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Meeting to discuss jet noise control near Kennedy Airport

A file photo of JFK airport. (Jan. 26,

A file photo of JFK airport. (Jan. 26, 2012) Credit: Craig Ruttle

The Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee will host a community meeting Monday to discuss ways to control jet noise in communities near Kennedy Airport.

Edward C. Knoesel, manager of environmental services for the Aviation Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is expected to be the guest speaker.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in Malverne Village Hall, 99 Church St.

Members of the 40-year-old committee have called for equitable distribution of flights on to the airport’s eight runway approaches, a ban on low-flying planes and a reduction of late-night flights as a way to reduce aircraft noise.

The committee represents nearly 145,000 people living in communities in Hempstead and North Hempstead Town.

FAA officials have said runway usage is determined by many factors, including wind direction, weather conditions, construction projects and noise abatement procedures.

At the last meeting in April, the Eastern Region Helicopter Council unveiled its 2012 mitigation plan that calls for helicopters to use different routes over land and Long Island Sound in an effort to decrease noise levels in the Great Neck, Port Washington and Glen Cove areas.

Council officials had said they want to start the plan by Memorial Day, when tourist season on the East End starts and helicopter flights to places such as the Hamptons increase.

But the Federal Aviation Administration is developing rules to require helicopters over Long Island to fly entirely offshore starting July 4.

For more information about the meeting, visit Garden City’s website at quietovergc.com or North Hempstead’s website at quietskies.net.

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