After filing a petition with the FAA asking it to require East End-bound helicopters to use the South Shore Route, local news outlets said Southold Town, a Long Island, New York, town, did not get the response it was looking for. The FAA reportedly dismissed the petition, basically saying that since safety was not at risk, the request would not be fulfilled at this time.
The north shore route has been reportedly hosting the majority of New York City and Hamptons helicopter traffic since 2012. Last year, the FAA voted to summarily extend its established north shore route through 2020. The route was originally supposed to close this year.
Residents were particular adverse to that decision. Reports have said they feel the FAA’s actions violated a Presidential Executive Order requiring the FAA to consult with town officials before making that decision.
FAA documentation states that the North Shore Route was originally implemented to alleviate noise pollution. Now, it is noise that news reports said led Southold Town to file the petition last November. The petition reportedly called for the South Shore Route to be further mandated, and for the North Shore Route to be terminated. Other requests in the petition reportedly included air traffic management items regarding the approach and departure of helicopters from surrounding airports.
Reports said that Southold Town had not ruled out taking legal action against the FAA.