By Lindsay Andarakis
Residents who live close to the East Hampton Airport, or happen to own homes on one its flight paths now have a new way to monitor the airport traffic.
On Wednesday, June 22, East Hampton Town launched a portal on their website that allows residents to check altitudes, flight paths, aircraft locations and other important information about flights in the region. The portal also enabled residents to log noise complaints related to the airport.
This portal connects directly to the East Hampton Airport air traffic tracking system, Vector, which has been in use by the town for the past two years. It can be accessed via the town’s website, ehamptonny.gov. The new software will cost the town approximately $5,000 annually, and is also smart phone and tablet compatible for the user’s convenience.
“The system seems to be working fairly well and there have been a few noise complaints put in through the system. Some people have actually said to me that they would have filed a noise complaint because they thought the aircraft was lower than it actually was and they decided not to once they checked the airplanes altitude,” Jemille Charlton, the East Hampton Airport manager, said.
Once logged into the portal, residents are able to replay tracks from any date and time and see aircrafts coming in and out of the area, with a ten-minute delay for security purposes.
“It is a great tool for the community to use that was really designed for transparency. For years people have been saying that we’re hiding things at the airport, so we want everyone to realize that we’re doing everything we can to get this program as good as possible,” Mr. Charlton said.