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Aug 10, 2010 5:06 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Copter rules for Long Island Sound to be delayed

Aug 10, 2010 5:06 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration is delaying the implementation of new helicopter flight paths along the northern shore of Long Island. The rules had been set to take effect this month.

The FAA announced on Friday that it has received so many comments, more than 1,000 from residents and helicopter operators, that it will have to delay putting the new rules into effect until all the comments can be reviewed.

The proposed new rules, which require that helicopters traveling east from the New York City region to Eastern Long Island or beyond follow a path that takes them north out of the city and over Long Island Sound before turning east and that they stay at least a mile off the north shore of Long Island and at an altitude of at least 3,000 feet.

The proposed routes do not dictate what path helicopters must follow once they have turned inland to head for landing sites in Westhampton, Southampton and East Hampton.

Choppers headed for East Hampton Airport in particular have drawn the ire of residents in Noyac and neighborhoods surrounding the airport.

Voluntary rules agreed to in 2006 by the region’s biggest helicopters operators’ cooperative require that choppers maintain a height of 2,000 feet until they are over the airport property and follow routes that take them over water as much as possible and over the least populated areas of land.

Residents and officials have called for permanent, mandatory restrictions on local flight routes that disperse traffic so that only a handful of neighborhoods, no matter how lightly populated, do not absorb the brunt of the chopper noise.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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So long FAA. The Feds can't help us on the East End anyway. The only solution to the airport will be a local solution, hard fought either politically or in court.
By danrudan (40), Southampton on Aug 11, 10 1:14 PM
the local solution is to......DUMP BISHOP!
anyone who is in will be out come november.
By uncleronk (136), southold on Aug 11, 10 2:41 PM
Make them fly over the ocean to get to Westhampton and Southampton!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Aug 13, 10 9:25 AM
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By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Aug 13, 10 9:25 AM
SInce they didnt enact the rule North Sea is getting overflown by helicopters. This will only help th ecause to come up with a mandatory flight plan around Orient Pt from the north and in through Georgica pond fromt he south.
By North Sea Citizen (564), North Sea on Aug 20, 10 6:38 AM
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