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Schiff, Feinstein Reintroduce Bill to Fight Helicopter Noise

Lawmakers are also awaiting a report from the Federal Aviation Administration on the issue.

Local residents may finally get some relief from the helicopter noise that disrupts sleep and makes it hard to work.

Congressman Adam Schiff is joining with Congressmen Henry Waxman and Brad Sherman, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to keep the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act in the legislative pipeline. The bill was reintroduced Monday.

It would require the Federal Aviation Administration to set and implement guidelines on flight routes and height limitations for aircraft such as news media helicopters that hover over crime scenes and crowded freeways. It would not restrict helicopters operated by the Los Angeles Police Department, other emergency responders or the military. 

The FAA created a working group under the leadership of Ray LaHood that has been meeting with residents to hear their concerns about helicopter noise.

A report is expected in May with recommendations for height and route restrictions. Lawmakers hope the bill will provide leverage in getting the FAA to move on its recommendations.

Schiff, whose district now includes Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz--as well as West Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills and Atwater Village--has taken over as a primary sponsor of the bill, along with Feinstein.

The bill originally was introduced by former Congressman Howard Berman along with Sherman and Boxer, but had to be reintroduced when Congress began a new session.

"I’m heartened that Congressman Schiff and Senator Feinstein will be taking up the mantle of helicopter noise regulation next year," Berman said in a statement. "They have been steadfast partners with me on the L.A. Helicopter Noise Relief Act."

Schiff added in the same statement:

"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.

"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.”

