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FAA Approves Airport Plan; Seasonal Control Tower on Horizon

Supervisor says he has made good on a campaign promise.

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson announced a federal stamp of approval has been given for the town-owned airport that makes way for a seasonal control tower.

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an Airport Layout Plan for in Wainscott.

In a Sept. 6 letter, the FAA’s New York Airports District Office reported the recently-submitted town plan is “acceptable.”

“This fulfills a campaign promise—to get our airport into a more safe and secure position within professional aviation and just as important, to be a better neighbor,” Wilkinson said in a statement on Friday. “Now we can move on a seasonal control tower.”

Councilman Dominick Stanzione, the liaison to the airport, said the approval enables the town to obtain FAA’s authorization for such temporary seasonal control tower and designation of 10-miles of airspace around the airport under FAA supervision.

“For the first-time, East Hampton can have effective control of our airspace,” Wilkinson said.

He said the airport hasn't had an approved layout plan since 1989.

“This is a historical moment in modern town history,” said Wilkinson.

MARTIN DREW September 10, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Now IF we could have effective control of the ground space . Wonder how they kid-gloved the lease issues of public land?
Esperanza Leon September 10, 2011 at 07:04 PM
And how will this alter the noise factor that increases in summer?
MARTIN DREW October 14, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Which candidate WILL address the existing leases within this airport layout ; did the FAA allow subdivision of the Industrial park as depicted on a previous plan?203 acres was also slated for subdivision?Did this occur?The remaining site includes LTV and is among the known sweetheart deals ; $700k a year taxpayer contribution and the LTV mgt. has lost sight of the "PUBLIC" being the most important factor in its mission of operations ; the country club atmosphere has morphed from years of no oversight by town officials ; regardless of due diligence by me to inform the liasions of record ; JOB POTTER / BRAD LOEWEN / JULIA PRINCE etc. McGintee abolished the ETAC COMMITTEE (citizen based) ; resulting in a continued deliberate violation of ALL known contracts that created the LTV relationship . The Maidstone Gun Club also has a lease( $100.00 for 96.7 acres per year) and renewals that circumvent further public imput about how the site will continue to be used; with renewals due to take effect Nov 2102 ; of 60 years at terms and conditions that public benefit is the motivation to keep YOU out of the facility ; "A historical moment in modern town history" is Wilkinson serious ? "Historical moments " will be when the Airport is opened to O.H.V. user group who historically have been discriminated against;by being outlawed in open spaces by the trails domination group: East Hampton Trails Preservation Society . Vote for a local that includes community .Write IN: Martin Drew
the owl October 29, 2011 at 10:28 AM
“This is a historical moment in modern town history,” said Wilkinson. Yes, Bill, it will be if you go ahead and take FAA money. Then your historic moment will be the beginning of the end of your far from glorious career and your legacy will be one of increasing noise and health endangering pollution, you will have played the major role in ruining this once peaceful, beautiful region. But you are safe, living out in Montauk, you are not impacted by EH airport noise and air pollution. You are a superb example for young people on how the incompetent can be elected --- not to represent the will of the people.
dan August 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Great job Mr. Wilkinson. It takes a big man to make big things happen. Our airport is great and you have just made it much better and safer.
the owl August 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Wow....almost a year later....you are on fire.

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