posted on February 07, 2013 12:14
Alexandria, Va. – U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has revived the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act, a measure to require the FAA to impose additional regulations on helicopters operating in the L.A. area. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.
“Legislation is absolutely the wrong solution to such a diverse and complex issue, and usually results in unintended consequences, inclusive of degradation of safety and inefficient use of the airspace,” said HAI President Matt Zuccaro. “This legislation is being introduced absent any data or study relative of the issue.”
“Historically, effective solutions have come as the result of combined working group efforts that involved helicopter operators, FAA, and the local community,” Zuccaro added. “This very fact was noted in a congressional study on the effects of helicopter noise on urban areas. HAI Affiliate Member the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association has been active for years in the Los Angeles area, overseeing an aggressive industry Fly Neighborly and community relations noise abatement program.”
The measure would require the FAA to establish regulations on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopters in the L.A. area within 12 months of the bill’s passage. It would also require the FAA to set guidelines on where and how low helicopters could fly over residential areas.
The measure is similar to a bill introduced in the last Congress by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), who lost his bid for reelection in 2012. At that time Schiff, whose district borders the one Berman served, vowed to take up the legislation in the current Congress.