j mann February 05, 2013 at 04:28 AM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally
StirCrazy February 05, 2013 at 10:12 AM
The in-between-emergencies LAPD airship patrols are low and very loud. I hope the other copters fade into the bakground with this bill, so that these expensive and excessive non-emergency air patrols will become obvious to other sleep-deprived taxpayers.
chuk bekr February 05, 2013 at 03:19 PM
What about harley's ? Helicopters ( I don't like either) are doing something. Belching Harley's are the curse of Sunset Blvd and totally useless.
nonoise February 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Noise does matter!! People do care about noise. There is a lot of concern about helicopter noise and noisy Harley's. But if the church wants to make noise, then people look the other way and support their noisy church. Churches are just as evil as helicopter or Harley's. Noise is noise. No one person or organization is above the law. Glad to see that our government officials are showing they are about noise. It is long, long, long, overdue. Now I just wish they cared about all noise, not just the helicopter kind. No noise.
Don Scott February 05, 2013 at 05:45 PM
The politicians are afraid to take on the Harley noise. Helicopter pilots and operators aren't quasi-gangster types, so are a safer target politically. Our communities would be a lot more civilized if politicians and police show some courage and deal with the illegally loud motorcycles that dominate the roadways with their terrible noise.
Barry McCart February 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
From the article: The bill would require the "Federal Aviation Administration" to set and implement guidelines on flight routes and height limitations for aircraft such as news media helicopters that hover over crime scenes and crowded freeways.
Informed February 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
States can't force the Federal Government to do anything. They may request, and form working groups to address issues but as far as requiring, not within the scope of the State's authority. Joe is 100% correct.
Barry McCart February 05, 2013 at 10:56 PM
The majority of helicopter flights in the San Fernando Valley begin and/or end at Van Nuys Airport. I suggest reporting specific helicopter noise incidents over your home through the Van Nuys Airport’s Internet Flight Tracks system, known as WebTrak. WebTrak Site: http://ems02.bksv.com/webtrak/vny4
Maryann Kuk February 05, 2013 at 11:14 PM
While this is a great piece of news, exempting LAPD & LAFD won't change the helicopter noise in Silver Lake. We're in the path to/from the heliport in Elysian and the noise rattles my windows regularly. Is anyone out there designing stealth helicopters....other than drones?
nonoise February 05, 2013 at 11:19 PM
You can ask your city councilmember ( many are now running for office) and the mayor too to give you soundproof windows. Burbank did it for their residents. And, yes cities can do something about helicopter and plane noise. Van Nuys, Santa Monica and many other cities have done it.
Derek February 06, 2013 at 12:19 AM
When there are sound walls along the 101 and 134 ill believe they care about noise. They care about rich people
nonoise February 06, 2013 at 12:27 AM
There are sound walls on the 134. Burbank does care about noise. Burbank gave their residents new windows to block noise from the airport. Sun Valley residents from Los Angeles did not get new windows. Only Burbank cares about noise and their residents.
NIMBY February 07, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Not in my backyard. We need more regulations on what we can not do. And Its so nice to have someone elses freedoms destroyed. Unmuffled Harley's put out far more noise, but politicians don't want to lose thousands of votes from those riders. Helicopters are an easy target to appease the masses.
Ali February 08, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I wish it included police helicopters. They have mufflers but don't use them, I believe. I live on the border of West Hollywood and Los Angeles. I get the noise from both the LASD and LAPD helicopters and it drives me bonkers at times. I also live less than a mile from Hollywood Blvd. so whenever they have an event up there, I hear all the media helicopters hovering for hours. Any reduction in helicopter noise is good, but the majority of it is from police and fire copters. I wish those were included. I also wish helicopter manufacturers would work on a quieter copter.
antonioV February 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM
THERES NO NEED FOR CHOPPERS TO COVER CRASHES FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME POLICE NEED TO COVER CRIME ON THE GROUND PROPERLY THERES NO NEED FOR CHOPPERS TO CHASE SUSPECTS IN THE AIR MOST OF THE TIME THEY WOULD HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE IN THE POLICE CAR BUT THEY ENJOY DEPLOYING THE CHOPPERS IN THE LITTLE ADVENTURES EVERY NIGHT AND MAKING PEOPLE ANGRY BUT IT WILL HAVE TO END IF WE HAD REAL HANDS ON ENFORCERS THAT BUST PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY BREAK THE LAWS AS THEY SHOULD THIS WOULDNT BE AN ISSUE AS WELL AS LONG AS ALL THESE POT SHOPS ARE RUNNING YOU WILL HAVE MAJOR CRIME ISSUES I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE MOVING TO LA OR RAISING KIDS HERE ITS A REALLY BAD PLACE BAD AIR QUALITY AND A SET OF LAWS THAT RARELY GET ENFORCED PROPERLY
Concerned February 15, 2013 at 01:48 AM
This bill will do no good unless police helicopters are included. They are the worst instigators of the noise, and will sometimes fly by up tp 20 times an hour. The old, Vietnam era hand me downs they are using need to be grounded permanently. They sound like V2 rockets roaring throgh the air, and I've been waken from complete deep sleep from these beasts over my block at 330am. Many of the pilots are beat cops for several years first, THEN trained for piloting choppers, so the pilot error I've witnessed is high. I've seen two almost collide with each other twice, I've seen a pilot suddenly lose altitude while banking the wrong way making a turn, and almost hit an apartment. 80 percent of the time, they are flying around something that has already happened, and not preventing a thing but sleep. The police choppers need to upgrade their equipment and their training, and they need to stop conducting 40 minute circlings just because someone passed gas while a club was gettting out, otherwise it's just a matter of time before they repeat what just happened in pasadena, or the ktla chopper emergency landing, or worse. Stop intimidating the public!
Joe Farrell February 15, 2013 at 01:54 AM
If the Chris Dorner debacle proves nothing - it proves LAPD could not give a crap about you . . . . or your noise
antonioV February 15, 2013 at 03:48 AM
those lil guys have fun taking out the choppers they have their fun AT YOUR EXPENSE BUT IT WILL END OR ELSE THERE WILL BE MORE CRASHED CHOPPERS AND BIG PROBLEMS IF THE NEWS CHANNELS KEEP DEPLOYING THE CHOPPERS THERES GOING TO BE SOME PROBLEMS

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