Letter: North Shore copter route fazes some

A helicopter takes off from East Hampton Airport

A helicopter takes off from East Hampton Airport in Wainscott on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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It's gratifying to know that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) are pleased with the extension of the so-called North Shore route for helicopters flying to the Hamptons ["Helicopter flight path restrictions extended," News, June 21].

The cited 11,800 flights ferrying passengers from Manhattan to Wainscott, Westhampton and Southampton will continue to fly over the Long Island Sound, make a right turn at Mattituck and fly directly over my house in Cutchogue.

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I don't understand why the $400-or-so flights can't either continue out past Orient or, even better, why the South Fork trips can't fly a southern route over the ocean.

I invite Schumer and Bishop to spent a Sunday afternoon sipping good North Fork wine on my deck and help us count the choppers buzzing overhead.

Jack Barthel, Cutchogue

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