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,

Karyn Lagatta July 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thank Goodness! It has been horrible! I can hear them as I write this. Some nights it goes on for hours and the next day their is nothing about it in the news. It seems like more than a "flight pattern" issue. A couple of weeks ago we had several helicopters hovering above us for hours. I know that when we need them we need them but it seems excessive. I want to move.
Frank Mihelcic July 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The news traffic helicopters that hover early in the morningover the Ventura and Hollywood freeway interchange also needs to stop. They hover for 30 minutes just to do a 1 minute live traffic report. I have complained to the news stations but they have not stopped.
Suzanne Lewis July 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thank you Howard Berman. The helicopter noise near the 101 Freeway & Laurel is so bad it rattles our windows, awakens us in the middle of the night and keeps us up when they circles over head for an hour. This has to stop!
AJ July 05, 2012 at 07:58 PM
What Frank said. Living in NoHo with helicopters constantly hovering over one's apartment gets very old very quickly. They are one of the ever-growing list of reasons why I can't wait to move.
BARBARA HILLO July 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I live by Coldwater and Magnolia, I have reported low flying Helicopters for a year now, all thru the nite, it shakes my home and wakes everyone up. This seems to be their flight path?? It is almost every nite.
Jock July 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Most of the noise at night is made by Sheriff's and Police helicopters. Sometimes just "Observing". Nothing short of a policy change will help you on that. In the name of "Protecting" the community you lose sleep and are constantly on edge as your fight or flight instinct is stimulated by the many strange air currents and sounds of circling helicopters. The ones for News and traffic are inexcusable. Quality of life detractors. People from other cities can't believe it when they come here. As someone who lived in Hollywood for years my sympathies to you. It was so loud at night that we needed a large fan or AC to block the sound.
Christopher_W July 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
"I know that when we need them we need them but it seems excessive,", says Karyn. When exactly do we need helicopters? To transport a critically injured person? To follow a fleeing suspect after a bank hold-up? Really, I can't think of any other times. TV and radio helicopters should be permanently banned from L.A., and law enforcement helicopters used only in very limited circumstances.
John Q. Pubic July 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
If you don't like them, get hold of a surface-to-air missile or, failing that, an RPG. I *guatantee* the numbers of helicopter flights will drop to zero.
Michael Hampson July 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I'm confused by this issue. We live in the 21st Century where we have 21st Century technology and machines which make noise. We have cars, trucks, trains, jets, helicopters, construction equipment and the list goes on and on. Am I correct? I will agree that helicopter noise needs to be curtailed when we stop all car, truck, train, jet, construction noise and any other noise made by 21st Century technology. Let's be honest, what is the real reason why people don't want helicopter noise? We can figure out the answer by asking several questions. 1) If those who complain about helicopter noise needed rescued by a helicopter due to a natural disaster, would they refuse rescue by helicopter because it is too noisy? No. 2) If those who complain about helicopter noise needed emergency transport by a helicopter to a hospital due to an auto accident, would they refuse rescue by helicopter because it is too noisy? No. 3) If a helicopter noise complainer won the lottery tomorrow and purchased or hired a helicopter for personal transportation, would they still complain? No. What we know is this, people are complaining about helicopter noise because they can't afford to ride in one.
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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