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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998
I am happy to hear of any grounding of unnecessary helicopters, no matter what the reason (June 8). I live near the Los Angeles River, which was mentioned as a former path for restricted aircraft. Thousands of people live next to the river. In addition to safety concerns, noise pollution is very underrated in today's society. I walked my neighborhood last year gathering signatures for a city charter reform candidate. My neighbors were more interested in bringing up the subject of helicopter noise than they were in my purpose in ringing their doorbell.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A congressman who has called for government regulations to reduce helicopter noise in Los Angeles County criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday for its effort to develop voluntary guidelines for local chopper flights. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said he was concerned the FAA has not come up with a timeline for action as requested by lawmakers and has targeted only three areas of the county to study: Torrance, Hollywood and the Cahuenga Pass. Without a full evaluation of helicopter operations in the entire county, Schiff said the FAA will not understand the extent of the problems facing homeowners and businesses.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A congressman who has called for government regulations to reduce helicopter noise in Los Angeles County criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday for its effort to develop voluntary guidelines for local chopper flights. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said he was concerned the FAA has not come up with a timeline for action as requested by lawmakers and has targeted only three areas of the county to study: Torrance, Hollywood and the Cahuenga Pass. Without a full evaluation of helicopter operations in the entire county, Schiff said the FAA will not understand the extent of the problems facing homeowners and businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Richard Simon
For years, residents across Los Angeles County have complained about noise from low-flying helicopters, some of them carrying sightseers, paparazzi and even real estate agents. But new legislation, tucked into the massive federal spending bill approved by Congress last week, could offer relief. The legislation requires the Federal Aviation Administration, within a year, to begin writing flight regulations to reduce the noise unless it can show that voluntary efforts are working. The anti-noise measure, which applies only to the Los Angeles area, was included in a $1-trillion bill that funds federal agencies and programs through Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Asserting that voluntary guidelines won't work, elected officials on Monday night urged the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt regulations to reduce the noise and safety risks of helicopter flights over neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. At a public hearing in Griffith Park, the officials targeted a recent FAA report, which concluded that controlling helicopter operations would be better with a voluntary approach instead of hard and fast rules that carry penalties. The report , released May 31, is part of an effort to deal with choppers that fly low over neighborhoods, celebrities' homes and famous landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign or the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- With the proposed Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act unable to get off the ground in Congress, a group of lawmakers is turning to Plan B to try to nudge the Federal Aviation Administration to act more aggressively to reduce helicopter noise. Five Los Angeles-area lawmakers are seeking to attach language to a spending bill that would direct the FAA, within a year after the measure's passage, to begin writing rules to reduce helicopter noise unless it can show that voluntary noise-reduction efforts are working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Richard Simon
After an earlier effort by local lawmakers failed to fly, legislation designed to reduce helicopter noise and improve safety in the skies above Los Angeles County was finally approved by Congress on Thursday. A day after the House of Representatives passed the measure, the Senate voted in favor of the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act, sending the bill to the president's desk for his signature. The measure was tacked on to the omnibus budget bill, which also was approved and included $65 million each for the subway extension to Los Angeles' Westside and construction of a regional connector for all the county's light-rail lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988
Starting today, helicopters from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin will begin flying over the base and into nearby residential areas to measure how much noise the aircraft make. The tests, which will involve about 12 hours of flying time, will end Aug. 20. The flights represent the second phase of tests the Marine Corps is conducting to gauge the effect of helicopter flights over residential areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2011 | By Richard Simon and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Angelenos have long complained about the noise of helicopters hovering over Southern California neighborhoods — and one politician is hoping he can finally ensure some peace and quiet. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) introduced legislation Thursday targeting noise from low-flying helicopters above Los Angeles County's residential neighborhoods. Berman's Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish rules on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operations in those areas within a year of the bill's being signed into law. Exemptions would be allowed for emergency responders and the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1994
The recent spectacle over the Los Angeles freeways during the O.J. Simpson chase involved dozens of low-flying media helicopters that interfered with the police and endangered the public. It is abundantly clear that additional measures must be taken by the Federal Aviation Administration to address the problem of low-flying helicopter noise. Homeowners of Encino filed a rule change with the FAA regarding low-flying helicopters, which was published in the Federal Register on June 27. If approved by the FAA, the rule change would require helicopters to follow the same minimum altitude of 1,000 feet above ground level over populated areas as fixed-wing aircraft.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- With the proposed Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act unable to get off the ground in Congress, a group of lawmakers is turning to Plan B to try to nudge the Federal Aviation Administration to act more aggressively to reduce helicopter noise. Five Los Angeles-area lawmakers are seeking to attach language to a spending bill that would direct the FAA, within a year after the measure's passage, to begin writing rules to reduce helicopter noise unless it can show that voluntary noise-reduction efforts are working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Asserting that voluntary guidelines won't work, elected officials on Monday night urged the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt regulations to reduce the noise and safety risks of helicopter flights over neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. At a public hearing in Griffith Park, the officials targeted a recent FAA report, which concluded that controlling helicopter operations would be better with a voluntary approach instead of hard and fast rules that carry penalties. The report , released May 31, is part of an effort to deal with choppers that fly low over neighborhoods, celebrities' homes and famous landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign or the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A new federal report recommends taking a voluntary approach rather than government regulation to reduce the noise and safety risks of low-flying helicopters over neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Basin. The study by the Federal Aviation Administration stems from requests by members of California's Congressional delegation to address concerns about chopper flights over homes, businesses and landmarks, such as the Hollywood Bowl during performances. The report immediately drew fire from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
OPINION
August 10, 2012
Re "Hundreds demand helicopter crackdown," Aug. 8 I am glad Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the wealthy people of Palos Verdes Peninsula and Brentwood protest helicopter noise over the Hollywood Bowl and their well-to-do neighborhoods. We in Venice get helicopter noise every day in addition to the loud planes from Santa Monica Airport that turn south over Venice rather than north over Santa Monica. Why doesn't anyone care? Nelson Schwartz Venice ALSO: Letters: Voting with our stomachs Letters: How not to get hit by a train Letters: Election fraud and the right to vote
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2011 | By Richard Simon and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Angelenos have long complained about the noise of helicopters hovering over Southern California neighborhoods — and one politician is hoping he can finally ensure some peace and quiet. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) introduced legislation Thursday targeting noise from low-flying helicopters above Los Angeles County's residential neighborhoods. Berman's Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish rules on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operations in those areas within a year of the bill's being signed into law. Exemptions would be allowed for emergency responders and the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Last fall, a peaceful West Hollywood neighborhood was disrupted repeatedly by helicopter noise, rattling windows, waking babies and startling dogs at all hours of the day. After months of investigating, residents discovered that the ruckus came not from the usual emergency sources — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Los Angeles County sheriff's station — but from at least one private helicopter landing on the roof of the nearby Sofitel hotel....
NEWS
November 20, 1986 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council, reacting to continuing complaints about helicopter noise at Los Angeles International Airport, has voted to ask the Federal Aviation Administration to require helicopters to fly above 2,000 feet while traveling near the airport. A 1,500-foot limit has been in effect for two years. The action Tuesday made Los Angeles the fifth city surrounding the airport to ask for a higher altitude limit.
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