Plane from Reagan National has close call with drone

30 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

America’s Worst Airport to Get $4 Billion Swedish Massage.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey yesterday took a small but critical step toward relieving travelers of the New York airport as they know it.A $3.6-billion (U.S.) overhaul of the decrepit Central Terminal at New York’s LaGuardia Airport has taken a major step forward with the selection of a team to design, build, operate and maintain the project for 35 years.A passenger plane about to land at La Guardia Airport avoided a potentially catastrophic collision with a drone over Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Friday morning, authorities said.

Shuttle America Flight 2708 from Washington, DC, was about 10 miles from touchdown when the unmanned craft flew into its path at about 11 a.m., forcing the plane’s co-pilot to pull up about 200 feet to avoid a collision, they said. “The crew of the Embraer E170 reported that the unmanned aircraft was operating in the vicinity of Prospect Park at an altitude of about 2,700 feet,” said the Federal Aviation Administration. “A good comparison is bird strikes. The project, detailed here, will offer fliers a three- rather than two-level terminal, with 35 gates spread across 1.3 million square feet, up from 835,000 square feet.

The 51-year-old terminal’s leaky ceilings, threadbare atmosphere and meagre food and public transit options have put it at or near the top of lists of the worst airports in the United States. Biden was attempting to highlight America’s decaying infrastructure, which has led to a slow increase of the kind of P3 projects used widely in Britain, Canada and elsewhere.

So if a drone got sucked into an engine, it definitely could have been catastrophic,” said Harrison Wolf of the Aviation Safety and Security Program, a think tank based at the University of Southern California. Last November, inbound airplane pilots spotted two quadcopter drones in the restricted airspace around the runways at JFK Airport — with one coming within five to 10 feet of a Delta airliner’s wing. That same week, a helicopter pilot spied two more drones flying at about 500 feet at 3 p.m. near the 59th Street Bridge Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, sources said. LaGuardia draws persistent scorn on social media, as a New York traveler who flew there on Wednesday from Beijing’s gleaming Capital Airport illustrated by smartphone: About two-thirds of the project’s tab will come from the construction consortium, which will collect fees from the airport over time, in the type of public-private partnership that has become common to many large infrastructure projects. LaGuardia Gateway Partners is led by Vancouver-based Vantage Airport Group and also includes Skanska, Meridiam, Walsh Construction, HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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