How to place
aircraft noise complaints
Complaints are essential to our struggle.
Without noise or safety complaints,
airport proponents will continue disinformation campaigns, claiming only a few households complain.
to Town of East Hampton:
You should receive an acknowledgement for each complaint.
A subscription is required to file noise complaints, but it is easy to use--if you purchase the button at a small fee. You will receive an acknowledgement of your complaint.
Please make sure the aircraft is headed to or from KHTO before pressing complaint. Many people feel this is the easiest way to file complaints.
This non-profit site tracks aircraft in our area and accepts noise complaints. It can be downloaded to mobile devices; instructions are provided on site.
Air Noise Report is operated independently, free of charge to the community or Towns, and is not controlled by groups with aviation interests.
It does, however, often experience technical glitches.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The FAA link explains how to report complaints. However, is is unlikely the FAA will respond to noise complaints. The FAA does take note of dangerous flying.
Noise Ombudsman (202) 267-3521, leave voicemail or
These messages can be efficiently distributed to the appropriate subject matter experts to address your concern. (FAA: Sep 30, 2020).
Our experience has been that the FAA remains consistently unresponsive to concerns about noise from residents.
PLACE NOISE COMPLAINTS RE SOUTHAMPTON HELIPAD
Mayor: Jesse Warren
The helipad is owned and managed by the Village of Southampton. Address complaints to:
The Village Board
and email to
We monitor flight tracking sites but most of those these sites do not accept noise complaints. Experiment to find the site that works best for you. The nearer you are located to KHTO, the lower you should set the altitude filter in order to block flights unlikely to be traveling to/from KHTO.
Air Noise Report.com can be used to track flights in our area as well as to file complaints. It has the cleanest graphic, and icons of aircraft approaching or departing KHTO are very clear. Other sites show far more aircraft, over a wider area, many at far higher altitude, which are not flying to/from East Hampton.
Who to call
about dangerous flying
One of the most irresponsible statements we've read this year was a social media post by a leader of the local pilots association, suggesting residents contact her to report incidents or concerns about dangerous flights over Sag Harbor.
The competence and authority for action lies with the Airport Manager, Town of East Hampton, not the local pilots.
Be safe, not sorry.
If you witness what appears to be dangerous flying, or at very low altitude over homes, or aircraft approaching on the same path at similar altitude, or any other concern about aircraft in the area, the person to contact locally is
James Brundige, East Hampton Airport Manager,
631-537-1130 x 5.