Ever been sitting in your home on a quiet evening, only to have your peace shattered by the deafening roar of helicopter blades? Then you’re not alone, and California politicians share your plight.
On Monday, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-28th) and Henry Waxman (D-33rd), and U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to impose stricter regulations on commercial helicopter flights.
The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the FAA to set guidelines on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operators in residential areas within 12 months of being signed into law.
“I hear complaints about helicopter noise from every part of the 33rd District — from Malibu to Brentwood to Benedict Canyon,” Waxman said. “FAA regulation of the thunderous helicopter traffic over L.A. is long overdue. And if the FAA won’t act, Congress must.”
The act, if passed, will reduce but not completely eliminate air traffic woes, however, as law enforcement, emergency responders, and the U.S. military would be exempt from these regulations.
“[R]esidents frequently suffer from noise generated by celebrity news media that follow stars to the beach, the grocery store, or for court appearances,” Schiff said. “The residents in these areas deserve peace and quiet, and if the FAA won’t act, Congress must pass this legislation to give residents the relief they need.”