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The East Hampton Town Board’s effort to restrict helicopters and other so-called “noisy” aircraft into and out of its airport was dealt a serious blow by a federal appeals court on Friday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) in Manhattan, voted 3-0 on Friday to reverse the lower court’s decision, and said the town had no right to impose the restrictions. (more…)
“Yet another summer of unrelenting, health-threatening aircraft noise?”
That was the heading of a statement from the Quiet Skies Coalition as Long Island’s biggest contributor to noise pollution ratcheted up again — helicopter traffic in and out of East Hampton’s airport. (more…)
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Strategies are forming to end excessive aircraft noise. One South Fork advocate is calling for a political solution.
There are different opinions about summer helicopter traffic over the Island and other East End communities, but almost everyone is in agreement on one point — they’re all hopping mad.
Everyone, that is, except those who charter the helicopters to take them from New York City and Westchester County to the East Hampton Airport at the beginning of summer weekends and buzz them home on Sunday evenings, nights and Monday mornings. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO| The number of complaints about aircraft noise is up dramatically this summer over last.
If you think roaring helicopters and buzzing planes are making your life more miserable this summer than last, you’re right.
Last summer, from July 1 to July 28, the East Hampton Airport booked 54 noise complaints from Shelter Island residents. In the same period this summer, that number spiked to 810 complaints. (more…)
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At Tuesday’s Town Board work session Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty said there was good news and bad news on helicopter routes over or around the Island this summer.
The good news was that he had heard from Jeff Smith, head of the Eastern Regional Helicopter Council. Mr. Smith said that although there’s no agreement on routes that fly from New York City to the South Fork for this year, as it stands now the routes would remain the same as last year when most flights didn’t buzz the Island.
The bad news, or “nervous news,” as Mr. Dougherty termed it, is “there are so many head fakes in these helicopter negotiations we have no idea if this is the first step in a pre-arranged plan.”
In short, Mr. Dougherty said, “we don’t have an agreement.” He was hopeful there would be an update by next week.