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Pilots’ Worst Fears – Letter to the Editor, East Hampton Star, May 28, 2013

Dear David:

Your lead editorial of May 23 concerning East Hampton Airport was right on the money.

Unfortunately it seems as if airport manager Brundige and Councilman Stanzione are using a dartboard and a direct line to something called the Eastern Regional Helicopter Association to determine whose summers are ruined below. Why aren’t they listening to taxpayers?

Meanwhile, small pilots’ worst fears are being realized. People, taxpayers,  and voters really are talking about closing the airport.

Back when the East Hampton Aviation Association originally decided to cast their lot with noisy helicopter and airborne commuter interests instead of their neighbors, their battle cry was, David Gruber wants to close the airport!

Well, Mr. Gruber is nowhere to be found. But he has been replaced by angry people from all of the Hamptons, the North Fork, and even Riverhead, who attend East Hampton Town Board meetings to complain about the increasing assault on the quiet enjoyment of their homes. I guess the “if you don’t like noise you shouldn’t have bought near the airport” argument has flown west and away.

The year-over-year increase in noisy commuter helicopter, jet, seaplane, and hobbyist use is way past acceptable to a huge segment of the East End.

East Hampton Airport: It’s time to shut it up or shut it down.

TOM MacNIVEN

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