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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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