Why should I care about aircraft noise? I never hear it.
Aircraft noise affects thousands of residents in an area extending over 20 square
miles. The noise nuisance is not limited only to those living near East Hampton
Airport. Aircraft noise has dramatically increased over formerly peaceful
neighborhoods located far from the airport, such as North Sea, Noyac, and
North Haven as well as Shelter Island and the North Fork. Increased noise
levels will shortly be heard in formerly unaffected areas, like Georgica, when
the southern flight route goes into effect. It appears this could be as early as
Why is it important to call the Noise Complaint Hotline?
In order for any noise mitigation program to be adopted, the review protocols
under general environmental and aviation laws require data to demonstrate a
noise problem. QSC recognizes this as a flawed concept, but it is the only
tool available to us. Recorded noise complaints identify the area, altitude, time
of day and type of aircraft creating the noise. These data also give airport
personnel the opportunity to review the flight with the aircraft owner. Without
a complaint, no such approach is possible.
What happens to my complaints when I call the Noise Complaint
The East Hampton Airport Noise Complaint “Hotline” consistently records
thousands of noise complaints each year. The recorded complaints are
supposed to be provided annually to the FAA.
What impact will the new seasonal control tower have on noise
The mobile seasonal control tower is actually a trailer that can be moved to
different locations. This is planned to become operational in 2012 and will
operate from May to October from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Phone conversation with
Airport Manager, Jim Brundige, 10 February 2012). However, re-routing traffic
only moves noise impacts to different neighborhoods. The control tower cannot
reduce noise caused by air traffic.
QUIET SKIES COALITION PO Box 956 Wainscott, NY 11975
|“Calling noise a
nuisance is like calling
smog an inconvenience.
Noise must be considered
a hazard to the health
of people everywhere.”
Former U.S. Surgeon General
William H. Stewart, 1978