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Helicopter operators, noise reduction advocates discuss FAA petitions for stricter noise regulations




A helicopter of the Mexican state Police fly over during a raid in a house at Floresta neighbourhood in Veracruz after explosions on October 10, 2011.
A helicopter of the Mexican state Police fly over during a raid in a house at Floresta neighbourhood in Veracruz after explosions on October 10, 2011.
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The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition filed four petitions last week with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) seeking stricter regulations on helicopter noise.

The regulations would require media helicopters to pool coverage, restrict the number of choppers that can hover in one place and how long they can do so, prohibit choppers from flying lower than 2,000 ft. above the ground (except during weather emergencies), and establish coastal shoreline routes for helicopters.

How much is too much when it comes to helicopter noise in L.A.?

It’s a question that has been debated ad nauseum over the years, often without reaching a compromise that works for everyone. People in neighborhoods where helicopter noise is frequent are tired of hearing choppers buzz their homes several times a week, be it LAPD or an independent operator, while aviators are concerned that too much regulation might keep them out of the sky altogether.

Do you think regulations like this would be reasonable? If not, what are reasonable regulations for helicopter noise? How often do you hear a chopper fly over your home? Is activity higher in some neighborhoods compared to others?

You can tweet us your thoughts using #soundsofLA

AirTalk guest Wayne Williams mentioned a few ways to report chopper noise: click here.

Guests:

Wayne Williams, board member for the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition

Chuck Street, executive director of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Operators Association