As of end December, 2021 
there were over
32,000 flights at KHTO

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

The following document (released Feb 7th, 2022)  has been posted on the Town of East Hampton website. The document has long list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, we urge you to take a look. 

http://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11609/Airport-FAQS-Feb-2022?bidId&fbclid=IwAR01M7gb1NjMUu4ykRxQVnnsTQqZmWqrFFuCtE-R-B0rwqstYMHUrVNmJ4U

There will be upcoming Town Board work session on Feb. 15th and a regular meeting in come on Feb. 17th prior to the planned closure of the public airport on Feb28th. 

The Town plans to re-open the facility four days later, with Prior Permission to land required.   

The public may call in to comment briefly on any issue at either  work session or regular board meeting. The public portion is scheduled to take place immediately after the rollcall at work sessions, but is later during board meetings. 

To comment at either meeting during the public portion, the telephone number is:  351-888-6331. You will be placed on hold until it is your turn to  speak when you will be identified by the last fur digits of your phone number and you will be on air.  To allow all callers time to comment, please limit your comment to 3 minutes.  

October 2021:

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 certify an alternative to avgas that will be able to b e used in all piston engine planes. NOW.   To date, (Feb. 2022), the FAA is still working on it!!!!!

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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