New Rules To Reduce Helicopter Noise Between L.I. And Manhattan

NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NY (CBSNewYork) – A long-standing noise complaint can now go quietly.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

It has been a problem over the heads of residents in the town of North Hempstead, Long Island for years.

Town supervisor Jon Kaiman describes what it has been like to hear the helicopters’ non-stop noise as pilots fly to and from the Hamptons in the summer.

“It’s a constant distraction and it gets on, I guess what someone might say, your last nerve,” Kaiman told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “You know, you wake up at 4 in the morning and then hear this helicopter and then you hear another one and you can’t get back to sleep.”

Sen. Charles Schumer said that new FAA rules will soon be in effect that will mandate the helicopters fly over the water, not over land – something that angers Jeff Smith from the Eastern Region Helicopter Council.

“We are not against the plan, necessarily, to fly over the water. What we’re against is a mandatory route. Mandatory routes, all it does is exasperate the noise issue. It doesn’t fix it,” he said.

He wants the flight paths to be voluntary, not mandatory.

He also spoke of safety issues.

“I don’t really necessarily want to go whether it’s unsafe or not, but I’ll let everybody draw their own opinions,” said Smith.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Jimmy

    The helicopters don’t bother me. I live along the route. You’d think these people lived under LaGuardia like I did. They should see what that’s like. I like the seaplanes better anyway.

  • mike from port jeff

    I listen to helicopter after helicopter after helicopter in my backyard in Port Jeff Station over the summer. I absolutely approve of Senator Schumer’s legislation. While the helicopter pilots and passengers sit in there cabins, they noise is overwhelming on the ground time and time and time again. They should be made to fly miles off the coast to avoid noise pollution on the ground. If it costs more, charge more.

  • Kevin

    helicoptors are noise pollution…a pure nuisance….would love to wake up the people who pilot and take these like they wake us up from deep sleep early in the morning

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