Legislators Introduce Helicopter Traffic Regulation Bill

The legislation would establish flight paths and minimum altitude rules. Rep. Henry Waxman is among the authors.

Legislation was introduced Monday to address Los Angeles County residents' noise complaints and safety concerns concerning low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods, the authors announced.

The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish regulations on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operations in the county, according to Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, and Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

"Los Angeles area residents living in Glendale, Pasadena, the Valley, the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood and other areas are especially affected by intrusive, disruptive and often non-emergency related helicopter traffic above
their neighborhoods,'' Schiff said.

"The terrain of canyons around the Rose Bowl concentrates low-flying
helicopter noise to high levels, and Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood residents frequently suffer from noise generated by celebrity news media that
follow stars to the beach, the grocery store, or for court appearances,'' Schiff said.

"The residents in these areas deserve peace and quiet, and if the FAA won't act, Congress must pass this legislation to give residents the relief they need.''

The bill is designed to reduce noise, increase safety and minimize commercial aircraft delays, according to the lawmakers, who said "first-responders'' and military aircraft would be exempt from its limitations.

Under the legislation, the FAA would be required to exercise its legal authority to set guidelines on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operators in residential areas in Los Angeles County within 12 months of the bill being signed into law.

M Stanley February 05, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Too bad they didn't consider the beach with all the low flying helicopters and those omnipresent banner towing planes that pollute the skies. Why is the beach not included considering the danger to the public that is presented with the increase in air traffic every single year?
Rochelle Tetrault February 05, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I have been fighting for this for 20 years, starting in the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood and then I sold my property to get away from it and moved to Brentwood where I thought it would be quiet...oh, no, it wasn't. Now they are flying low and loud over Mountaingate and Bel Air Crest to - if you can imagine there is zero crime in this area - take pictures of the freeway. One newsmedia group had about three vans on the ground ("carmaggedon") and one girl in a helicopter that just "parked" over our homes for TWO days. She looked frazzled and that news station made sure we were all frazzled. I am hoping that this will work and these helicopters will be forced to consider the common man before they disturb the peace. I have video, I have petitions, and have met in the past with the FAA who just laughed it off. It's been horrible and long. My next move was out of Los Angeles.
Sean McCarthy February 05, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Is it possible the FAA could say there is nothing that can be done? You bet. That's what they said when some of the same players wanted a hard curfew at Bob Hope airport.


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