A bill to reduce helicopter noise in the San Fernando Valley area will be discussed Oct. 27 at a meeting of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Howard Berman will take part in the roundtable meeting to discuss with subcommittee members problems faced by Valley residents from low flying helicopters.
Helicopter noise has become a hot button issue in the Valley and other parts of Los Angeles that attract the low-flying aircraft.
Berman introduced the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Relief Act as the result of complaints from Valley residents about noise from television news helicopters covering the close of the Santa Monica (405) Freeway in July.
The pending bill requires the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with flight path and minimum altitude regulations for helicopter operations in Los Angeles County. The bill exempts law enforcement, emergency responders, and the U.S. military.
“It’s time my colleagues in Congress understand why it is necessary that the FAA bring order to the skies above Los Angeles and at long last hold helicopter operators accountable,” Berman said in a prepared statement.