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Helicopters To Alter Routes To Reduce Noise On Long Island’s East End

Fewer Complaints Expected This Year
A helicopter in the sky (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

A helicopter in the sky (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The Hamptons is known for its beautiful beaches and wealth, and summertime helicopter noise. Some, however, hope a solution to the noise has been found.

East End residents will tell you that summertime helicopter noise is a real issue for them, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

“Yeah. It’s annoying. It’s definitely annoying when they come in they land at the heliport,” resident Peter Cole told Xirinachs, adding his house even shakes. “It’s loud, very loud.”

But now helicopter pilots have agreed to alter their flight routes to keep them over bodies of water whenever possible.

They’ll also depart and approach East Hampton Airport at a higher altitude, up to 3,500 feet if possible.

While the new flight patterns should help lessen the noise problem, one resident believes it is really more of a jealousy issue.

“It is just probably a lot of people who are jealous as far as I’m concerned,” the unnamed resident told Xirinachs. “[They wish they had a helicopter] to beat the traffic.”

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