Quogue Association Members Fed Up With Airport Noise

Consider Drafting Petition About Loud Planes and Jets.

Quogue Village residents plan to unite to quiet the constant airplane and helicopter noise coming from Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.

At a Quogue Association meeting Saturday morning, Brett Pinto of Quogue floated the idea of creating an online petition that demands pilots use a runway at the airport that does not send aircraft over Quogue Village. The deluge of noise complaints originating from Quogue going to the airport have had little effect, but a petition may, she said.

Paul Mejean, a member of the Quogue Association, encouraged Pinto to look into the petition. Paul Dietche of Quogue, a member of the association, who is also involved in Gabreski citizens’ groups, added that other plans at Gabreski have the potential to further impact the quality of life in Quogue.

He cited Quogue-based Ocean Aviation’s plans to build 25 hangars on the property, as well as the three-story hotel in the that will overlook Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton.

Mejean said many of the pilots use the shorter runway at the airport. The longer one takes more time and gas to taxi down, he said.

“Quogue has done it before,” Pinto said about the power of the petition. She said a similar effort led Southampton Town to ban recreational vehicles from parking on Dune Road. Concerns about the water quality of Shinnecock Bay fueled the movement, she said.

The large volume of noise complaints are coming from only a few homes, she said. Getting 1,000 signatures or so on the petition would give the village more weight dealing with the airport. Still, pilots are allowed to choose which runway they use, Dietche said.

Residents who wish to file noise complaints can do so through the websites of the Coalition Against Airport Pollution or Suffolk County.

The Quogue Association also distributed cards to homes in the village to rally residents against the noise.

Helicopters flying as low as 200 feet above the sand are an issue, too, said EJ Reinoso of Quogue. There have been ongoing efforts at the federal level to address helicopter flight paths to the East End.

Anthony Ceglio, airport manager at Gabreski said wind has played a part in excess noise. To hear what he had to say, click .

Aaron S August 09, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Much of the sound is our Air Guard training, really, how can any American who wants security and this fine life saving group to be fully trained as possible vote other then NO?
anthony quaranti August 09, 2011 at 06:19 PM
tehy do not need to let there engines roar for half hour at a time , you don,t need to train planes to run . also they create pollution
MARGARET August 09, 2011 at 07:28 PM
All of you complaining about the noise are really out of place for that. First off the AIR BASE has been here longer then you all an our GUARDSMEN need to train for OUR security. So when you moved here the BASE was here an you of course being smart people knew there was going to be planes an helicopters flying in an out so if you didn't want the noise WHY DID YOU BYE THERE so you could here the noise. I SAY GO GAURDS MEN GO WE LOVE OUR FREEDOM AN WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!
Adnil Art August 10, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Well said!! Sounds like the same people that don't want locals food shopping on weekends!!!!! Then MOVE AWAY from the airport if you don't like airport noise!! SIMPLE!I I support our military and our ANG and LOVE hearing them fly over my house including right this minute!
Jim August 10, 2011 at 04:49 AM
Last Friday night a sea plane buzzed over meschutt beach which was crowded with people for the weekly car show. This plane flew dangerously low over the beach which was full of people. It surely was no more than 50 feet off the ground and then flew nose up to regain altitude. Whoever the pilot was, did a stupid thing and dangerous thing and should be investigated.
Patrick O'Connell August 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM
For safety reasons, aircraft must take off and land into the wind. The direction of arrivals and departures are determined almost exclusively by wind direction. Fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are also reduced to the lowest possible level by this practice. If you feel that the noise issues of a handful of residents are more important than the safety of aircraft's passengers and crew, and the preservation of the environment; by all means join with the Quogue Association in it's online petition! NOTE As America entered the war in 1942, a Civil Air Patrol squadron was established on the Riverhead Plains adjacent Westhampton Beach. (This facility pre-dates most of the homes in Quogue) Today, Suffolk County's Francis S. Gabreski Airport is a general aviation facility with a 9,000 foot runway (one of the New York area's longest after JFK International), to accommodate aircraft of any size.(Comes in handy in case of airline emergency situations) Also based at Gabreski Airport, is the New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Group which operates HC-130 Hercules and MH-60G Black Hawk helicopters to perform aerial search and rescue services (depicted in the movie "The Perfect Storm") as well as coverage for the NASA space shuttle launches. I don't know about you, but if I were in trouble at sea, far from shore, hearing the "noise" of a 106th aircraft above would be music to my ears, regardless of who's house they had to fly over to reach me!
Adnil Art August 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Thank You, Mr. O'Connell =)
dtwx August 12, 2011 at 12:30 AM
The aircraft noise is not from military aircraft. The military has been a valued, important, respected and vital member of the East End community for decades. The military is well-regarded by everybody and appreciated for everything they do to protect the security of our country. The aircraft noise comes from private jets which have been using a particular runway which directs aircraft over Quogue. Residents are only requesting that if there is a choice of which runway to use which does not compromise safety and/or environmental concerns, then perhaps that choice can be a runway which directs aircraft over uninhabited areas.
joe August 12, 2011 at 01:37 AM
As a pilot, I know there are noise abatement procedures for the airport. I heard one controller last week say something like - for noise abatement, taxi to runway 6. the people encouraging the petition from the article don't seem to know what they're talking about.
Lee Wadelton November 16, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Agree wholeheartly with Patrick O'Connell's comments BUT I don't think that anyone seriously objects to the the planes of the New York National Guard 106th Rescue Group plane noise. Objection is to increased small jet, private plane, and helicopter noise. We are lucky to have such a long runway, someday we will have a hurricane that will hit us headon and we will be happy to have a runway that can handle all the emergency services that will be needed, perhaps all the way to Montauck. In the meantime: fewer hangars, we do not need to encourage more traffic to and from Gabreski. We do need hotel space, in the 38 hurricane people had to go all the way to Riverhead to find a place to stay.
Patrick O'Connell November 16, 2011 at 05:49 PM
L W It is my understanding that a hotel is part of expansion plans being considered Gabreski.


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