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City Council Endorses Helicopter Regulation Bill

The bill would set minimum flight altitude regulations on helicopters.

Northeast Los Angeles residents are no strangers to the sounds of helicopters hovering low overhead. 

Whether it's police helicopters pursuing a suspect or news crews angling for an aerial view of a developing story Angelenos are well acquainted with the sounds of the "chopper." 

However, On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of legislation proposed by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) that would provide some relief from the sound of buffeting blades.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The council voted to endorse a bill by Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village), who held a public hearing last week in Sherman Oaks to hear from residents whose neighborhoods are affected by noisy, low-flying helicopters.

If passed, the measure would direct the FAA to establish flight paths for helicopters and set minimum altitudes at which they can operate over certain areas of the county.

Support for the bill was not unanimous. Councilmember Richard Alarcon dissented, according to the Times, citing concerns that it would prevent law enforcement officials from effectively doing their jobs.

Richard Ortiz, a detective at the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Community Station, did not comment directly about the bill but said that helicopters played a critical role in crime enforcement.

"I think they are very important, they are the first ones on the scene," he said. "If there's an incident, and we know it's involving a red car, the guys in the helicopters are going to be the first ones to get there and get the location of the red car. That kind of thing leads to arrests on a daily basis."

Greg August 16, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Why is it these jerk-offs in copters have to "gun it" for no reason so often? And why is it that in major cities like San Francisco and New York the helicopter use in police activity is kept to a minimum? WTF??? 11 o' clock at night and a helicopter can park directly above your home gun it's engine to keep it's position for 45 minutes!! How is that legal?
Jinx August 16, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I'll remember how important they are the next time it's 1:30 am and the chopper is so close my windows are rattling and my house is trembling on its very foundations. AGAIN.
Nelson R Grande II August 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Now THIS is a Quality of Life issue I can stand behind.
Greg Abrahamian August 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Hi I live in Hollywood in the Vermont and Wilshire area, there is so much of helicopter activity, sometime we are waken up about 2am by them. I wish someone will do something about it. Low flying ones are the most bothersome.
preemero August 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I live by eagle rock park and that damn copter flies over head every single day at 5:00pm to 7:00pm that's the fall spring schedule summer its 7:00pm now I wonder if we have a nude sunbather around. Also when the police softball team plays do they really need the copter to fly over and have the pilots cheer them over the pa I personally think they should have a emergency call to use a copter not just fly around waiting for a crime or ballgame
Nelson R Grande II August 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The fuel that is used to fly around a baseball game is paid for by you and me.
Mr. jepg August 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
maybe because you could geographical fit both nyc and sf into LA about 18 times. and therefor helicopters are essential to LA law enforcement. I don't think they are hovering over your home for fun.
preemero August 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Not only the copter but the whole parking lot full of cop cars. I looked up the web site for the softball team and it said the games are played on their personal time but I find it hard to believe that when the company car is used to get you to the game

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