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05/28/19 4:30pm


Concerns about helicopter noise are mounting after a new luxury helicopter service announced plans to shuttle passengers between Manhattan and East Hampton.

Wheels Up, a company that allows members to book private aircraft, has partnered with HeliFlite, a helicopter charter service, to offer 40-minute flights from Manhattan to East Hampton Airport in Wainscott on Fridays beginning in mid-June. (more…)

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11/30/18 2:00pm

Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) speaking at a gathering November 28 in Jamesport of East End officials demanding action from the federal government on helicopter noise.

After a Federal Aviation Administration “workshop” held in Riverhead on November 14 left residents and elected officials alike dissatisfied, East End officials, including Councilman Jim Colligan, gathered at Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport on November 28 to demand the FAA hold a proper public hearing on the matter. (more…)

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10/25/17 8:52am
COURTESY PHOTO New York State has given East Hampton a voice in future FAA grants on its airport use.

New York State has given East Hampton a voice in future FAA grants on its airport use.

Thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the East Hampton Town Board and voters are assured they will have a voice in any future Federal Aviation Administrations grants. (more…)

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06/27/17 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

The long shot didn’t pay off.

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear the Town of East Hampton’s petition to overrule a lower court’s decision that the town had no right to restrict access into and out of its airport by helicopters and other so called “noisy” aircraft.

In November, when East Hampton filed the petition, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the Town Board’s liaison to the airport, said it would be an “uphill fight,” but one worth pursuing.
Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty — a strong advocate of local control of the East Hampton-owned airport — had characterized the move as a “long shot” and as “going to reach for the gold ring … maybe the court might toss out federal regulation and go for home rule.”

But it wasn’t to be. (more…)

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06/05/17 12:00pm


Elected leaders say they aren’t giving up their fight against helicopter noise despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision last month to reject a petition by Southold Town requesting that the controversial North Shore route be reconsidered.

Southold argues in its petition that the FAA did not give the town its right of notice and opportunity to be heard before extending the route to August 6, 2020 and requested it mandate a South Shore route for flights to and from the South Fork. (more…)