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Letters: Copters, planes make noisy skies

A helicopter takes off from East Hampton Airport

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

I read with interest "Keep copters over water: pols" [News, May 28], regarding helicopter traffic over the North Fork.

A law was put into place in 2012 saying that eastbound pilots must stay at least a mile offshore, over the Long Island Sound, but it has been ignored by many pilots. I understand that going all the way around Plum Island adds time to the flight and uses more fuel. Too bad! If people can afford to fly to the Hamptons from New York City, they can pay the extra fuel cost.

The noise last weekend was constant from Thursday through Tuesday. I live within walking distance to Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport. I invite every pilot to sit in my backyard on any given weekend. I'll even throw some steaks on the grill. This weekend my house actually shook at one point.

Janice LoRusso, Jamesport

According to Newsday's map, the current route to the East Hampton Airport runs smack over our development. Helicopters should be flying out around Orient Point, but they are not, and they ruin our quiet enjoyment of our homes.

Jeffrey Smith, vice president of operations for the Eastern Regional Helicopter Council, vows to fight making the North Shore route permanent. This shows the arrogance of pilots. This could all be avoided if they used a little common sense and courtesy. An increase in fare would probably be unnoticed.

When I've complained, I've been told that they fly over houses when the weather is too bad to fly over water. They shouldn't be flying in bad weather. It's only a matter of time before one of them crashes into our homes.

John Watson, Southampton

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Bay View Oaks Association of homeowners.

Your article "Runway traffic spikes" [News, May 27] concludes that Floral Park and the communities lying in the glide path of runway 22L at Kennedy Airport are being overburdened by airplane noise. This implies that the other communities are unaffected, which is incorrect. South Shore communities near the airport are bombarded daily with an unconscionable amount of aircraft noise.

My village lies in the glide path of runway 31R. It received 49,637 arrivals last year. Arriving flights over Cedarhurst come as close as 450 feet. Woodmere, Lawrence and Woodsburgh are in the same position.

The Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee has been meeting with airport officials for years to rebalance runway use so that each community takes a share of the burden. This hasn't been successful. Newsday's chart shows that some communities receive as little as 0.6 percent of flights, while others are being hit with more than 31 percent.

You leave your readers with the idea that the solution to the problem affecting our North Shore neighbors is to shift flights away from runways 22R and 22L. If the regulators do that, those flights will undoubtedly go south to runways 31R and 31L, increasing our burden.

Placating one community to the detriment of another community is not a solution.

Benjamin Weinstock, Cedarhurst

Editor's note: The writer is the deputy mayor of the village.