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Letters: Noisy Hamptons flights

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 have a solution to the assault on the quality of life for North Shore and South Shore residents from helicopter traffic ["Residents speak out on copter noise," News, Aug. 12].

Although most reportage focuses on the North Shore, we on the South Shore deal with this, too -- in addition to JFK traffic.

1. Residents, get out your cellphones and record offending noncompliant helicopters and aircraft, including any not flying at least one mile offshore. The aircraft number is clearly marked on each aircraft.

2. Nassau and Suffolk counties should issue tickets for each violation -- let's say $3,500, because that is the quoted airfare for these trips. Both counties could use the money.

3. During heavy air traffic, when helicopters must wait to land, have a holding pattern designated closest to the least populated -- and most exclusive -- areas of the Hamptons.

Pamela Burke, East Atlantic Beach

On the North Fork, the air traffic is constant, almost every two minutes overhead. It starts before 7 a.m. and continues until after 11 p.m., seven days a week from July through October.

Wealthy people in the Hamptons do not come to the North Fork to spend their millions. If you do not live here, you have no idea what it's like to deal with the noise, not to mention the pollution.

This has got to stop. It is a David-and-Goliath thing, the rich and powerful beating on the middle class. Guess what: We pay high taxes, too.

Janice LoRusso, Jamesport

Helicopter traffic is becoming a big problem over Nassau County's inner South Shore. Every Friday afternoon since late spring, the barrage of "Hamptons copters" streaks eastward above my house. Sunday afternoons, the pounding sound of propellers returns, heading back to the city.

Previously, the helicopters would fly along the coast, but now the lanes seem to follow an inland route. Why should my neighbors and I endure all the noise?

Paulie Briggs, Wantagh