The Federal Aviation Administration last week renewed for another two years a rule requiring helicopters using East Hampton Airport to fly over Long Island Sound on their way to and from New York.
The required flight route was put in place to reduce noise complaints from Long Island residents living under helicopter flght paths.
“Luckily for Long Island residents, the beginning of August will not also mean the return of onerous helicopter noise that once interrupted dinners, disrupted people enjoying their backyards and had an effect on quality of life and on property values,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in a press release. “The FAA’s and DOT’s decision to extend the successful over-the-water North Shore route before it expired is a smart one, and I applaud their decision.”
“I am pleased the FAA has announced its intention to extend the North Shore route in order to protect Suffolk County residents from helicopter noise as Senator Schumer and I have advocated,” said U.S. Representative Tim Bishop. “I thank the FAA for acting to protect homeowners, and it is my sincere hope that FAA will continue to review ways to minimize the reach of noise pollution.”
But the FAA stopped short of requiring helicopters to travel around Orient Point when flying to and from East Hampton Airport, as requested by the two officials, to reduce noise complaints from residents of the North Fork.
Pilots who don’t follow the flight rules can be fined or even have their license revoked.