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GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

14-Jan-2021Source: GAO

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data for 2017 through 2019, over 50 helicopter operators conducted approximately 88,000 helicopter flights within 30 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (D.C. area), though limited data on noise from these flights exist. According to operators, these flights supported various missions (see table below). While the number of... Read more

ConnectSkies agency champions ‘green’ helicopters

ConnectSkies agency champions ‘green’ helicopters

2-Dec-2020Source: ConnectSkies

ConnectSkies, a new sustainable sales agency formed to help future aircraft owners, corporations, governments and investors make informed decisions on aircraft acquisitions – rating them on their green credentials, launches today.   www.ConnectSkies.com .  It is the creation of Gabriella Somerville, founder and former CEO of private aircraft charter and aircraft sales specialist, ConnectJets . ConnectSkies will also work with... Read more

North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

2-Nov-2020Source: FAA

A recently issued NOTAM effectively closes North Houston (9X1) Airport to helicopters from 1th October, except by minimum one hour’s prior permission (PPR).  This is apparently due to local noise complaints  ... Read more

Can aviation ever be truly green?

Can aviation ever be truly green?

27-Feb-2020Source: Air BP

There’s no denying that air travel has changed the way the world works, but our ability to fly pretty much wherever and whenever we like comes at an environmental cost, with aviation accounting for around 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions today. The sector is taking action though; in the UK, for example, the aviation... Read more

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

8-Aug-2018Source: Wandsworth Council

Residents living in three riverside boroughs near the London Heliport in Battersea are being subjected to noise levels that could pose a risk to their health. That’s the conclusion of a ground-breaking study, the first of its kind in the UK that monitored noise levels near the heliport over a five month period last year.... Read more

Program Executive Office for Aviation group is awarded

Program Executive Office for Aviation group is awarded

14-Mar-2018Source: US Army Environmental Command

A group from the Program Executive Office for Aviation has been recognized by the Army for their environmental improvements to the Army’s cargo helicopter aircraft and equipment. The Secretary of the Army selected the System Safety Environmental Working Group from PEO-Aviation’s Cargo Helicopters project office to receive the Environmental Award for Excellence in Weapons System... Read more

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

12-Aug-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The controversial proposals for a dual-service heliport at Almondsbury have now received planning approval, according to the Gazette series.  The site, close to the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways, will become the new base for both the National Police Air Service and the Great Western Air Ambulance in the Bristol area.  Both currently... Read more

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

1-Jun-2016Source: PHPA

On May 20, 2016, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association learned that the FAA denied all four of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition petitions to regulate helicopter operations over the Los Angeles Basin. The LAAHNC had asked the FAA for four (4) SFAR’s: * A 2000’ AGL minimum operating altitude for all helicopter operations,... Read more

Neighbours of Concession Golf Club object to helipad plan

Neighbours of Concession Golf Club object to helipad plan

14-Apr-2016Source: Herald Tribune

The western border of Concession Golf Club with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is 3,350 feet away from homes to the south, and 994 feet away from homes to the east in Panther Ridge Foxwood – and an acoustics evaluation found the likely impact to be negligible – but the neighbours still complained.  See full story... Read more

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

8-Apr-2016Source: CBS DFW

Bell plans to ask the FAA to let pilots at its training academy fly at a higher altitude, after noise complaints from residents and cities in Tarrant County close to where the manufacturer moved its training HQ last year.  See full story... Read more

PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

4-Apr-2016Source: PHPA

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association is troubled with the LAAHNC’s ongoing efforts to solicit helicopter complaints from Los Angeles residents.  Although we encourage people to utilize the Federal Aviation Administration’s automated helicopter noise complaint system when they are bothered by helicopter noise, it appears the LAAHNC may be encouraging people to “game” the system and... Read more

MTDC propose new helicopter service from Mumbai to Matheran

MTDC propose new helicopter service from Mumbai to Matheran

9-Mar-2016Source: Mid-Day

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has proposed a helicopter service from Mumbai to Matheran, but face a green block in the form of the Bombay Environment Action Group (see full story)... Read more

