Who is impacted by East Hampton's troublesome airport
In addition to residents living on the North and South Forks and on Shelter Island, residents as far away as New York City, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Connecticut are also impacted by short-haul air taxis serving East Hampton Airport.
Communities the length of Long Island suffer most from the noise and pollution of East Hampton air operations, i.e. Amityville, Bayshore, Commack, East Setauket, Lloyd's Neck, Old Westbury, Roslyn, Port Washington, Shirley, Whitestone...the list goes on. The most popular destination on the East End for commuter helicopters and seaplane air taxis is JPX--East Hampton's noisy, polluting town-owned airport.
Helicopter taxis operate out of NYC heliports located downtown and in midtown Manhattan. NYC’s 23rd Street Skyport Marina serves as base for an increasing number of seaplane taxis.
The FAA-sanctioned torture of thousands of families, for the convenience of a few selfish individuals, who won't take a Jitney or ride the Long Island Railroad for a short journey to the Hamptons, continues unabated despite years of residents' complaints to elected officials island-wide.
The image below, courtesy of https://planefinder.net/, one of several online flight tracking services, illustrates the tri-state area impacted by traffic traveling to and from JPX.
The aviation industry is intensely lobbying to change the technology public websites rely upon for flight tracking and/or to criminalize public dissemination of the data. If that happens, the aviation industry will get away with even more bad behavior than they do now. Lobby your representatives to ensure that the public retains access to such data.
The Town of East Hampton must do the right thing.
It is unconscionable that the Town of East Hampton takes no responsibility for the widespread impact its toxic airport operations inflict upon thousands who live nowhere near its airport and yet bear the brunt of the airport's noise and pollution.