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Residents Rally Over Noise At Gabreski

Some 50 Quogue residents attended a Gabreski Board meeting Thursday night.

Roughly 50 Quogue residents showed up last week to say they have had enough with noise at the 68-year-old Gabreski Airport.

"We have had a number of complaints about noise," said Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius. "The thrust of the complaints is from the people that live in the northern part of Quogue. They are worried about additional traffic and they say the noise is bothersome."

Saying their part at a Gabreski Airport Community Advisory Board meeting, held at Quogue Village Hall on Thursday night, the residents also said they fear that if the 1,453-acre Suffolk County-owned airport is developed further, the problem will only get worse. Currently, Grabeski hosts three runways, six taxi-ways and 15 acres of aircraft parking.

Airport manager Anthony Ceglio attempted to ease the resident's fears explaining that a company is looking to construct 25 hangars on the property, though, that proposal has not been officially submitted and when it is, it will be subject to community discussion.

Currently, Ceglio says there are 47-acres available for development on the property as part of an internal land use plan, which originally stated that 173-acres could be developed.

"We came up with a revised plan," said Ceglio. "With 127 acres less of development."

Ceglio also said that there is no pressing need to push for development at this time, especially when looking at the numbers.

"Our operations are down 35 percent and I imagine that is a reflection of the economy, especially with small airplanes. They can't afford the gas."

Ciglio also responded to noise complaints, saying that wind patterns this past summer have forced some flights to take off toward residential areas in Quogue.

"I've never seen it like this before," said Ciglio.

Ciglio says Gabreski does have a noise abatement committee that constantly strives to cut noise levels. The committee has already established a complaint procedure, as well as put up signs on all runways advising pilots on noise reducing procedures, such as avoid overflying residential area and using quiet power settings.

Maria Fogerty November 14, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Thank your for this important information.
Virginia Whitelaw November 15, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Quogue-ites should be happy the airport is there!
Allen Schneider November 15, 2011 at 02:28 PM
The current level of Aircraft noise coming from Gabreski Airport is at Historic Lows, when you compare it to the level of Aircraft noise that we used to have in this area during the 60's and 70's ! Back when Gabreski had Jet Fighter Aircraft stationed there and the Grumman Field in Calverton was in full operation developing the F-14 and the A-6 Attack Aircraft. Compared to back then the current level of noise is miniscule. The sound of the Air National Guard Aircraft currently stationed there is the sound of Freedom. The sound of private aircraft coming out of Gabreski is the sound of commerce and Hi-Tech JOBS that we desperately need on the east end!
Blake Conway November 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM
The airport has existed in its current form predating most(if not all) of the communities in the northern area of Quogue. If the residents failed to conduct "Due diligence" when contemplating their home purchase, than they have themselves to blame. If they don't like there anymore than they are free to move.
Patrick O'Connell November 15, 2011 at 11:18 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 efforts! 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!
Rick Norris October 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I really find it difficult to understand people who move near an airport then complain about the noise! I was stationed at Suffolk Air Force Base aka Gabreski for two years back in the early 60's. It was way noiser than now but, it was music to my ears. It was and still is the sound of freedom. You people need to get a life or move.
ed kramer October 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM
SCAFB was there a long time before you moved to the area. It was a good employer supporting the local economy, and still does. All the buildings on the west side of hwy 24 turned over to private enterprises. You can't have your cake and eat it too

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