FAA welcomes Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement

FAA welcomes Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement

9-Feb-2016Source: FAA

“I am pleased that ICAO reached an international consensus on a meaningful standard to foster reduction in CO2 emissions from aircraft. We are encouraged by this success and believe it puts us on a promising path to secure a robust market-based measure later this year. This is another example of the administration’s deep commitment to... Read more

OFFICIAL – Downtown Manhattan HP tour flights to halve

OFFICIAL – Downtown Manhattan HP tour flights to halve

2-Feb-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Helen Rosenthal, and Margaret Chin have been instrumental in pushing forward new legislation, and were co-sponsors of the calls for restrictions of tourist helicopter flights taking off and landing at Downtown Manhattan Heliport. That legislation was given a hearing last November by the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection. On Monday 1st... Read more

Helicopter ban declined in eco-sensitive area of India

Helicopter ban declined in eco-sensitive area of India

14-Dec-2015Source: The Times Of India

The National Green Tribunal on Frriday declined to prevent flying of helicopters in the eco-sensitive zone at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand and asked the state to issue specific directions in consonance with the aviation policy. See Full Story  ... Read more

North Bengal plan for helipad in tiger reserve stalls

North Bengal plan for helipad in tiger reserve stalls

3-Dec-2015Source: Deccan Herald

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s grand plan to boost tourism in North Bengal by setting up a helipad in the middle of Buxa Tiger Reserve has encountered a major roadblock. See Full Story... Read more

Airbus starts flight tests with cleaner, more efficient engine

Airbus starts flight tests with cleaner, more efficient engine

12-Nov-2015Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has successfully completed the first flight test of the high-compression engine demonstrator aircraft at around 3pm on Friday, November 6th, at Marignane Airport. The development and flight test of this new technology demonstrator is part of the European Clean Sky initiative’s Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) program, with support for these flight... Read more

Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

9-Nov-2015Source: Siemens

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville has selected Siemens to be its long-term partner to address water and energy infrastructure needs and improve energy efficiency at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). Siemens was notified September 30, 2015 that it had been awarded the $24M Energy Savings Performance Contract... Read more

PHPA responds to petitions filed with FAA by Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Council

PHPA responds to petitions filed with FAA by Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Council

28-Oct-2015Source: PHPA

On October 20, 2015, the LAAHNC announced in a Press Release that they had filed petitions with the FAA asking for the establishment of mandatory regulations for helicopter flights above Los Angeles County. Despite published statements to the contrary from some of the stakeholder groups who maintain no significant progress has been made, the PHPA... Read more

Theatre raises noise complaint over future helipad at Hobart hospital

Theatre raises noise complaint over future helipad at Hobart hospital

28-Aug-2015Source: abc News

Tasmania is the only state without a helipad at its major tertiary hospital and there are plans to construct one as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment. See Full Story... Read more

FAA To Re-Evaluate Method for Measuring Effects of Aircraft Noise

FAA To Re-Evaluate Method for Measuring Effects of Aircraft Noise

11-May-2015Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. “The FAA is sensitive to public concerns about aircraft noise. We understand the interest in... Read more

AHS’ Hirschberg Reviews Lobbying and Noise Reduction Campaigns

AHS’ Hirschberg Reviews Lobbying and Noise Reduction Campaigns

3-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Mike Hirschberg, executive director of AHS International (the American Helicopter Society), outlined some of the ways that his organisation was helping both the civil and military helicopter industries. He said that through his organisation’s lobbying, NASA Aeronautics had received an extra $7 million in funding for its rotorcraft S&T (science and technology) budget in FY15,... Read more

Over 500 attend public meetings over New York helicopter noise

Over 500 attend public meetings over New York helicopter noise

18-Aug-2014Source: The Suffolk Times

Residents from three East End communities voted with their feet Monday and Tuesday, when more than 500 people attended three public meetings to stop low-flying aircraft from buzzing over their homes.     See Full Story... Read more

