Log Your Helo, Plane Noise Complaints Here

Residents of the North Fork and Riverhead are invited to tell us when helicopter traffic to East Hampton Airport disrupts them this holiday weekend.

Distress over noise, particularly from helicopters flying to and from , has reached a fever pitch this summer.

over the eastern end of Riverhead and the western end of Southold have made the months of July and August unbearable, some residents say. We know residents on the airport's hotline number and have in recent weeks, but we'd like to hear from you here.

But for those of us who live away from these routes, it can sometimes be difficult to comprehend the volume and the noise level. So, this Labor Day weekend — starting Friday and ending Monday evening — we invite readers who live with the noise to tell us about it.

Leave a comment below logging the time of the noise, the type of aircraft (helicopter, jet, etc.), where you are located and describe the noise. Also please include whether the aircraft is headed to or from the airport. Any additional information available is welcome.

We want to get a sense of what it is like for you during a busy weekend. We ask that you leave one comment per noise complaint and preferably only one person per household leave the comment, though feel free to tell us how many people in your house are impacted by the noise.

Thanks for taking part in this little experiment.

Live on the South Fork and can't take the noise?

DMF September 01, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I cannot believe that town officials have let this problem get this far. Anyone who has witnessed the level and frequency of noise created by these commuter helicopters is appalled.
the owl September 01, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Interesting that the Patch has decided to do this. Seems like a good idea, but there are so many numbers already to cal: EH airport has two, there is a new one by Congressman Bishop's office, I think the ERHC also has one......problem is: the EH airport numbers are being tallied by the man whois the spokesperson for the Regional helicopter Council (duh!!!!), must don't trust that data. Why would they. Bishop's lineis new, only about a week or so old, so missed all the problems all season. And who would call the Helicpter Council and expect to get any action. this attempt by the press is good, but probably too late now to have any impact on this issue.
SadderBudweiser September 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
We really don't need another place to complain. We need elected officials with character and guts. FAA out of East Hampton Airport.
joe insider September 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Town Officials? I thought the FAA was a FEDERAL agency. Wouldn't that make this a problem that our two Senators and one congressman can't, or won't, solve????
Michael Hampson September 07, 2012 at 03:12 AM
The Helicopter Haters Club don't understand the most pressing moral issue at stake. In 2010 alone, there were over 32,000 people killed in car accidents in the United States. Worldwide, in 2010, there were 222 people who died in helicopter accidents. Based on these numbers alone, the argument that helicopter noise is the immediate moral issue, is not compelling. The immediate issue is the horrific reality that our roads are death traps which annually harm the well being of thousands and thousands of human beings. When the charter members of Helicopter Haters Club reduce the number of car deaths worldwide, to under 500 per year, then let's discuss the claim that helicopter noise is a pressing moral issue. Further, there are a number of Rotorcraft Centers of Excellence in the USA and Europe. Of course, no members of the Helicopter Haters Club will admit that the advancements in helicopter engine and rotorblade technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last seventy years. Also, no member of the Helicopter Haters Club will admit that new advancements for better rotorblade technology (quieter blades, less shaky, more efficient) are begin developed as I type this comment.


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