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Meeting to discuss low-flying planes, jet noise near Kennedy

Aircraft land and take off at Kennedy Airport.

Aircraft land and take off at Kennedy Airport. Nearby neighborhoods in Nassau County are concerned with jet noise and low-flying planes. (Aug. 13, 2012) Credit: Uli Seit

The Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee will host a community meeting on Monday to discuss concerns about low-flying planes and ways to control jet noise in communities near Kennedy Airport.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St. in Hempstead Village. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have been invited to attend.

Guest speakers will be Ralph Tragale, assistant director of aviation for the Port Authority, and James Steven, manager of  the Kennedy Physical Plant and Redevelopment. They will speak about how construction projects at Kennedy Airport will impact runway usage and the surrounding communities.

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

Communities participating in the committee include Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, East Williston, Floral Park, Garden City, Hewlett Harbor, Inwood, Lawrence, Long Beach, Malverne, New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, Valley Stream, and Woodsburgh.

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

Photo: Aircraft landing and taking off at Kennedy Airport. (Aug. 13, 2012)

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