CAA urges UK aviation to improve noise performance and community engagement

CAA urges UK aviation to improve noise performance and community engagement

2-Jun-2014Source: CAA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a series of recommendations to help drive improvements in the way the aviation industry manages aircraft noise. More people in the UK are affected by aviation noise than any other country in Europe. With the Airports Commission currently considering proposals for increasing the UK’s aviation capacity,... Read more

Aviation Groups Fighting for New York’s East Hampton Airport

Aviation Groups Fighting for New York’s East Hampton Airport

29-May-2014Source: NBAA

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) is among the aviation organizations fighting to maintain access to New York’s East Hampton Airport (HTO), even in the face of adverse court rulings and ongoing pressure from local residents who complain about noise from helicopters, jets and seaplanes. “They’ve already increased landing fees 20 percent for jets and... Read more

Helicopter noise upsets Bend Airport neighbors

Helicopter noise upsets Bend Airport neighbors

5-Mar-2014Source: KTVZ

The open house at the Bend Municipal Court was called to discuss the process of of an upcoming environmental assessment for the proposed new helicopter area on the northeast part of the airport property.  See full story... Read more

AHS Noise Library Announced

AHS Noise Library Announced

24-Feb-2014Source: AHS

The use of helicopters is increasingly subjected to objections and concerns about noise. Particular examples currently are in New York and Los Angeles, areas where members of the public are attempting to essentialy eliminate helicopter operations, while members of Congress are proposing that severe limitations be placed on helicopter operations and the routes and altitudes... Read more

Congressman accuses FAA of slow timeline on LA helicopter noise initiative

Congressman accuses FAA of slow timeline on LA helicopter noise initiative

16-Feb-2014Source: Adam Schiff

Almost six months after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and other Los Angeles area lawmakers, including Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), sent a letter asking for a timeline to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative, the agency finally responded to the Los Angeles lawmakers (letter can be found here). This comes on... Read more

AEM Makes Improvements on the Road to ‘Greener Processes’

AEM Makes Improvements on the Road to ‘Greener Processes’

7-Feb-2014Source: AEM Corp

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp (AEM) is now capable of providing an environmentally safer chemical conversion coating for their aluminum products. AEM’s new chemical conversion coating process is in accordance with the standard ‘MIL-DTL-5541F, Type II’.  The trivalent coating process was introduced to AEM by a European OEM. This new non-hexavalent chromium coating process is RoHS and REACh compliant.... Read more

Australia – Helicopter noise complaints rise at Caloundra Aerodrome

Australia – Helicopter noise complaints rise at Caloundra Aerodrome

31-Jan-2014Source: ABC

A local helicopter training company has recently moved to the Caloundra Aerodrome and the number of flyovers in the area has angered local residents.  See full story... Read more

DLR researchers make big step towards helicopter noise reduction

DLR researchers make big step towards helicopter noise reduction

26-Jan-2014Source: DLR

Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) based at Göttingen and Braunschweig have succeeded for the first time in visualising the main cause of what makes helicopters so noisy while in the air. To do this, they conducted at times daring in-flight experiments – most recently in a quarry... Read more

Congress approves measure to cut helicopter noise in Los Angeles

Congress approves measure to cut helicopter noise in Los Angeles

21-Jan-2014Source: LA Times

A $1-trillion spending bill signed by President Obama on Friday requires the FAA to come up with regulations if voluntary efforts don’t work.  See full story... Read more

UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

5-Jan-2014Source: EDP24

Representatives from Hellesdon Parish Council will meet with Norwich International Airport chiefs and helicopter operators to discuss concerns about noise from helicopters based at the airport.  See full story The accompanying photo is from Norwich Airport, but is only representative.  Other operators at the airport include Bristow, NHV and Dancopter.... Read more

UK CAA adds noise certification data to online register

UK CAA adds noise certification data to online register

4-Dec-2013Source: CAA

Information on the current noise certificate, such as the certificated noise levels, is now available on G-INFO [the online register of British aircraft. Ed] against individual aircraft. If noise certificate data is available against a particular aircraft an additional label called Noise Certificate Information will appear on the main aircraft results screen. Further noise certificate... Read more

