A U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach community’s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybert’s June 26 preliminary injunction called the town of East Hampton’s once-a-week limit “drastic” and said a less restrictive measure might alleviate the noise problem at the town, which serves highbrow Eastern Long Island beach communities. The rich and famous commute there regularly by helicopter from New York City. But the judge rejected calls by aviation companies for a preliminary injunction against the nighttime curfew, saying that the town did not trespass on federal jurisdiction by imposing it. The aviation groups’ lawsuit against the curfew is pending.
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