Make change happen
A committed group of people, working together and with the same goals, can make things happen. Social media has given us the means to connect easily and faster. Let's get to it.
Almost every day in some small or large way we see or hear of positive changes occurring when people have united to fight for quality of life issues in their communities. Aircraft intrusion over our homes is one of those struggles, and it is intensifying in communities in just about every state in our nation and elsewhere.
KHTO is a general aviation airport, serving a handful of local recreational pilots as well as private travelers, most of whom fly short journeys (less than 45 minutes). That is non-essential travel; it is costly, environmentally-unfriendly travel, a convenience affordable to few.
The great majority of passengers do not live in our communities and either do not think about, or perhaps do not care about, the torment and carbon pollution their journeys inflict to those living beneath their flights. Many charter flights operate one leg of a round trip without passengers. The aviation industry calls those flights "empty legs"; environmentally speaking, they are very costly.
Long Island has over 8 million residents and represents the largest voting bloc in NY State. That's us; we've got the numbers, that's power. Politicians pay attention to and base decisions upon numbers of residents complaining about a particular issue and the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Make noise, call your town representatives frequently and tell them you want action to halt erosion of our quality of life.
Take Action Now! Contact Your Representatives--make sure they feel the pressure.
- file noise complaints (see next page for details)
- send Letters to Editors of local newspapers and Newsday
- write to elected representatives; fill their inboxes to capacity with complaints
- call and leave voice messages; fill their voicemail to capacity
- demand your local, county, state, and federal representatives accept data on noise complaints in your area from airnoisereport.com (see which elected officials/town already accepting this data at https://airnoisereport.com/partners). East Hampton, Southampton and Southold Towns are also accepting this data.
- demand elected representatives deny aviation industry attempts to criminalize public dissemination of flight tracking data and protect our right to use flight tracking sites such as Planefinder.net and airnoisereport.com
We can do it. We don't have to take every action at the same time; call one week, write the next. Talk to your neighbors, ask them to get involved.
Let's get rolling and get that toxic scourge that is KHTO closed just as soon as possible:
- identify like-minded individuals concerned about noise and air pollution
- form a group in your community or contact your homeowners association
- communicate regularly with other local groups
- organize a protest in your community (a drive by during the pandemic)
- share contacts, information and ideas with groups in other communities
- participate in meetings of local civic or citizens advisory groups
- ask local citizen's groups if you can make a presentation to their members
- post and share information on Facebook and other social media; ask friends and co-workers to do likewise
- donate to Say NO to KHTO to support our outreach and other efforts