The Transportation Committee of the California State Assembly approved a resolution March 19 urging Congress to pass a pending bill to address helicopter noise in Los Angeles County.

Helicopter noise and safety is a quality of life issue that residents in Los Angeles have had to deal with for far too long, said Assembly Member Mike Feuer, sponsor of the resolution.

“I hope the California Legislature’s support will increase the likelihood that Congress will act this year,” Feuer said.

Rep. Howard Berman introduced last summer the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Relief Act that would require the FAA 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.

Helicopter noise has become a hot button issue in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles that attract the low-flying aircraft, such as the Beachwood Canyon area in the Hollywood Hills near the Hollywood sign.

Mark R. Madler