A bill in the Connecticut state legislature threatens continued use of Runway 6/24 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR), according to the Connecticut Business Aviation Group and NBAA.
If passed, S.B. 563, introduced by State Senator Dan Debicella (D-21), would prevent the addition of an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) to Runway 6/24 by extending a moratorium on the relocation of Route 113. Runway 6/24 and Route 113 currently are separated by a blast fence, identified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a much less safe means of arresting overruns than EMAS.
Until the EMAS is established, the FAA will not authorize needed repairs to Runway 6/24 and has requested that BDR close the runway to Part 139 aircraft. NBAA is uging members in Connecticut to contact their legislators and ask them to oppose the bill.
For information: http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/bdr