As of end November, 2021 
there were over
31,000 flights at KHTO

For the sake of your children and their children,
now is the time to get involved and remain involved.
 

There will be a Town Board Work Session held on Tuesday, January 18th, beginning at 11.00 a.m. with the following topics to be discussed:

Airport Transition and SEQRA Discussion

- A. Barr, W. O'Connor, Lisa Liquori

The public may call in to comment briefly on any issue. The public portion is scheduled to take place immediately after the rollcall.  To comment during the public portion, the telephone number is:  351-888-6331. You will be placed on hold until it is your turn to  speak. 

 

At a Town Board Work Session on October 19th, we learned that the Board members apparently have decided that status quo at KHTO is acceptable to them, but for a how long was not at all clear. 

 

Read East Hampton STAR on the Status Quo proposal:

https://www.easthamptonstar.com/opinion-editorials/20211028/status-quo-not-good-enough

Supporting the demands of the one percent who use the airport, the Town Board advised that they will allow status quo, the unrelenting bombardment of residents across the East End,  to continue at least through January 2022. 

 

Then, maybe they will close the airport for, maybe for a month, and maybe in February, the quietest, shortest month of the year! Maybe it's a plan, but it's certainly not a well defined plan.    

The Town of East Hampton has established a documents center to keep the public advised of the current status of their re-envisioning process, which seems to have reached a dead end, well before any discussion at all on possible alternate uses of the people's property.

We had heard earlier from the Board that status quo was not acceptable, but apparently now it is--despite the fact that 80 percent of those attending the public comment sessions on re-envisioning stated that they wanted change. 

We have included below links to each of the studies presented as part of that Re-envisioning process. The first listed below  is the most recent. However, you may check for updates on the Town website at anytime:   

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/Index/720

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10203/Draft-Public-Engagement-Process-Summary-10122021

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9390/East-Hampton-Airport--Overview-of-Public-Participation-Process-v6

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9526/HTO_Diversion_Study_Draft_v3_20210907?bidId=

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9235/DRAFT-East-Hampton-Airport-Environmental-Conditions-Report

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9118/Air-Quality-Presentation--Donald-J-Wuebbles

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8676/Cooley-Airport-Update--May-11-2021

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9235/DRAFT-East-Hampton-Airport-Environmental-Conditions-Report

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8628/HTO-Economic-Impact-Analysis-Full-Presentation-51121

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8629/HTO-Economic-Impact-Analysis-Summary-Presentation-51121

 

Of interest is a letter to the Town of East Hampton from the FAA regarding options for the Town after FAA grant assurances expired in September 2021:

https://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9566/FmAA-November-62020-Letter-to-Town-Supervisor-regarding-options-for-the-East-Hampton-Airport after-grant-assurances-expire

 

OTHER NEWS

There is no safe level of lead.

Emissions from leaded aviation fuel, avgas, which is used in piston engine small planes, has long been a health concern, especially for young children and women of reproductive age and is believed to impact development of early onset dementia in adults.

Nevertheless, unleaded aviation fuel has sat on the back burner at the FAA which has yet to approve an unleaded aviation fuel, although an unleaded fuel has been sold at airports in the Northeast for several years. Not all piston driven planes can use that fuel  but, with a retrofitted engine most can use it. The retrofit is inexpensive. What is needed is the will of owners and pilots to take action and push the FAA to action.  NOW. 

A wake-up call for all

living near a GA airport  

A report released in early August 2021 presents findings of a study sponsored by the County of Santa Clara and in cooperation with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB).

 

The report confirmed the worst fears of people living around the Santa Clara Airport in California,  and they reacted immediately.

https://sanjosespotlight.com/santa-clara-county-votes-to-eliminate-leaded-fuel-at-reid-hillview-airport/

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