Torrance City Council to consider changes to helicopter routes

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The Torrance City Council tonight will consider changes to routes helicopters can take into and out of Torrance Airport.

For a while now, some people living near Torrance Airport have been complaining that helicopters fly too low over their neighborhoods. They formed a helicopter noise committee with aviation experts and government representatives and came up with a plan to help solve the problem.

It would change the route helicopters take around the airport and would place the choppers higher in the air, so the neighborhoods don't get as much noise. But the city's Airport Commission says requiring helicopters to fly at greater altitudes will put them in the way of airplanes – and that’s not safe.

The Torrance City Council staff has recommended going with the noise committee’s recommendation to change both the flight pattern and altitude of helicopters over Torrance.

It will be up to the City Council to decide whether to side with the noise committee or the Airport Commission. The meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at Torrance City Hall.