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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.
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WORLD
November 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Authorities began combing through the wreckage of a Scottish pub Saturday for clues as to why a police helicopter plunged onto its roof, killing at least eight people, including all three on board, and seriously injuring 14. "A full and thorough investigation into what happened last night has already begun," Stephen House, chief constable of Scotland Police, told reporters in the city of Glasgow, which awoke to an extraordinary scene of...
WORLD
November 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
LONDON - At least one person was killed and 32 injured in the crash of a police helicopter onto the roof of a pub filled with revelers, with the death toll expected to rise, Scottish officials said Saturday. [Updated 8:30 a.m. PDT Nov. 30: Scottish police have confirmed that at least eight people were killed in the crash, including all three on board the helicopter. Another 14 people remain hospitalized with serious injuries. ] An overnight search stretched into the Saturday morning for anyone still trapped in the wreckage of the Clutha Vaults bar, on the banks of the Clyde River in Glasgow.
WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A police helicopter crashed into a crowded Glasgow pub late Friday night, sending dozens of people clamoring to escape the dust-choked building where untold others remained trapped, the BBC Scotland reported. The crash occurred at the Clutha pub on the banks of the Clyde River as a nine-piece band was performing for a crowd of more than 100 people, patron Fraser Gibson told the BBC. It was unclear whether there were fatalities or what the fate was of the crew in the police helicopter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
Both local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday were investigating the death of a man who fell from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. The Orange County coroner's office reported that the man “jumped from a helicopter in-flight. " Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after opening the helicopter door and leaping out, falling about 500 feet into the ocean. McFadden had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan
It was around lunchtime when patrons of the Ruby's Diner perched near the end of the Balboa Pier looked up and saw what appeared to be a dummy plummeting from a passing helicopter and then heard it splash into the ocean. As customers strained to get a look, rescuers who rushed to the shoreline made a grim discovery. The object seen dropping from the sky Tuesday was actually the body of a man who had paid $310 for a tour of the Orange County coastline, only to tumble from the chopper's door, falling 500 feet to the water below.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
Emergency crews recovered a man spotted near the end of the Balboa Pier on Tuesday after he tumbled from a helicopter flying off the Newport Beach coastline. Authorities said the man, who has not been identified, was pulled from the water and rushed to a nearby hospital.  A busboy at the Ruby's Diner at the end of the Balboa Pier was outside cleaning tables when he saw a man falling from an unmarked, white helicopter about 300 feet above the ocean, said General Manager David Saighani.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
A passenger in a helicopter flying over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday  opened the door and jumped out, falling about 500 feet to the ocean, authorities said. The man later died at a local hospital. Newport Beach police are investigating the 60-year-old man's death as a possible suicide. The Federal Aviation Administration is also reviewing the incident. The man had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Navy conducted the first flight of a next-generation helicopter drone, which is designed to fly twice as long and has three times the payload capacity of the current model in the military arsenal. The MQ-8C Fire Scout flew for seven minutes Thursday in restricted airspace at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. Shortly after, the Navy said , a second flight lasting nine minutes was also flown in a pattern around the airfield, reaching 500 feet altitude. The tests were made to validate the autonomous control systems.
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