Avella Will Meet with FAA to Discuss Airplane Noise in Bayside

Residents have been complaining about new test route from LaGuardia Airport that flies over northeast Queens, senator says.

State Sen. Tony Avella said he is in the process of setting up a meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration to discuss a new route from LaGuardia Airport that has been disturbing Bayside residents.

The senator said his office began receiving complaints from residents who live on Bell Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and 43rd Avenue earlier this month.

“The FAA is testing a new departure procedure, which is accounting for the noise,” Avella, D-Bayside, said. “If they think it’s fine, then there will be this noise permanently. I know that on the weekend, the FAA has different departures, so every once in a while you’ll get an over-flight. But the complaints have been that this is going on every day.”

The senator said the FAA has agreed to meet with him to discuss the route.

Susan Seinfeld, district manager for , said the route was being tested for six months. The board has also been receiving complaints from Bayside residents in recent weeks.

The FAA could not be reached for comment.

"The flight plan they put into effect 10 years ago came down Northern Boulevard and took a left over Little Neck Bay," said Frank Skala, a CB 11 member and president of the East Bayside Homeowners Association. "Now, they appear to be making a left turn over the Clearview Expressway. It is much more audible to people here now."

Avella said one of his concerns about the route is that northeast Queens had not been notified about it.

“Nobody knows they are considering this,” he said. “Where’s the outreach? They told me they expected public comments while this test is going on. But if nobody knows about it, then how can they complain?”

David R. Yale July 26, 2012 at 01:14 PM
They must have been using that route this morning (Thursday). I had to turn the radio way up to even hear the news. It's not acceptable!
Flushing Skeptic July 26, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It is also affecting residents of Broadway-North Flushing; it used to be that it was only when weather patterns mandated a different take-off path, or the US Open was on, but this is really becoming unbearable! Planes should take off directly north of LGA to minimize noise for all the residents of Northeast Queens.
Kathy Lucchi July 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I too live in Northeastern Queens and feel that we should always be notified of differing routes LaGuardia is using. There have been time we have had to cancel backyard events due to the unbearable noise created by planes from or to LaGuardia.
Lisa Fuselli July 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Its so true, the only time you heard the planes right over your house in Auberndale/Flushing was during bad weather of late August into September for the US Open! How loud can you put the tv or radio before you have hearing loss!
E. Mendez July 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
The noise is deafening and is ruining the quality of life in our neighborhood. Aside from the noise pollution, there is air pollution, and the potential for a catastrophe should an accident occur over a residential neighborhood. Everyone should contact their elected officials and let them know that this is unacceptable.
Vera D'Arrigo July 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I am a resident at 170th St. and 35th Ave. for many years and the air traffic from LaGuardia has become unbearable. Some days especially on weekends there are 2 planes every minute going over my home. They have started as early as 6 A.M. and continue until 11 P.M. The noise is deafening and my home smells of Jet fuel. If this continues the value of the homes in this area will certainly be affected. I for one will have to move. V. D'Arrigo
Arthur J caputo July 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM
There goes Avella again Representing his constituents.. This time airplane noise. Avella for mayor .
G.S. August 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I live by the Bay Terrace Shopping Center and the airplane noise is driving me CRAZY! I understand during the U.S. Open, there is an exception but to change the flight pattern without realizing that this is a residential area. I'm tired of being on the phone and telling the person whom I am on the phone with to hold on until the plane passes. If the FAA thinks we are going to stand for this while they are testing out this new pattern for 6 months, they are out of their minds. Something has to be done NOW before we all loose our hearing and our minds!!!!!
John wilson August 12, 2012 at 07:42 AM
I have eardrum damage, who can I sue?
Mqone August 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I live a block from Bay Terrace and I feel the noise is not that bad. I think alot of people have nothing better to do then complain. This is a classic example of "not in my backyard" The planes have to fly over someones home, but the people who complain feel they are so special that no planes shoud ever fly over their home. The funny part is when the people who complain go on vacation they could care less whos house the plane goes over. Hypocrites every one of you.
Phil Konigsberg August 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
These comments are very interesting. There are a number of comments from individuals who state they reside in or near Bay Terrace yet have differing reactions to the perceived increase in airport noise. I also live in Bay Terrace and I have not noticed any change in flight pattern over the neighborhood or detected any increased noise. Yet I know of someone who lives in the same building as I do and they have indicated it has recently become worse. I contacted LaGuardia Airport regarding the hours of operation of commercial flights there and here is an excerpt from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's response: "LGA is open 24/7. Federal law prohibits an airport from imposing a curfew unless it was in place prior to 1990. However, we do encourage our airline partners to avoid flying in the overnight hours, between 12 midnight and 6 AM. In fact, we schedule construction every night from April through October, which allows us to close the airport at night for almost half the year."
Katherine Cross August 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I also live in your building on the 3rd floor with a terrace. I can not sit out there and have a conversation with someone or by my self for that matter. You do not have a terrace and your air conditioning is probably on all the time. I kinow your wife doen't like the heat. So don't say it is not bad,
Donna August 22, 2012 at 07:39 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
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.


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