|East Hampton Town
To Mr. Mark Ward, Northwest, East Hampton
I too, live north of East Hampton airport.
This summer has been unusual in that the prevailing winds have been predominantly
from the east. As such, runway 10 has gotten the lion share of use.
This runway usage has procedures that call for aircraft to make left turns
after departure and thus end up over the northwest area of town (us).
Normally, with a prevailing westerly wind this traffic would be over Southampton
and over Route 27. Your interest in high altitude aircraft has hitherto
not been seen as problematic due, in large measure, to the fact that they
are well over 2 miles (11,000 feet) above and frequently as high as 6 miles
above. The noise issue of these aircraft has been seen as quite insignificant
compared to local traffic. The Hampton VOR, a navigation station
located in Bridgehampton is a key component of overhead enroute traffic.
Aircraft going to and from virtually every east coast destination can,
and do, use it
As lovely as Vermont is,
I wouldn't trade my East Hampton home for anything. There is no finer
place and no finer people than the full timers here in the Hamptons.
I've been to alot of places and East Hampton, by far, is the best and will
be the place I will call home forever. Our task,
The Town Board has designated Councilwoman Pat Mansir as their airport liaison. Send your concerns to her also. She needs to take a more proactive role in addressing airport noise issues. She can only understand the full scope of the effects of airport noise if residents, like you, write and tell her personally of your specific issue. Don't lose hope. This is a problem that CAN be fixed. With a little vision and with a dedicated airport manager and an agressive noise abatement plan we can co-exist. It takes a degree of education and reasonableness on both sides before the solution will be found. Hang in there and I hope to here from you soon.