LAAHNC Mission Statement
The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition is a voluntary ad hoc group comprising residents from areas across Los Angeles County. Our bipartisan mission is to recover and improve the quality of life throughout Los Angeles County by reducing helicopter noise in our communities, without compromising safety. We are committed to partnering with local neighborhoods and working with appropriate government agencies, helicopter pilots and operators, and other entities to enhance the environmental quality of our neighborhoods today and for future generations.
Congress Strongly Disappointed with FAA’s Lack of Demonstrated Progress
On March 24, 2014, two Senators and six Congressmembers submitted a letter to the FAA expressing their concern with the lack of progress on reducing helicopter noise in Los Angeles County.
FY14 Appropriations Bill Includes Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Provision
The FY14 Appropriations Bill approved by Congress and the President in January 2014 includes the following rider language on helicopter noise in Los Angeles which says that the FAA must begin developing helicopter noise regulations at the end of 2014 if voluntary measures have not worked. See our LAAHNC Legislation Support Letter for further information.
Sec. 119D. The Secretary shall (1) evaluate and adjust existing helicopter routes above Los Angeles, and make adjustments to such routes if the adjustments would lessen impacts on residential areas and noise-sensitive landmarks; (2) analyze whether helicopters could safely fly at higher altitudes in certain areas above Los Angeles County; (3) develop and promote best practices for helicopter hovering and electronic news gathering; (4) conduct outreach to helicopter pilots to inform them of voluntary policies and to increase awareness of noise sensitive areas and events; (5) work with local stakeholders to develop a more comprehensive noise complaint system; and (6) continue to participate in collaborative engagement between community representatives and helicopter operators: Provided, That not later than one year after enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall begin the development of regulations related to the impact of helicopter use on the quality of life and safety of the people of Los Angeles County unless the Secretary can demonstrate the effectiveness of actions taken under the previous proviso to address helicopter noise.
Court of Appeals Denies Helicopter Association International’s Challenge to FAA Authority Requiring Helicopters to Use Long Island Offshore Route
A recent decision of the Court of Appeals (District of Columbia), in the case of HAI v FAA, has strong implications for the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act of 2013 (S 208 and HR 456). The Helicopter Association International (HAI) challenged the FAA’s authority to regulate helicopter flights when it established a mandatory route off the coast of Long Island, NY. The Court found that the FAA did indeed have the authority to issue its regulations and denied HAI’s petition for review. Moreover, the Court found that the FAA has the power to “prescribe regulations to control and abate aircraft noise” as well as to make rules “to protect individuals and property on the ground.” This decision makes it clear that the FAA does have the power to implement regulations currently being proposed under the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act of 2013. You can read more at Appeals Court Rules Complaints Are Valid Basis for FAA Noise Restrictions.
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There Are Solutions To This Problem and LAAHNC Is Working On Them!