East Hampton must protect
our communities from
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. 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, usually from aircraft flying the November route (previously known as the Power Line or Jessups Neck route).
East Hampton residents in the vicinity of the airport, are under constant assault as aircraft approach and depart at low altitude above their homes. Most are impacted by aircraft on the Sierra route or Echo departure 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 on the riversides 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.
Approach and departure routes
can change at any time.
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 and screenshots of arrivals and departures attest.
We are not aware of any new transition routes for 2021.
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".
Residents who suffer most from low-altitude flights to KHTO live beneath or near one of the three approach and departure transition routes, named November, Sierra and Echo.
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 has been concentrated over "red-lined" areas under the November route with transition commencing at the Shinnecock Inlet.
However, when transitioning from the SSR 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 nowhere near KHTO and who have disproportionately borne the brunt of KHTO's noise and pollution for two decades.