10/01/14 12:00pm
10/01/2014 12:00 PM
Dozens of Southold residents gathered to learn about the town's new ad hoc civic committee.  (Cyndi Murray photo)

More than dozen of Southold residents gathered to learn about the town’s new ad hoc civic committee. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Hands shot up from the audience when Southold Supervisor Scott Russell asked for volunteers to join the town’s newly formed citizens advisory committee to combat helicopter noise.  (more…)

09/11/14 5:00am
09/11/2014 5:00 AM

To the editor: 

We’ve heard that flying around Orient Point and across Gardiners Bay would add 60 miles to a commuter helicopter trip. In our Hagstrom map, it appears the distances from the East River to Mattituck Inlet to East Hampton Airport amounts to about 90 miles. From East River to Mattituck Inlet to Orient Point to East Hampton Airport, it’s approximately 111 miles.  (more…)

09/06/14 8:00am
09/06/2014 8:00 AM
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)

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…)

09/02/14 3:09pm

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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…)

08/30/14 8:00am
08/30/2014 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 12:41pm
08/28/2014 12:41 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…)