ALERT:  FAA Public Meeting on Helicopters on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Riverhead

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.
at Riverhead Middle School, 600 Harrison Avenue in Riverhead.

If you are fed up with helicopter noise you must attend this meeting and comment.
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened a 60-day public comment period on the North Shore helicopter route rule, as part of the FAA reauthorization bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on Oct. 5.  The law requires the FAA to assess the rule with community input.  There is no word yet on a public hearing, but the FAA will hold a public meeting in a “workshop format” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverhead Middle School, 600 Harrison Avenue in Riverhead.
The FAA will have stations covering relevant aspects of the North Shore Helicopter Route, each staffed by an expert who will answer questions.  There will also be a station where the public can submit written statements for the record.  The FAA is inviting responses to the following questions:
  • Has the rule resulted in more or less helicopter noise in your community compared to levels you experienced before the rule?
  • How and when do helicopter operators deviate from the rule?
  • Are there alternative routes that you believe will reduce the noise impacts?
  • Should the rule be extended, modified, or allowed to expire in 2020?

If you cannot attend this meeting comments can be submitted:

  •  Online by clicking here
  • or by mail to: Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001
  • or by fax to (202) 493-2251. Be sure to reference Docket No. FAA-2018-0954.
Note: all comments are due by January 2

Helicopter Route over the Orient East Marion Causeway and what you can do

Wherever the helicopters fly there will be widespread noise pollution, air and water pollution, diminished quality of life, lower property values, and safety risk for residents.

The use of the Causeway as a transition route for the Twin Engine Helicopters is a cynical plan by the Eastern Region Helicopter Council to route helicopters away from “south of the highway” Hamptons and Shelter Island residents and over the least populous area of the North Fork.  They are betting that the small number of homeowners on the Causeway won’t be able to match the absolute number of complaints logged over the past few years when they transitioned almost exclusively over Mattituck Inlet.

Orient and East Marion residents can do two things.  First email Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand and Congressman Zeldin and ask them not to extend the North Shore Route which “sunsets” this August.  Request that a mandatory South Shore Route be implemented for Hamptons bound aviation.  Why should the North Fork be treated as “flyover country” and get stuck with all the negatives associated with helicopters and seaplanes?  The North Fork must work to get as many helicopters as possible flying over the Atlantic to Hamptons airports.

Secondly take notes on the time and direction of when helicopters fly over and log daily complaints by phone or email.  You can call and list the all flights at the end of each day and send an e-mail to with the list.  It is crucial that we work with friends and neighbors to log as many complaints as possible and it is equally important that complaints come from as many distinct households as possible.  Should complaint numbers drop this summer, the Aviation Industry will claim they’ve solved the noise issue and Orient/East Marion residents will be stuck with this plague going forward.

Helicopter Contacts

Please contact the following representatives to let them know how helicopter noise affects your quality of life and what they plan to do about it.

Congressman Lee Zeldin
631 289-1097 ask for Kevin Dowling

Senator Chuck Schumer
631 753-0978 ask for Kyle Strober

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
631 249-2825 ask for Deborah Tinnirello

East Hampton/Plane Noise Complaint Line
800 376 4817