A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)
Battle lines have been drawn by the Town of East Hampton in the war over excessive helicopter noise plaguing East End residents, especially those on the North Fork, Shelter Island and around the airport.
The board has crafted a local law to take control of the town’s airport and put significant restrictions on aircraft traffic.
The draft law, still subject to a public hearing and a vote, was announced at an East Hampton Town Board work session Wednesday and would:
• ban all helicopters on weekends during the summer season; (more…)
Aircraft at the East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/East Hampton Press)
In the quiet of winter, big legal guns have opened fire, joining the controversy over excessive helicopter traffic and noise over the the North and South forks. (more…)
At long last an East Hampton Town Board is moving on a situation — commercial helicopters, flying low and loud between Manhattan and East Hampton -— that has plagued residents of the North Fork and Shelter Island. (more…)
Helicopter traffic at East Hampton Airport cannot be curtailed at the moment, since the FAA contributed money toward infrastructure improvements there, and FAA rules prohibit any discrimination against certain types of aircraft. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press)
Joe Werkmeister’s column last week seemingly downplaying the impact of helicopter noise on the North Fork was an interesting take on the subject. I’m sure that he’s not the only person in town who doesn’t understand the impact helicopter noise can have on the neighborhoods directly under the flight path. (more…)
Before last week’s packed public aircraft noise meeting in Wainscott, a smaller group of public officials met with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration in Riverhead.
As with previous encounters with the FAA, nothing much was accomplished, according to those who attended the meeting. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)