Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) introduced a bill Monday requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to set guidelines for helicopters in Los Angeles County.
Schiff was joined in the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).
This is the second time this bill has been brought to federal lawmakers. Former Congressman Howard Berman first introduced it in 2011 after complaints from residents in the San Fernando Valley and the Hollywood Hills about low-flying helicopters.
The bill seeks the FAA to establish guidelines on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operators in residential areas in Los Angeles County. The restrictions would not apply to police, emergency or military helicopters.
“Residents deserve peace and quiet, and if the FAA won’t act, Congress must pass this legislation to give residents the relief they need,” Schiff said in a prepared statement.
In 2012, Schiff and Feinstein got Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to form a working group to study the issue of helicopter noise. The group has met with local residents, stakeholders and officials to discuss ways to address the issue.