Okaloosa County to consider aircraft restrictions

Okaloosa County to consider aircraft restrictions

3-Nov-2013Source: NW Florida Daily News

A proposed change to Okaloosa County’s land development code would prohibit the use of a variety of aircraft in an around East Pass and Crab Island. See full story... Read more

Agreement limits helicopter tours at Jersey City heliport

Agreement limits helicopter tours at Jersey City heliport

31-Oct-2013Source: NJ.com

Responding to noise and safety concerns about helicopter traffic over the Hudson River, federal lawmakers announced an agreement to limit the number and hours of tourist flights operating out of a heliport on the Jersey City waterfront.  See full story... Read more

Nine politicians call on FAA to reduce Los Angeles helicopter noise

Nine politicians call on FAA to reduce Los Angeles helicopter noise

30-Oct-2013Source: Rep. Adam Schiff

Today, Representatives Adam Schiff, Henry Waxman, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Janice Hahn, Tony Cardenas and Alan Lowenthal, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, to request that the agency release its schedule for completing the next steps identified in the FAA’s Report on the... Read more

AgustaWestland targets year end for ISO 14001 certification of Vergiate plant

AgustaWestland targets year end for ISO 14001 certification of Vergiate plant

29-Oct-2013Source: AgustaWestland

Public opinion, private organisations and governments are expressing growing interest in environmental issues and sustainable development, thus helping to create an arena for the development of more stringent policies and laws that will promote environmental protection. In this context, AgustaWestland SpA has decided to launch a process for the development of an environmental management system in accordance... Read more

PHPA Volunteers Needed for Working Groups on Noise Issues

PHPA Volunteers Needed for Working Groups on Noise Issues

18-Oct-2013Source: PHPA

In an email addressed to PHPA Members, Board member Edward Story aimed to encourage PHPA members to volunteer for their Working Groups.  He reminded members that there have been two major meetings that the PHPA has had with the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (“LAAHNC”) in 2013, including one in February 12 at the VNY (Van Nuys Airport)... Read more

Helibrás certified as a Carbon Neutral Company

Helibrás certified as a Carbon Neutral Company

1-Oct-2013Source: Helibras

[electronic translation]  Helibras received last Thursday (26), the certificate of Company Neutral Carbon , granted by the Brazilian Institute for the Defense of Nature (IBDN) during the 12th Latin American Conference for the Preservation of the Environment, held in Trade Federation Goods, Services and Tourism of the State of São Paulo (Fecomercio). The certificate is... Read more

Eurocopter and SME Partners Set to Roll Out Groundbreaking Eco-Design Tool

Eurocopter and SME Partners Set to Roll Out Groundbreaking Eco-Design Tool

27-Sep-2013Source: Eurocopter

Together with its SME and research partners, Eurocopter celebrates today the completion of the development of a groundbreaking eco-design tool at its industrial site in Marignane (Bouches-du-Rhône, France). The result of a collaborative project involving purchaser and suppliers, the new tool will allow the various stakeholders in the industrial chain to significantly enhance the environmental... Read more

Eurocopter develops new concept for quieter landing procedures

Eurocopter develops new concept for quieter landing procedures

16-Jul-2013Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter has successfully demonstrated new landing procedures relying on augmented satellite guidance that can be tailored to more completely comply with the local environmental requirements. These new landing procedures were validated with a twin-engine Eurocopter EC155 during flight tests performed as part of the company’s participation in the Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator program –... Read more

HAI loses challenge to FAA Long Island route

HAI loses challenge to FAA Long Island route

15-Jul-2013Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today rejected a bid by HAI to overturn an FAA rule requiring helicopters to take the route over the Long Island Sound after north shore residents complained about helicopter noise. see full story... Read more

