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The rumble over helicopter noise

Jan 7, 2014
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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s SWAT team helicopter flies low over homes in the search zone during a massive manhunt for a suspect who attempted to kill two LAPD detectives on June 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Spurred by frustration from Los Angeles area residents, California congressmen are advocating for a provision on helicopter noise to be included in a 2014 spending bill.

Last May, the Federal Aviation Administration released a 56-page document analyzing the noise caused by helicopters in the area, but failed to enforce any regulations. The FAA only made recommendations on how the communities could work with helicopter operators.

Residents say efforts to find a viable solution are taking too long, and little agreement is being reached between pilots and residents. Without regulations, neighborhood leaders are concerned the helicopters used by tourists, news media, and the police will continue to fly freely over their homes.

Guests:

Chuck Street, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Operators Association

Bob Anderson, President of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition

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