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Henry Waxman To FAA: Complete Actions Of Helicopter Noise Report

Henry Waxman is the U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district, serving in Congress since 1975. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
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Henry Waxman is the U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district, serving in Congress since 1975. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Posted Oct. 30, 2013, 9:31 am

Mirror Staff

Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) has joined fellow representatives Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Janice Hahn, Tony Cardenas, and Alan Lowenthal, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in sending a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta to request that the agency release its schedule for completing the next steps identified in the FAA’s Report on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative. 

At a field hearing hosted by Rep. Schiff in June, the FAA promised to complete several actions, and now almost five months later, has yet to report back to Congress.

“I hear repeatedly from constituents that low lying helicopters are causing havoc in their daily lives — interrupting sleep, wracking nerves and rattling homes,” said Waxman.  “The FAA promised us that they would execute a strategy to provide relief to LA residents, but it’s been over four months and we’ve yet to see any concrete plans. It’s time for the FAA to offer some firm solutions. And if the FAA won’t act, Congress must.”

The full letter is below:

The Honorable Michael P. Huerta

Administrator

Federal Aviation Administration

800 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20591

Dear Administrator Huerta:

We are writing to request that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) release its schedule for completing the next steps identified in the FAA’sReport on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative, published in May.

As you know, the FAA committed in the Report to “undertake and support the following actions:”

-- Evaluate existing helicopter routes to identify feasible modifications that could lessen impact on residential areas and noise-sensitive landmarks.

-- Analyze whether helicopters could safely fly at higher altitudes in certain areas along helicopter routes and at specific identified areas of concern.

-- Develop and promote best practices for helicopter hovering and electronic news gathering.

-- Conduct outreach to helicopter pilots to increase awareness of noise-sensitive areas and events.

-- Explore a more comprehensive noise complaint system.

-- Continue the collaborative engagement between community representatives and helicopter operators, with interaction with the FAA.

Although nearly five months have passed since the FAA made these commitments, we are concerned that we have not yet seen measurable progress implementing the steps specified in the report. 

We understand FAA officials recently attended a collaborative meeting in Los Angeles between community representatives and helicopter operators, and have upcoming meetings planned. We are pleased to see this ongoing dialogue. 

However, moving forward, we believe that it is critical for the FAA to develop and release to all stakeholders a schedule to complete the six steps outlined in the Report on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative. 

Having a clear process for how and when the FAA will complete the report’s next steps will greatly benefit the efforts to develop safe guidelines that reduce helicopter noise.

We ask the FAA to provide us with an update on its progress to date and a detailed schedule for completing actions specified in the report by the end of November, which marks the six month anniversary of the report’s release.  Thank you for your close attention to this issue. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Comments

Oct. 30, 2013, 3:04:59 pm

Fred said...

Waxman is a douche nozzle.

Oct. 30, 2013, 3:05:29 pm

ND said...

Why does Congressman Ratatouille hate aviation so much? I think he should be ordered on a "no fly" list where he is no longer able to be aboard a pesky aircraft again.

Oct. 30, 2013, 3:07:43 pm

Carry said...

Another fake who takes lobbyist money in one hand while pandering to his base with the other. Wouldn't surprise me a bit to find him pandering to a helicopter company on the other side.

Oct. 30, 2013, 3:11:24 pm

Bunch of whiners said...

If you live in a city, then helicopter noise is the least of your worries. How about we stop all sirens, car and bus noise, airliners, drunks yelling, car stereos... where does it end? Maybe if the noise bothers you so much you should move to the country. I hear the Dakotas are real nice and folksy, don't ya know!

Oct. 30, 2013, 3:14:54 pm

lol said...

Talk about looking like the creature that you most act like.

Oct. 30, 2013, 9:51:31 pm

senor said...

More power to the process, violence and anarchy not being solutions, at least by documenting attempts to get the FAA to listen, you are bringing attention to the topic.

Nov. 3, 2013, 8:05:00 am

George Hamori said...

Please address the plan noise adding to the helicopter noise. From early morning to late knight consistency flying over way past Mulholland Drive and turning North. This only happening just the last few years. This just adding to the helicopter noise.

Dec. 10, 2013, 12:00:00 am

Julie said...

So just because we live in a city, or rather glorified suburb, we should be subject to low-flying helicopters at almost every hour of the evening? Sorry, but I lived in Boston and NYC before moving here. I don't even recall helicopter noise in Boston, and despite living blocks from Riker's Island in Queens, I rarely heard more than a few helicopters per day, if even. And they sure as hell didn't fly past 11 at night.

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