Eurocopter and SDV – a joint commitment to reducing CO2 emissions

Eurocopter and SDV – a joint commitment to reducing CO2 emissions

20-Jun-2013Source: Eurocopter

An innovative total support solution for Eurocopter helicopters in deployed operations was launched with a consortium agreement signed yesterday at the Paris Air Show by its five participants: Eurocopter, DAHER, DCI, Eurotradia and Vector Aerospace. This latest accord builds on a previous agreement, signed in 2011, that set a voluntary 20% reduction in CO2 emissions... Read more

FAA to hear from LA pilots and residents on noise pollution

FAA to hear from LA pilots and residents on noise pollution

12-Jun-2013Source: CBS Los Angeles

A Southland lawmaker will hold a public hearing Monday night to discuss a recent government report on helicopter noise across Los Angeles County. (See Full Story)... Read more

FAA advises against regulating helicopters over LA

FAA advises against regulating helicopters over LA

3-Jun-2013Source: SF Gate

A federal report released on Friday advises against issuing regulations to limit low-flying helicopters to cut down on chopper noise over the Los Angeles Basin.(See Full Story)... Read more

NY Jets Helipad has residents fuming

NY Jets Helipad has residents fuming

16-May-2013Source: CBS New York

The New York Jets have found themselves locked in a fierce battle with their neighbors, as hundreds of residents living near the team’s practice facility are protesting new construction plans for a helipad. (See Full Story)... Read more

Town Board Talks Helicopter Noise Abatement

Town Board Talks Helicopter Noise Abatement

25-Apr-2013Source: NorthFork Patch

Helicopter noise now ranks as the second biggest concern of Southold Town residents, just under speeding on town roads. (See Full Story)... Read more

AHS To Kick Off Noise Initiative

AHS To Kick Off Noise Initiative

11-Apr-2013Source: AHS International

Recent noise legislation and regulations are becoming a significant issue for helicopter operations, particularly in cities and natural parks, despite the significant progress in acoustics reduction in recent. As a result, AHS International is working with Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the manufacturers to look at both the technical and operational issues with helicopter noise,... Read more

GA Emissions Lawsuit Against EPA Dismissed

GA Emissions Lawsuit Against EPA Dismissed

5-Apr-2013Source: HAI

A federal court has dismissed a suit by environmentalists pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to decide whether lead emissions from general aviation aircraft engines endanger public health and welfare. The court said the issue is not one that it can take up under a provision of the Clean Air Act allowing “citizen suits.” Friends... Read more

California Senator weighs in on helicopter noise campaign

California Senator weighs in on helicopter noise campaign

19-Mar-2013Source: Sen. Ted W. Lieu

Sen. Ted W. Lieu introduced today a resolution urging President Obama and Congress to approve the pending Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act. “Los Angeles County residents who have endured the cacophony of seemingly endless helicopter flights over their homes need relief,” Lieu said about a bill that would ask the Federal Aviation Administration... Read more

Neighbours force hold on New Jersey State Police helipad

Neighbours force hold on New Jersey State Police helipad

15-Feb-2013Source: Barista Net

Bloomfield Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg reported that state officials had agreed to hold off on including a helipad as part of the construction of new State Police barracks on the Garden State Parkway. (see full story)... Read more

Schiff, Feinstein, Boxer introduce Bill to Regulate LA helicopter traffic

Schiff, Feinstein, Boxer introduce Bill to Regulate LA helicopter traffic

5-Feb-2013Source: Congressman Schiff

Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to provide Los Angeles County residents relief from the noise and safety concerns caused by low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would establish regulations... Read more

Noise Certification Standards for Tiltrotors

Noise Certification Standards for Tiltrotors

10-Jan-2013Source: HAI

A new rule amends the regulations governing noise certification standards for issuing type and airworthiness certificates for the civil, hybrid airplane-rotorcraft known as the tiltrotor. This noise standard establishes new noise limits and procedures as the basis to ensure consistent aviation noise reduction technology is incorporated in tiltrotors for environmental protection. It provides uniform noise certification... Read more

Cold spray system wins environmental technology award

Cold spray system wins environmental technology award

3-Jan-2013Source: US Army Research Lab

A project involving the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) cold spray technology was named one of six environment technology Projects of the Year, recognized for research and technology developments with significant benefits to the Department of Defense (DoD). The Supersonic Particle Deposition for Repair of Magnesium Aircraft Components project, led by Victor K. Champagne, Jr.,... Read more

