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FAA dismisses Southold’s petition to change North Shore Route for helicopters

The Federal Aviation Administration has dismissed Southold Town’s petition asking the agency to require East End-bound helicopters to use the FAA-established South Shore Route.

Riverhead stands with Southold as it asks FAA to reconsider extension of north shore helicopter route

Southold Town is petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider its prior rulemaking extending the north shore helicopter route and reopen the docket for public comment.

Federal appeals court deals a blow to local efforts to control helicopter noise

South Fork Assemblyman Fred Thiele said East Hampton must now consider closing its airport. His comment came after a federal appeals court ruled that East Hampton's airport is subject to federal regulation whether or not the town accepts federal funding.

After meeting with FAA, Zeldin and local officials blame Schumer for lack of progress on helicopter noise

Rep. Lee Zeldin, and local officials said FAA representatives told them today they extended the shore helicopter route for four years with no public notice or comment period because of "political pressure."

Zeldin calls for resignation or removal of FAA head unless he reconsiders north shore helicopter route extension

Ignoring repeated communications from members of Congress and taxpayers, "the FAA has chosen to go radio silent and release this directive in secret as if the American public is the enemy," Rep. Lee Zeldin said.
Helicopter flies over a farm field on the North Fork. (Photo: Peter Blasl)

Zeldin: Establish ‘rotating’ access points over land and enforce minimum altitudes for helicopters

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) calls on FAA to establish "rotating" access points over north shore and enforce minimum altitude rules for helicopters before start of summer season on the East End.