Schumer says FAA bill section would ease delays
By Michael Randall
Published: 2:00 AM – 02/04/11
STEWART AIRPORT – Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill now before the Senate would mean fewer flight delays per year at all airports, including Stewart International.
Schumer, D-N.Y., said a key part of the bill is streamlining the installation of NextGen, a satellite-based system using global positioning technology. The system allows more takeoffs and landings in a shorter time period.
While Stewart has at most 10 flights per day, all airports are subject to the “domino effect,” he said. “Once one airport is delayed, others get delayed.”
Schumer estimates Stewart could see 90 fewer delayed arrivals and 54 fewer delayed departures per year once NextGen is in place, which would take several years to implement after the bill’s passage.
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