We are flying in a new direction – one rotation at a time.

Weather permitting, the new helicopter routes encourage pilots
to fly overwater at a higher altitude, helping reduce noise impact.
More Information.

Helicopter Routes

= Compliant  
= Non Compliant  
= Overflight

*Please note, weather can prevent helicopters from flight prescribed noise reduction routes. The ADS-B flight map above is an approximate representation of all flights for the day, resetting at midnight with a 15 min delay. The tracking is dependant on a constant connection between the tracking software and the aircraft. If this is lost, the line may appear to deviate from the actual flight path. The tracking does not track altitude compliance.

The communities in Suffolk County are working with the East Hampton Airport to reduce noise pollution and thus protect future operations. It is vital that pilots and their passengers understand the importance of flying either the “Echo” or “Sierra” over-water routes.

Helicopter Routes

The East Hampton Airport Helicopter Arrival and Departure Routes are presented below. The Echo Route is the primary route for arrivals and departures at HTO. The November Route is available for arrivals from the west on the South Shore Helicopter Route. The Sierra Route is available for pilots requesting departures for the South Shore Helicopter Route.

Echo Arrivals:
Proceed eastbound on the North Shore Helicopter Route at 3500 ft. to VPOLT. Proceed as depicted to E3 Plum Gut, E2 Cedar Point, and E1 as depicted. Maintain 2500 feet from E3. Remain at altitude as close in as possible for noise abatement. The Echo Gates must be flown precisely for noise abatement.

Echo Departures:
Depart heading northwest to E1 at BROC to 3500 ft. Turn right to E2 Cedar Point. Proceed to the North Shore Helicopter Route via E3 Plum Gut. For Flights to Manhattan and other points west, climb to 3500 ft. to E3 and 4,500 ft. westbound. For Flights to other destinations, proceed n course from E3. The Echo Gates must be flown precisely for noise abatement.

Sierra Departures:
Proceed over Georgica Pond as depicted to S1 one mile offshore. Proceed on course. Recommended attitude, 3500 ft. Eastbound, 4500 ft. Westbound

November Arrivals:
Transition off the South Shore Helicopter Route at Shinnecock Inlet. Proceed to N1, the South Tip of Robins Island. Then as depicted to N2 Sand Pit and N3 Long Pond. Altitude 5500 feet. Maintain altitude as close in as possible for noise abatement.


Echo Arrivals contact ATCT at E3 or “Plum Gut”.

November Arrivals contact ATCT at N1 or “Robins Island”.

Pathways depicted on the map are for illustration only and may not conform precisely to coordinates.

The Control Tower will advise pilots of traffic conflicts on each of the helicopter routes and will retain the option of issuing arrival and departure instructions as traffic permits.

These procedures are not intended to preempt the responsibilities of the pilot-in-command for safe aircraft operations. Recommended procedures are not intended to conflict with instructions from ATC.

East Hampton Airport Curfew: 2300L – 0700L