East Hampton Town must
protect our communities
from KHTO pollution
Residents of Long Island, New York City,
Queens, New Jersey and Connecticut
are impacted by short-haul air taxis
as well as charter flights to EH airport.
Courtesy of planefinder.net/, an online flight tracking service, illustrates tri-state area impacted by traffic to/from EH. Not all aircraft shown are traveling to/from KHTO.
The airport is located near Town Line, on the western flank of East Hampton, bordering Southampton Town. In addition to several East Hampton hamlets near the airport, communities in Towns of Southampton, Riverhead, Southold and on Shelter Island have been disproportionally impacted for over a decade by aircraft transitioning on approach or departure to KHTO from either the North Shore Route or the South Shore Route.
Helicopters operate out of NYC heliports located in downtown and midtown Manhattan. Seaplanes operate from NYC’s 23rd Street Skyport Marina. People living near the Financial District and near the East and Hudson rivers are disturbed by these aircraft, despite the considerable noise of New York City!
For the convenience of a few environmentally-insensitive individuals who won't take a Jitney, ride the train or drive to East Hampton, the aviation assault on thousands of noise-affected families continues unabated. Despite years of residents' pleas for help, most elected officials on Long Island and certainly those in Albany have been unresponsive.
The abuse will worsen if the Town of East Hampton fails to protect residents and continues to allow out-of-state corporations to profit from our misery and pollute our environment.
Arrival and departure routes
can change at any time.
Recommended flight routes to KHTO: above LIRR track from NYC, the FAA-designated North Shore Route (NSR), and the South Shore Route (SSR). The pilot in command of an aircraft may choose any route, all are voluntary.
Despite talk by Senator Schumer and other officials, the SSR is not an FAA-mandated route as is the NSR, although it makes little difference. The FAA and Sen. Schumer signed off on the NSR and SSR routes.
Since 2019, decision makers have basically red-lined certain hamlets (illustrated on the route map) which are burdened with a disproportionate amount of air traffic, while sheltering more affluent waterfront areas as screenshots of arrivals and departures attest.
Residents who suffer most from low-altitude flights to KHTO live beneath or near one of the three transition paths for approach and departure, named NOVEMBER, SIERRA AND ECHO.
We are not aware of any new transition paths for 2021 although the ECHO departure path has been extended beyond Orient Point, and is not shown on the route map above.
In July 2021, The Town of Southampton requested the Eastern Region Helicopter Council discontinue the NOVEMBER approach. An increasing number of Southampton residents have been badly impacted by the bulk of traffic arriving via the SSR which then transitions on approach to KHTO over the longest path over land and residences, that is NOVEMBER.
The current EH Town Board administration has advised they do not take decisions on routes. That decision each year--on which residential areas will be tormented and which will be sheltered--is made by the airport manager, the chief of the air traffic control tower at KHTO and agreed to by charter operators, although that agreement has proved meaningless as routes are voluntary. There are no penalties for not "flying neighborly".
East Hampton Village residents and those in nearby hamlets of Wainscott, Hardscrabble and Northwest also are very badly impacted by transitioning aircraft, at even lower altitudes, due to their proximity to the airport. Most aircraft accidents occur within a few miles of an airport, on approach or departure.
Since 2018, air traffic on approach has been concentrated over "red-lined" areas under NOVEMBER with transition from the SSR commencing at the Shinnecock Inlet.
However, when transitioning at the Inlet, many pilots do not fly to Peconic Bay (shown in yellow on map above), but fly a direct route over land (image below), flying daily over the same residences--to save time and fuel. They also take short cuts over land when transitioning from the NSR or LIRR route. The "red-lined" areas absorb the brunt of air traffic, often from both approaching and departing aircraft (screenshots document many such flights).
East Hampton must accept
responsibility for the impact its
toxic airport operations
inflict upon thousands of people,
most of whom live far from KHTO,
yet have disproportionately borne the
brunt of KHTO pollution for two decades.