Long Island's North Fork wants FAA to reroute noisy Hamptons-bound helicopters


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SOUTHOLD, New York — Residents of Long Island's North Fork want the FAA to do something about the noise from helicopters that take passengers to the Hamptons.

A hearing is scheduled Monday evening in Southold.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1kWa0YX ) says local officials want the Federal Aviation Administration to reroute flight paths.

The vice president of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council says being forced to go around Orient Point would add another 60 miles to a trip. Jeffrey Smith says that would put an "unbelievable burden" on small operators.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters says several staff members will attend the meeting. He declined to comment further.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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