New Flight Patterns Sending More Commercial Jets Over Nassau County

Residents Furious, Do Not Agree With FAA's Prediction Of 'Minimal' Noise

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It is the most extensive reshaping of East Coast flight patterns in decades.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday it is now rerouting 200 planes a day. Instead of flying south to go west, these jets will now fly north — over Long Island’s “Gold Coast” — and residents are crying foul.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Engineer Leonard Schaier of Port Washington is an expert on airplane noise. He measures decibels and analyzes sound on basement computers, radios, scanners and flight path monitors.

He showed CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan his backyard invention and recorded his wife inside their home as aircraft passed overhead.

“He’s right literally over my house at 1,500 feet making a racket,” Schaier said.

Now Schaier says he has a lot more noise to worry about. As many 200 western-bound planes a day will fly over Nassau County’s North Shore communities. This as the FAA changes flight paths out of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“‘Citizens for quiet skies over North Hempstead,’” Schaier said. “I’m not suggesting that we stop planes or helicopters, but there has to be some judgment so that we spread out the pain.”

The FAA said the redesign will allow for more efficient use of airspace and cut flight delays plaguing New York airspace, adding most of the aircraft flying north will be 5,000 to 10,000 feet in the air.

“That will largely be true if they take off as fast as they say they’re going to take off from Kennedy,” Schaier told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “What I’m concerned about is that the new patterns will force the helicopters to fly lower which will make the noise even worse.”

Bridget Forde of New Hyde Park said her family hears planes at 5,000 feet.

“So many planes fly over all the time, so noisy. You’re inclined to go deaf at this stage,” Forde said.

Under the new routes planes will fly east and then north across Nassau. Previously, those planes going west turned south over the water and crossed central New Jersey. The FAA says noise level increases will be minimal.

But some residents are skeptical.

“Wakes you up at midnight, wakes you at 3 o’clock in the morning,” North Hempstead homeowner Warren Lappin said.

The FAA hopes that by 2012 the new route changes will save $7 billion to $9 billion in flight delay costs.

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  • Diane McCarrick

    I live in New HyI de Park. We have always had a flight pattern above our house, but was alternated every day or two which gave us some relief. Since this new flight pattern has been implemented, I have had non stop aircraft ( every 2 minutes) overhead every day, all day, from 5:45 am till the time I go to bed at 11 pm. I can NOT live with THIS!

  • VY

    Everyone in Nassau County wants the quck access having JFK and LGA so close by, and they all want every flight to run exactly on time.
    But the also want those planesto take off and land over anyone elses neighborhood, but not theirs.
    The FAA spread out the flight patterns to move the flight traffic to and from EWK, LGA and JFK away from each other to create less delays for everybody.
    But Nassau residents feel that because they pay outragously over bloated real estate taxes because of multple layers of redundent adminstrations for each tiny village, and multple layers of redundent adminstrations for each tiny school district, they have the right to demand special treatment from everyone else.

  • The Realist

    “I’m not suggesting that we stop planes or helicopters, but there has to be some judgment so that we spread out the pain.”

    The Feds ARE spreading out the pain. These folks just want it to be spread to somebody else.

  • Nadine

    I live in Rosedale Queens and it hard to sleep at night. Between takeoff and landing, we are in the flight path almost every day from JFK.

    • Lawn-Guy Land

      You CONSCIOUSLY CHOSE to live in a neighborhood that’s NEXT TO AN AIRPORT, and now you complain about the noise?

      • Concrete-Guy Land

        The point was that they CHANGED the flight plan AFTER she CONSCIOUSLY CHOSE to live in the neighborhood. Do you NOT UNDERSTAND timeline??

        • Lawn-Guy Land

          Do you even know where Rosedale is? It’s immediately east of JFK Airport, and it has been “flight-path alley” since the late 1940’s. Landing gear is always visible and engines are always audible. “Nadine” and her neighbors knew that BEFORE they CONSCIOUSLY CHOSE to live there.

    • rikki

      NAAAAdine YOU couldnt AFFORD to buy a house in a quiet nabe…..

      face it…you should have been a RENTER in Astoria if you wanted quiet.

      • rere

        LOL.. sounds more like the other way around. You can’t AFFORD to BUY a place.

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