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East Hampton taxiway project completion urged East Hampton taxiway project completion urged

AOPA is urging the town of East Hampton, New York, to complete a taxiway-extension project at the East Hampton Airport, reversing a town board decision to abandon the safety-enhancement project.

The East Hampton Airport from above with proposed path of construction shown in red. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

The $2.1-million effort to extend a parallel taxiway 800 feet so it would span the length of the airport’s main runway has been funded through a bond authorization, and would add efficiency to airport operations, AOPA said in a letter to the town supervisor.

AOPA noted that completion of the taxiway would not disrupt an FAA noise study initiated at the airport, “since it is not an airport expansion project but rather a safety and efficiency project.”

On the other hand, “the longer the project is delayed, the costlier the project will become and the greater the negative impact will be on other existing infrastructure at the airport,” wrote AOPA Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins in the Oct. 22 letter to town supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.

AOPA, which has more than 11,000 members in New York, works with local airport advocacy groups such as the East Hampton Aviation Association to improve airport infrastructure, ensure access, promote safety, and grow community appreciation of local airports.

According to the East Hampton Aviation Association’s website, the airport has served the area since the 1930s, supports 90 jobs, and generates more than $15 million annually to the local economy. Ken Feuerring, the association’s president, also is AOPA’s Airport Support Network volunteer in East Hampton.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Advocacy, Airport Advocacy

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