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Headlines and Top Story- Updated August 17, 2017


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- FAA Responds to South Bay Community Recommendations

- City Takes Action to Address Noise from Sea-Tac Airport





Federal Court Strikes Down Anti-Noise
Curfews at East Hampton Airport
U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert issued a final order and permanent injunction barring the Town of East Hampton, N.Y., from enforcing curfews it adopted in 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the town’s petition for review in June.

A general curfew from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and an extended curfew for especially noisy aircraft from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily were meant to provide relief from noise for area residents. The first round of litigation upheld the curfews but rejected the ordinance that imposed a one-trip-per-week limit for noisy aircraft during the summer.

“Even though restrictions have been permanently lifted at East Hampton, aircraft operators have long respected the concerns of local residents and will continue to make every attempt to fly neighborly,” said Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), which challenged the legality of the ordinances. “East Hampton has one of the most extensive voluntary noise-abatement programs in the country, and our members are committed to flying responsibly.”

Friends of the East Hampton Airport, Inc., Analar Corp., Associated Aircraft Group, Inc., Eleventh Street Aviation LLC, Helicopter Association International, Inc., Heliflight Shares LLC, Liberty Helicopters, Inc., Sound Aircraft Services, Inc., and National Business Aviation Association, Inc., Plaintiffs, against Town of East Hampton, Defendant. Case No. 2:15 CV 2246 JS-ARL in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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