HPN Curfew Bill Aims To Neutralize Nighttime Noise

 - June 14, 2007, 8:53 AM

A bill that would give local authorities the right to enforce a nighttime curfew at New York’s Westchester County Airport has drawn criticism from NBAA. H.R. 2328 was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure May 15 by representative Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). In a June 7 letter to Lowey, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen wrote that NBAA opposes “any attempt to create local exemptions to federal law. Our national aviation system and our economies are based on the mobility of people and goods. That mobility cannot safely and efficiently occur if airports across the country establish a ‘patchwork quilt’ of different standards.” Airport officials support the bill, however. “We have always wanted a mandatory curfew,” said an airport spokeswoman. “We have done everything we possibly can to encourage pilots not to fly during the overnight hours, but there are still airplanes that take off and land [after the voluntary curfew].”