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Oct 6, 2017 10:12 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town Board Votes To Proceed With FAA Application To Restrict Aircraft

The East Hampton Airport.  PRESS FILE
Oct 10, 2017 11:29 AM

The East Hampton Town Board will go forward with an application to the Federal Aviation Administration to request restrictions on flights at the East Hampton Airport.

At a Town Board meeting on Thursday, October 5, four of the five board members—Councilman Fred Overton was not present but had previously expressed his support—moved to authorize attorneys and town officials to prepare a Part 161 application. That refers to a provision in the Airport Noise and Capacity Act that allows some municipalities to apply to restrict aircraft traffic to limit the effects of noise on residents.

The application, which will take an estimated three to five years, will require extensive analysis of airport traffic and noise as well as of how flight restrictions at the Wainscott airport could affect aviation-related businesses, and an exploration of alternatives to imposing restrictions.

Attorney Bill O’Connor of the Morrison Foerster law firm has said it will cost an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million to complete the survey and noise analysis, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the Town Board’s point person on airport matters, said after the meeting. The cost will be covered by airport revenues.

The next step will be for the town to issue a request for proposals to hire an economic consultant, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said. Town officials will continue to seek community input on precisely what restrictions the town would seek.

“We’ll be engaging the community to determine what restrictions to look at,” she said. “We’ll be engaging all of our stakeholders.”

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How many of the complaining neighbors pre-existed the airport?

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 6, 17 11:47 AM
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The excessive noise from loud choppers, many of them flown by out-of-town commercial charter companies, affects the entire East End AND North Shore of LI, so "picking on" the nearby neighbors is both myopic and ill-informed IMO.

The goal of the FAA Part 161 study would be in part to impose nighttime flight curfews, and other reasonable limits on LOUD aircraft, which do not respect our right to live part of each day in peace and quiet.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 6, 17 3:12 PM
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Thank you EHTB for wasting MORE of our time and money.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Oct 6, 17 11:49 AM
So you are in favor of closing the airport, if that is only effective way of dealing with the excessive noise?

When polluters have to be forced to stop polluting, who else is going to pay the costs of enforcement, other than our government, which is "of the people, by the people, and for the people?"

If the local pilots had supported the EH Town Board a decade ago, in dealing with the growing noise problems, the issues could have been dealt with harmoniously.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 6, 17 3:20 PM
What a load of hooey! Local pilots are the ones that told the town in a written recommendation back in 2014 that the proposed restrictions and method of imposing those restrictions was illegal and would be struck down by the court, and we specifically recommended doing the part 161 instead. We warned them that if they listened to PBR and his fellow ant-airport faction they would waste millions of dollars and lose. Instead we were ignored. WE HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED a reasonable nighttime curfew system ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Oct 7, 17 2:14 PM
So 4 million and counting higher, to do what the FAA would have paid 90% of !!!!!!
By Obserever (40), Southnampton on Oct 7, 17 8:16 AM
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The FAA would pay for lots of things so the local taxpayers won't, but this Town Board wont use any of these freely available funds. The town attorney point blank said it was so the town can close the airport in 2021. Taking money from the FAA won't affect the town's ability to put noise restrictions in place or engage in ways to mitigate aircraft noise in any way - the only thing it does is prevent the town from closing the airport. So it can't be any more clear that the real reason the Town Board ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Oct 7, 17 2:22 PM
So 4 million and counting higher, to do what the FAA would have paid 90% of !!!!!!
By Obserever (40), Southnampton on Oct 7, 17 8:17 AM
Thats Great news however its unfortunate that it has to be so lengthy and expensive. If the out of town commercial operators would only be more cooperative and good citizens there would be no need for this. Fly slower and fly higher and the sound diminishes greatly. Slow to 80 knots and climb to 3500 at the Northville Tanks...But alass fast and low exceptionally noisey ruining the quiet use and enjoyment over hundreds and hundreds of resident homeowners who don't even live near the airport but are ...more
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Oct 9, 17 8:15 AM