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Provision in Federal spending bill could reduce helicopter noise in Los Angeles County

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team helicopter flies low over homes in the search zone during a massive manhunt for a suspect who attempted to kill two LAPD detectives on June 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Included in the 1 trillion dollar federal spending bill for 2014 is a provision that could limit helicopter noise over Los Angeles County within a year. The provision directs the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to create regulations on excess helicopter noise.

That is, unless the FAA can prove the voluntary measures it suggested last year are working.The voluntary measures included propositions such as mapping new helicopter routes, flying at higher altitudes, and creating a noise-complaint system.

Representative Adam Schiff has fought for comprehensive legislation from the FAA since many of his constituents are bothered by the noises caused by helicopters flown by the press, paparazzi and tourists.

While the provision might be seen as a milestone, how far will the FAA go to control helicopter noise in one of the busiest airways in the nation? How will the FAA enforce new regulations? And how soon might residence have relief?


Rep. Adam Schiff, Democratic Congressman for California’s 28th District (Stretching from West Hollywood to the eastern border of Pasadena, and from Echo Park to the Angeles National Forest)  and a member of the House Appropriations Committee

Larry Welk, President of Angel City Air, a full service helicopter company; Former pilot and reporter for CBS 2 and KCAL 9


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