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FAA Holding Public Meeting About Helicopter Noise. I SAID, THERE'S A MEETING ABOUT HELICOPTER NOISE!

Residents complain that many pilots are deviating from approach and departure paths at Van Nuys Airport, which are shortcuts that take them over residential neighborhoods.

The FAA will meet with people living near the Van Nuys Airport next month to hear complaints about increasing overflights by noisy helicopters, it was reported today.

The Daily News reported on its website that the FAA's acting administrator, Michael Huerta, has committed to a public hearing on the issue during the first week of August, somewhere near the airport.

Rep. Howard Berman told the Daily News late Tuesday that the hearing will let the public explain exact details about what residents say has been a steadily-worsening noise situation. Specific information about which companies or agencies make the most noise would be solicited.

The FAA would then consult with the helicopter operators and produce a public report on noise abatement, the Congressman told the newspaper.

"Our voices need to be heard so that the FAA will put the well-being of Valley residents before the convenience of a few helicopter operators," Berman wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News.

Van Nuys Airport, owned by the City of Los Angeles, is home to helicopters owned by charter firms, hospitals, individuals and TV stations. Residents complain that many pilots are deviating from approach and departure paths, which are shortcuts that take them over residential neighborhoods.

One resident told the Daily News that he feels that Los Angeles city fire helicopter pilots are among the worst offenders. Another neighbor, who has lived near the airport for 60 years, said the problem had significantly worsened in the past years,

Kyle Jenkins July 20, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Your an idiot. A helicopter circling a park for no reason is crazy. New York City doesn't employ the amount of helicopters that LA does. $16 billion in the hole. Let's buy another or 10 more... Get a life
Michael Hampson July 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
And yes, I did not leave my prediction. I will post my prediction now: I predict that people will not address each one of my points with a convincing argument. Everyone who is against my comment and makes a remark will simply push their agenda of hating helicopters without good reasons. Notice how Kyle refuses to provide compelling counter arguments to each of my points of contention?
Michael Hampson July 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Notice how Kyle calls me an idiot but fails at using the English language correctly. Kyle, you obviously need an English lesson: "You're an idiot." Or it could be written this way, "You are an idiot."
studiocitizen August 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I know you are trying to be funny, but making terrorist threats is illegal. Advocating or threatening to shoot down an aircraft can get you a visit from the FBI.
Dave Bennett August 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Michael -- I'm afraid you ARE an idiot, regardless of the grammar used to let you know about it! No one here is complaining about natural disaster rescues, life-flights, or millionaires cruising on a quick straight path to their resort getaways. Your arguments are ridiculous. People here are venting about the needless HOVERING over residential areas.

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