Twenty-six percent of aircraft arrival accidents and 14 percent of departure accidents happen within the runway protection zones (RPZs) surrounding airports, according to a 2002 study by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California. Those accident statistics illustrate exactly why housing developments don't belong off the end of runways and why AOPA is working to stop a proposal that would allow residential development within the RPZ of Cape May County Airport in Wildwood, New Jersey. AOPA this week alerted the township's planning director of the FAA's guidance that prohibits building houses in those areas. The association also explained that the airport's sponsors, the Delaware River Bay Authority and Cape May County, were obligated through federal grant assurances to restrict incompatible land use around the airport.
November 24, 2006