U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Tim Bishop urged the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) last week to move forward with all efforts that would curb helicopter noise along the South Shore of Long Island, over northern Nassau County and past the North Fork, now that a federal court has upheld the FAA’s authority to require helicopters follow a prescribed route over the water.
For years, Schumer and Bishop have worked with officials at the FAA, New York metropolitan area helicopter operators and airport managers from Nassau and Suffolk Counties to establish solutions to eradicate onerous helicopter noise.
In 2012, Schumer successfully pushed the FAA to establish the “North Shore Route,” between Huntington and Orient Point. In response, an association of helicopter pilots filed suit, challenging the FAA’s authority to do so. Last week, a federal court rejected their challenge and ruled that the FAA had authority to regulate this route.
In light of this decision, Schumer and Bishop today called on the FAA to move forward with plans to extend the over-the-water helicopter route to the South Shore of Long Island and extend it past the North Fork.
“Now that it’s clear that the FAA has the authority to protect Long Islanders from the incessant and often deafening drone of low-flying helicopters, the FAA should move forward with over-the-water routes for the South Shore of Long Island and as well past the North Fork,” said Schumer. “While it is good news that the fate of the ‘North Shore Route’ is now set in stone, the FAA should make sure that all residents living on the South and North Shores have the same relief as those between Huntington and Orient Point. With summer already underway, the FAA should step up to the plate and renew their efforts to move forward with these much-needed over-the-water helicopter routes.”
“The court’s ruling clears the way for new, stronger efforts to protect the residents of Eastern Long Island from helicopter noise,” said Congressman Bishop. “There is now no reason for the FAA to delay implementing new mandatory over-water routes that will better protect property owners’ right to quiet enjoyment, and I will continue pushing with Senator Schumer to provide relief for our neighbors who have suffered too long from this preventable problem.”
Last week Schumer and Bishop urged the FAA to move forward with a similar South Shore route as well as an over-the-water helicopter route over the Nassau north shore and past the North Fork. Schumer and Bishop explained that, with the federal court’s recent decision giving the FAA the authority to issue these regulations, the FAA should renew efforts for these over-the-water routes on Long Island.