US Rep. Schiff vows to continue LA helicopter noise fight

US Rep. Schiff vows to continue LA helicopter noise fight

7-Dec-2012Source: HAI

On Dec. 5, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California, saying voluntary controls for “persistent fly-overs” were insufficient. The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents regarding low-flying police and news helicopters. Schiff said he would take up stalled legislation introduced... Read more

Vector Aerospace reduces lighting costs

Vector Aerospace reduces lighting costs

7-Nov-2012Source: Digital Lumens

Digital Lumens today announced that Vector Aerospace, an industry-leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft operators around the globe, has upgraded a 158,000-square-foot helicopter maintenance facility to the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System. Replacing 400 Watt Metal Halide lamps, the System is saving 72% of... Read more

Okaloosa to consider restrictions on helicopter tours

Okaloosa to consider restrictions on helicopter tours

5-Nov-2012Source: NWF Daily News

New helicopter tour operations may be restricted to taking off and landing at Destin Airport if Okaloosa County commissioners approve a change to the Land Development Code. (see full story)... Read more

Redondo Beach Council backs federal helicopter noise bill

Redondo Beach Council backs federal helicopter noise bill

5-Oct-2012Source: The Beach Report

Federal legislation aimed at reducing helicopter noise over residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles has been unanimously backed by the Redondo Beach City Council. The Los Angles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act was introduced on July 28, 2011, by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys (see full story)... Read more

Environment protesters apply for helipads to block wind farms

Environment protesters apply for helipads to block wind farms

27-Sep-2012Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle

Some Benzie County residents launched a new weapon in their efforts to block rural wind turbine development: helicopters. (see full story)... Read more

FAA proposes tougher noise standards for helicopters

FAA proposes tougher noise standards for helicopters

20-Sep-2012Source: FAA

The FAA has issued an NPRM regarding noise standards on helicopters.  The full document is here, and we summarise it as follows Summary This rulemaking proposes to adopt more stringent noise certification standards for helicopters that are certificated in the United States (U.S.). This rule would apply to applications for a new helicopter type design... Read more

Bell is one of eight “America’s Safest Companies”

Bell is one of eight “America’s Safest Companies”

14-Sep-2012Source: EHS Today

EHS Today announced today that eight companies – ABB Inc., BASF Corp., Bell Helicopter, General Cable, Honeywell International Inc. – Honeywell Aerospace, Life Technologies, Ordnance and Management Solutions – URS, and Total Safety – have been named the 2012 America’s Safest Companies. Combined, the 2012 America’s Safest Companies employ more than 100,000 employees and contractors... Read more

Utah EMS helicopter moved after single complaint to FAA

Utah EMS helicopter moved after single complaint to FAA

31-Aug-2012Source: Deseret News

“I believe just one citizen complained and made a big enough stink that he got an FAA inspector to come out,” said Tony Henderson, president of Classic Aviation. (see full story)... Read more

IBM helicopter proposal draws noise concerns

IBM helicopter proposal draws noise concerns

24-Aug-2012Source: Patch.com

A hearing on a proposed helicopter landing pad at an IBM research center in southern Yorktown drew criticism of noise generated by a variety of helicopters but little other comment.  The town Planning Board closed the hearing after three residents spoke Monday night but will accept additional comments during the next 10 days (see full... Read more

Bell parent Textron named second worse polluter in US

Bell parent Textron named second worse polluter in US

16-Aug-2012Source: PERI

Researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today released the Toxic 100 Air Polluters (http://toxic100.org), an updated list of the top corporate air polluters in the United States. “The Toxic 100 Air Polluters informs consumers and shareholders which large corporations release the most toxic pollutants into our air,”... Read more

