Northeast Queens Leaders Call for Answers on Airplane Noise

Elected officials, CB 11 receiving multitude of complaints about new flight pattern over Bayside, Douglaston.

Northeast Queens leaders and residents said they are still waiting for answers about a that has been bothering northeast Queens denizens.

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, recently called on the Federal Aviation Administration to meet with him to discuss the flight pattern, which has been aggravating residents along Bell Boulevard, Northern Boulevard, 43rd Avenue and sections of Douglaston.

But David Fischer, a spokesman for state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, said he was told by the FAA that the Port Authority was handling the matter.

"We've been getting a lot of calls about it," he said. "Planes are flying very low and residents can almost see the windows of the planes. It's also happening very early in the morning, which is driving a lot of people crazy."

Braunstein has written to both the FAA and Port Authority on the matter.

Susan Seinfeld, district manager of , said the board was told that the flight pattern was in a six-month trial period, but it was unclear when it began or would end.

She said CB 11 has been receiving at least one complaint per day about noise resulting from the new flight pattern.

"We're hearing from people who are saying it's really bad," CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said. "It's substantially downgrading the quality of life for some residences in Douglaston, Bayside and Flushing."

Sylvia Johnson, a Bay Terrace resident, said the frequency of the flights over her home was what bothered her most.

"It's a constant flow of traffic," she said. "It's annoying that this is happening over a densely populated neighborhood. There are flights going over every few minutes."

c c cody August 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I am a resident in the 35th Ave/Bell Blvd area and have been woken up by low flying planes even after MIDNIGHT and just this week after 11:15 PM. This has been going on not for a few weeks but since Spring. I hoped this would go away but it's just getting worse! Please Sen Avella hold someone accountable for this callous and absurd "Test" flight pattern and save our neighborhoods quality of life. I can't watch TV, eat in peace and hold a simple conversation when planes fly low over my home every 2 minutes! Please make a difference! I even called 311 and made a noise complaint to no avail!
Frank August 15, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I live in top floor of a apartment building in the Barclay Ave@Union St, Flushing, I can see low flying planes from my apartment windows every 20 seconds from 6AM to midnight, and my wife is pregnant, sometimes my wife can fee the baby kicking out in her belly when planes fly over. Just call 1-800-225-1071 to complain.
Mary August 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The FAA tested the same plane routes over NE queens in the 1990's. Now as then, the takeoff noise is deafening. Not only bayside is affected. I liive in Beechhurst and I didn't need to read about the new flight patterns in any paper - starting in July I heard the increased takeoffs which occur every 5 minutes, especially after 6 pm. Back in the 1990's the FAA abandoned this new route due to resident complaints. So keep up the pressure. Takeoffs over our neighborhoods decrease property values. The routes should not be changed on the whim of agencies who have no stakes in our communities.
Mary August 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
PHONE NUMBER TO REGISTER COMPLAINTS: Port Authority Airport Noise Complaint Line: 1-800-225-1071
c c cody August 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Thank you all for the good information. I also called Sen Avella's office and gave an update from Sunday. SInce it was impossible to have an uninterrupted conversation I was reduced to doing a 'stroke count' of the planes from 7:10pm till 9:04pm and counted 62 !!!!! Almost every 2 minutes. I just gave up after that . Call Sen Avella's office and voice your concerns as well 718 357-3094. We need to be louder in our resolve than those planes!
Donna August 22, 2012 at 07:53 PM
PLEASE PLEASE talk does not get the job done - attend Tony Avella's press conference Friday morning 8/24 at 11am - location: 38-50 Bell Blvd and make the following phone calls: Tony Avella's office: 718-357-3094 Gary Ackerman's office: 718-423-2154 FAA: 718-553-3365 This is a very serious quality of life issue which could ultimately devalue our property
Tim August 23, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I'm in Flushing, Queens, NY at Sanford Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, and I've never heard the amount of plane noise intensity as I've heard this week. My whole damn house shakes every 30 seconds from 6pm till 11pm it's the worse! Who the hell came up with this flight route over the most densely populated area in Queens?!!! Why don't they just fly them over Manhattan then too!
James Lin August 23, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I found a website that shows you how to check flight patterns of airplanes departing from airports. 1) Go to this website: http://www.ourairspace.org 2) Select "Downloads" option from "Research Center" drop-down list on top of the website 3) Click on "Online Flight Tracking" link under "Community Noise Monitoring Initiative" section to download a PDF file that shows you how to access certain flight tracking websites that are available to the public After I checked the flight patterns of LaGuardia airport, I noticed that almost all departing airplanes from this airport are flying over northeast part of Bayside. I also noticed that these airplanes are flying at an extremely low altitude when flying over Bayside. I think these are the main reasons why we are hearing loud airplane noises within few minutes apart for pretty much every day.
Tim September 07, 2012 at 01:11 AM
This is damn unbelievable. I counted 60 airplanes over my house at Sanford Avenue and Parsons Boulevard within 45 minutes from 8:30pm-9:15pm. It's not even worth counting anymore. The noise is unbearable for any human being to live like this. What is wrong with the FAA? They can't even rectify a situation even with community feedback. I minus well be living on an aircraft carrier!!!! Our politicians should be all over the FAA for this. Hope something changes for the better soon.
c c cody September 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I just called Sen Avella's office and was told that he had a meeting with the FAA and will send a letter updating all who have complained to him. I agree that last night was unbearable and mounts to "decible torture"! Keep the pressure on our politicians and the FAA!
Paul September 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I'm living in Fresh Meadow (zip code 11366). The airplane are passing over my house every second through the entire day. The sound is extremely noisy. we feel like we are living in the war. It makes our life miserable! Please stop the air pollution.
John September 21, 2013 at 09:52 AM
I'm living in North Flushing (zip code 11354). This morning I was wake up by aircrafts at 6:00am, and I cannot believe that so many airplanes are passing over and around my house every second, and they are still flying as I am writing this (9:49am). The sounds are extremely noisy. Please stop the air noises and pollution in the residential areas. I would like to know how to create or sign a petition to stop this!


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