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Yaroslavsky, Berman Urge Helicopter Pilots Not to Disturb Residents During 'Carmageddon II'

A press conference was held on Tuesday at the Sherman Oaks Galleria roof parking lot, aimed at diluting helicopter noise for the upcoming Carmageddon II weekend.

Aside from the unyielding traffic ramifications of Carmageddon II, San Fernando Valley and Westside Los Angeles residents have another worry at the forefronts of their minds: helicopter noise.

Congressman Howard Berman, along with LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Assemblyman Mike Feuer, held a press conference Tuesday on the rooftop parking lot of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, urging helicopter operators to avoid flying low over the homes of residents so as not to disturb them this upcoming weekend. 

During the 2011 Carmageddon weekend, many residents complained that the helicopter noise put a wrench in what could have been a peaceful weekend, including Sherman Oaks board director Bob Anderson, who told the LA Times that a helicopter woke him and his wife up during the last Carmageddon

Helicopter noise has recently been a point of contention in the Valley. In August, Berman's LA Residential Helicopter Relief Act was approved by LA City Council after a large outcry from Sherman Oaks and Valley residents. 

Joanne Cohen September 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Thank you for thinking of us! Not very often we don't have freeway noise.
Claudia Lowry September 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I will fly if I am hired to fly. I will fly by the FAA regulations as always. I am also a Sherman Oaks resident and to be honest I do not see any helicopters flying at 500 feet or below unless they are LAPD or LAFD. Furthermore we do not hover! What does hovering mean for us helicopter pilots and operators? It means to fly in a stationary place or remain suspended without any forward, aft or side movements. It does not mean, 'to circle' or to linger in an area as the definition implies. Maybe the news helicopters might hover at a min of 3500 feet above ground, the police might be below 1000 feet above ground level. have any of you thought about how complex the airspace is ablve Los Angeles? It's not as though we can fly at any altitude we please. Please do not villainize all of us and you cannot stop us from running our business as long as we are all flying by FAA regulations.
Rachel H. September 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I have no problem that helicopters fly in Los Angeles, and I have never heard anyone state that the airspace above Los Angeles is not complex. I do not feel that helicopter operators should not be allowed to run their businesses. However, I do have a problem with hovering, whether it be a lay-person's definition, or a helicopter operator's definition. Whether a helicopter is "circling" or flying in a stationary position, it is still hovering to the person who is living beneath it. Granted, especially during the time of Carmageddon, the offenders are usually the news helicopters. Why it is "Breaking News" to watch construction beats me... However, whether they are at 500, 1000, or 3500 feet, hovering is still hovering, and it is still an unnecessary nuisance. And just because you, personally, as a helicopter operator, do not "hover" (which is appreciated) does not mean that the hovering does not exist.
Antoni Deighton September 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM
We've been spoiled by watching television with close-up shots taken from helicopters. But those helicopters are carrying very expensive zoom lenses fitted to gyro-stabilized mounts that makes it possible to get those close up shots from quite high altitudes. This is because the news helicopters must stay clear of the emergency helicopters operated by the police which must because of their job fly lower. The reality is that such restrictions to helicopter flight will, rightfully, exempt the emergency services, which because of the nature of the job (such as tracking suspects on foot, or hiding in buildings or brush) is often the source of most noise complaints. Meanwhile the tour operators and the news and traffic services will continue to fly at the higher more efficient altitudes they have always flown, while still bearing the brunt of most public anguish.

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