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Officials to discuss future of Republic Airport

Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, otherwise known as

Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, otherwise known as "Long Island's Executive Airport", is where dozens of private airplanes and jets take off every day. It was established in 1965 and spans 526 acres of land. (July 5, 2011) Credit: Alexi Knock

Republic Airport officials announced Thursday they will hold an open house to discuss the future of the airport, the state’s busiest for general aviation.

The Aug. 10 event, scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. in the main terminal, is part of a “vision plan” for airport development that is intended to incorporate the concerns of business, aviation and civic groups.

The vision plan, which officials have said is months from completion, is meant to be a more flexible alternative to a master plan, allowing for adjustment for unexpected events and economic factors.

“Visioning is a core component of our effort designed to be a 'road map' for the airport to follow that incorporates government policies and procedures and comprehensive public involvement,” state Department of Transportation Regional Director Subi Chakraborti said in a statement.

Some residents who live near the airport have expressed concern that the visioning plan will lead to a busier — and noisier — neighbor, especially if jet traffic increases.

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