For Immediate Release

March 30, 1999
Contact: Arlene Salac/Jim Peters
Phone: (718) 553-3015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its Record of Decision (ROD) for the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) that will serve John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports. The TDWR is an advance radar system that detects windshear and microbursts. TDWRs reduce the likelihood of weather-related aircraft accidents and potentially save the lives of aircraft passengers and people on the ground

After a careful review of the administrative record, including the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that was released in January, the FAA has approved the installation and operation of the weather radar at the former United States Coast Guard Station at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York. This action was identified as the environmentally preferable alternative in the final EIS.

In making this determination, the FAA gave careful consideration to aviation safety and operational needs as well as potential environmental effects.

TDWRs have been installed at 40 sites throughout the country. Seven other TDWRs remain to be installed.