA-International Women's Association Award 2014. Presidents List- Every Spring and Fall from 2013 to 2016. The Wings club scholarship-Fall of 2015 and 2016. Her finest award is the Bessie Coleman Award which is presented to a female graduate who has attained the highest cumulative grade point average while demonstrating the professional and civic values that exemplify the mission of Vaughn College. Katherine received a $7,000.00 scholarship to the Academy of Aviation for continued flight training.
The Westchester Aviation Association and the Academy of Aviation will award two aviation scholarships in 2019 for flight training in the amounts of $7,000, and $3,000. The scholarship amounts will be awarded as a credit to be used at the Academy of Aviation flight school located at Westchester County Airport and must be used within one year of receiving the awarded amount.
Anyone training towards a pilot certificate or rating may apply for a WAA scholarship.
Veterans are encouraged to apply.
1. A typed essay is required and should include:
2. The scholarship is open to current and new prospective pilots. Please send in a copy of your pilot certificates if you have any.
3. Please include a copy of the last 2 pages of your log book if you have already started flying.
4. Also include a professional resume with your contact info.
The recipients of the scholarship will be awarded at the WAA Safety Day hosted at the Westchester Marriott on June 4th & 5th, 2019 and are required to attend this event. In addition, the recipients of these scholarships shall be required to perform 6 hours of aviation volunteer service to give back to the aviation community.
Log book entries, resumes and essays must be emailed as attachments to:
WAA 2019 Scholarship 4.pdf
A Daher TBM 930 turboprop single piloted by Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek completed a record-setting flight from New York to Paris on Saturday in an attempt to break a speed record held since 1985 by famed test pilot Chuck Yeager. The record must be verified by organizations such as the National Aeronautics Association and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
The flight departed Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York, on Saturday shortly after midnight local time and landed at Le Bourget Airport (FPB) in Paris about 8 hours 35 minutes later. Pilots Reuter and Bozek worked with officials on both sides of the Atlantic in preparation to attempt to beat the record in the C1e category (turboprop aircraft with an mtow of less than 13,200 pounds/6,000 kg).
The aircraft, owned by Reuter, was fitted with an additional fuel tank to carry an additional 300 gallons of jet fuel. This brought total usable fuel to 600 gallons, providing more than 10 hours of flight time. The FAA provided a permit to allow for a takeoff weight of 9,500 pounds, which is an increase from the TBM 930’s certified mtow of 7,398 pounds. Further, the aircraft was equipped with an Iridium Go! in-flight tracking device.
Reuter, a Chicago-based global finance executive, previously owned a TBM 850 for a decade before his current 930. Half of his 4,500 flight hours have accrued during his time in his two TBM aircraft. This included a trip to Antarctica in December. Bozek, a Michigan-based entrepreneur and real estate investor who flies aerobatic missions and collects warbirds, has logged 800 hours in his TBM 900, boosting his total time to 3,400 hours.
HPN Tower advised us of expected air traffic delays and re-routes for Thanksgiving week traffic heading for Palm Beach (KPBI) due to expected VIP issues. ATC Traffic management has told the Tower that Oceanic routes would be given to airline traffic only, with all other traffic destined to PBI needing to file on J48.
Those not filing on J48 can expect re-routes onto that airway.
Any operators with questions can contact HPN ATCT Operations Supervisor Demisha Vega at 914-948-6520.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer
wants to hear from you!
The runway repaving project will be presented to the Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 7:00PM in the Westchester County Airport Terminal Conference Room.
If you have an opinion on the repaving of Runway 16/34 now is the time to voice it to your elected representatives.
Your WAA Board of Directors encourages you to support this project as it is a matter of safety. A majority of the project costs will be funded by an FAA Grant and the work will be performed by local contractors. This is a benefit to our local economy and if not used, the FAA Grant money will be forfeited.
There is a vocal group of anti-airport citizens that have been mobilized to attend these meetings and they provide the Airport Advisory Board with unfavorable comments towards the airport.
The WAA is encouraging our members to attend the AAB meeting in person to let your opinions be heard.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please consider contacting your local representatives to let them know what the value of this airport and this project means to you!
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Contact by phone at 914-995-2900
Westchester Aviation Association is a non-profit organization.
Main P.O. Box 447 Purchase, NY 10577-0447