Senator Ted Lieu co-sponsors Los Angeles helicopter noise-relief act

Senator Ted Lieu co-sponsors Los Angeles helicopter noise-relief act

16-Aug-2012Source: Senator Lieu

The California State Legislature has approved Assembly Joint Resolution 25 by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), urging Congress to pass the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act (H.R. 2677 and S. 2019).  The resolution signals the Legislature’s support of the federal measure. H.R. 2677, sponsored by Representative Howard Berman and co-sponsored by Representatives... Read more

Helicopter tours in the Myrtle Beach area spark zoning changes

Helicopter tours in the Myrtle Beach area spark zoning changes

4-Jul-2012Source: Myrtle Beach Online

Horry County is considering creating new zoning rules for future helicopter tours after complaints from residents about noise from a new tour company that opened near their neighborhood (see full story)... Read more

Volusia County Sheriff helicopter base – environmental rule violations

Volusia County Sheriff helicopter base – environmental rule violations

27-Jun-2012Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

Volusia County sheriff’s officials are finalizing an agreement with the state to resolve environmental rules violations at the department’s helicopter facility at the DeLand Municipal Airport. A January inspection by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection found the department failed to fill out paperwork required for monthly inspections of the fuel tank used to store... Read more

ERHC opposes FAA-mandated north shore flight route

ERHC opposes FAA-mandated north shore flight route

6-Jun-2012Source: 27East

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council on Monday issued a statement in anticipation of the new Federal Aviation Administration regulation, claiming the mandate would “exacerbate air traffic congestion and make helicopter noise permanent over some communities.”  (see full story)... Read more

Helibras promotes sustainability actions in Environment Week

Helibras promotes sustainability actions in Environment Week

5-Jun-2012Source: Helibras

(electronic translation from original)   The Helibras actions will promote awareness and concern for the environment from the 4th of June, to celebrate Environment Week. Practices such as recycling and saving energy and water, already deployed in units Itajubá (MG) and São Paulo (SP), will be expanded with new initiatives such as cooking oil collection and... Read more

Mayor Bloomberg to stop using E34 Heliport on weekends

Mayor Bloomberg to stop using E34 Heliport on weekends

24-May-2012Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=8673840

A neighbour has been videoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg using his S76 in and out of East 34th Street Heliport at weekends when the heliport is closed.  Sounds to us like a mismatch between Bloomberg considering that heliport is open although the terminal is closed and fuel not available – and the neighbours who... Read more

Australia – All barriers cleared for Heli-Experiences to start Hanson Bay flights

Australia – All barriers cleared for Heli-Experiences to start Hanson Bay flights

17-May-2012Source: The Islander

Helicopter joy flights could start from Hanson Bay by spring, with the court appeal by EcoAction discontinued.  Heliexperiences director Guy Maine said he was delighted that all actions ihad been concluded and there were now no impediments to the launch of the business. (see full story)... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Continues Green Leadership with Solar Power Array

Blue Hawaiian Continues Green Leadership with Solar Power Array

15-May-2012Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the largest and most successful aerial tour company in Hawaii, has installed a solar power system on the roofs of its two Operations Center buildings at the Maui Heliport. The Blue Hawaiian array consists of 432 panels providing 102 kw of power, which handles, on average, 90 percent of Blue Hawaiian’s electrical... Read more

HAI – Not Too Late to Weigh in on Alexander Amendment!

HAI – Not Too Late to Weigh in on Alexander Amendment!

10-May-2012Source: HAI

The U.S. Congress has kicked off conference negotiations on the Highway Bill that contains the maligned Alexander Amendment. The amendment contains provisions that strip away control of national park airspace from the congressionally mandated FAA and gives the power to regulate airspace to the ill-equipped National Park Service. Conferees have precious little time – approx.... Read more

HAI seeks help blocking National Park Air Tour Amendment

HAI seeks help blocking National Park Air Tour Amendment

1-May-2012Source: HAI

The U.S. House of Representatives has now selected its conferees to iron out differences with the Senate over competing versions of the Highway Reauthorization Bill. Embedded in the Senate version, S. 1813, is language inserted by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that usurps FAA authority to regulate air tour operators over national parks, and instead gives... Read more

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