08/31/14 8:00am
08/31/2014 8:00 AM
A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period that night. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Three hours into an exhaustive stakeout to document the greatest threat to North Fork life — helicopter noise — I reached an inauspicious conclusion: On this night in Mattituck, the loudest noise was neither helicopter, seaplane, nor any other flying craft that pollutes our precious skies.  (more…)

08/28/14 12:42pm
08/28/2014 12:42 PM
Residents from East End communities packed a Wainscott TV studio for a special meeting on aircraft noise Wednesday evening. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

Residents from East End communities packed a Wainscott TV studio for a special meeting on aircraft noise Wednesday evening. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

Too low, too loud, too many.

That was the consensus from nearly 50 residents from East End communities who spoke at a packed public meeting Wednesday evening about a record number of aircraft — mostly helicopters — buzzing their homes this summer.  (more…)

08/16/14 10:00am
08/16/2014 10:00 AM
Teresa McCaskie, of Mattituck, called for the shut down of East Hampton airport if a solution to noise couldn't be reached. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Teresa McCaskie, of Mattituck, called for the shut down of East Hampton airport if a solution to noise couldn’t be reached. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

There’s much to love about the North Fork as a place to live and visit. Its close-knit communities, wineries and farms stands, forests, creeks and bays all quickly come to mind. Living in what sounds like a war zone isn’t on that list.  (more…)

08/14/14 1:00pm
More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Residents from three East End communities voted with their feet Monday and Tuesday, when more than 500 people attended three public meetings to stop low-flying aircraft from buzzing over their homes.

In Southold Monday night, 200 people chastised Federal Aviation Administration officials about the barrage of noise this summer — up more than 40 percent over last year, according to several reports. On Tuesday afternoon, the Shelter Island Town Board held a standing-room-only work session to hear audience members complain bitterly about the racket they’ve been forced to endure.  (more…)

08/12/14 10:21am
08/12/2014 10:21 AM
Teresa McCaskie, of Mattituck, called for the shut down of East Hampton airport if a solution to noise couldn't be reached. (Jennifer Gustavson photo)

Mattituck resident Teresa McCaskie talking with an FAA representative at Monday night’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Frustrated by years of incessant helicopter flights over their homes and summer homes, more than 200 citizens showed up at a forum Monday night in Southold to demand real solutions to what’s become a huge problem in the otherwise quiet hamlets that dot the North Fork: noise pollution.  (more…)

05/28/14 4:05pm
05/28/2014 4:05 PM

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A temporary Federal Aviation Administration requirement that helicopters fly over Long Island Sound rather than homes on the North Fork is set to expire on Aug. 6, according to Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). Mr. Bishop and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) are now working on a bill to make that requirement permanent and to also extend the area where helicopters must stay over the water.  (more…)

09/17/12 9:17am
09/17/2012 9:17 AM

To the Editor:

It’s apparent that many North Fork residents are still getting bombarded with various aircraft noise. The newest helicopter regulation approved in August simply pushed the helicopter flight pattern farther east.

All towns east of Manorville would be considered “transition” areas, which would permit pilots to cross to East Hampton Airport, the Southampton heliport and Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. This should have never been approved.

For years, North Fork residents have requested helicopter pilots to fly over the Sound and around Orient Point, or on the South Shore route. Due to FAA and JFK airspace regulations, the southern route is very limited. According to the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, one major helicopter company, Liberty Helicopters, has signed an agreement to use the South Shore route.

If one company is permitted to take that route, why can’t others? The North Fork cannot continue to be used for entry and exit points to the South Fork.

It is critical that residents contact their elected officials. Question why these helicopters have to fly over our schools. What is this doing to our environment?

Inquire as to why the county is not enforcing a 2009 law making it illegal to fly a helicopter “in a manner that creates a hazard or undue hardship for persons and property on the surface.” It carries a $1,000 fine for each violation.

To file complaints via the Web, please go to helicopternoise@mail.house.gov or call 537-loud (5683) or 1-800-376-4817. Details should include your name, address, town, phone number, date and time of occurrence, direction and any description of the aircraft. A tail number (NR#) is best.

If you get the tail number, go to faa.gov. There is a box on the opening page which reads “N-number inquiry.” All aircraft details will become available to you.

The FAA also has a noise complaint line at 718-553-3365, but those reports are not investigated or responded to. To file a complaint about an unsafe aircraft, call 755-1300. You can also join the Quiet Skies Coalition at quietskiescoalition.org. Federal aviation regulations can be found there.

Teresa McCaskie, Mattituck