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LADWP Launches Human External Cargo Program

LADWP Launches Human External Cargo Program

2-Dec-2019Source: T&D World

Back in the 1960s, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began using helicopters to patrol its transmission infrastructure spanning California, Utah and Nevada. Federally mandated climbing restrictions were the driving force behind a new program at LADWP — human external cargo (HEC). See Full Story.... Read more

Blade expands into Los Angeles

Blade expands into Los Angeles

4-Nov-2019Source: BLADE

BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc. (“BLADE”) is expanding in the Los Angeles area to include by-the-seat helicopter routes and a new Downtown LA rooftop heliport lounge just steps from hotels such as The NoMad LA, Ritz Carlton LA, The Standard DTLA, as well as the Staples Center. This development advances the company’s mission of enhancing... Read more

American Airlines partners with Blade at JFK and LAX

American Airlines partners with Blade at JFK and LAX

26-Feb-2019Source: American Airlines

American Airlines is expanding its exclusive Five Star Service options for its top customers traveling through Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). The new additions offer off-terminal entrance and private screening service with The Private Suite in LAX and a unique effortless travel experience to JFK or LAX airports with Blade, a digitally powered aviation company.... Read more

LA Tour Company Announces New Tour Packages For Summer

LA Tour Company Announces New Tour Packages For Summer

23-May-2018Source: Adventure Helicopter Tours

Adventure Helicopter Tours announces new helicopter tours and packages in the Los Angeles area. The helicopter tours over Los Angeles are one of the best ways to see everything without the hustle and bustle of everyday traffic, and cramped tour buses. There are multiple package variances to choose from, including everything from daily flights overlooking the... Read more

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

18-Apr-2017Source: Brand X Aviation

Los Angeles-based helicopter charter service Brand X Aviation to offer luxury VIP helicopter service to and from this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA in its twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are thrilled to be back this year offering this luxury experience to the faithful Coachella goers.  Starting the festival off... 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

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

LAX closes heliport without industry consultation

LAX closes heliport without industry consultation

21-Jan-2016Source: PHPA

Upon learning of a plan by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to permanently close the Los Angeles International Heliport, several Board Members of the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) met with the Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports on January 5, 2016. PHPA requested that the plan be canceled and the heliport reopened to... 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

Los Angeles Won’t Require Skyscraper Helipads

Los Angeles Won’t Require Skyscraper Helipads

1-Oct-2014Source: abc

The reform of Fire Department “Regulation No. 10” was announced Monday by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials during a news conference on the rooftop helipad of the downtown AT&T Center. “Every rule that we have is well-intentioned, well thought-out, but often outdated,” the mayor said. See Full Story... Read more

Rep. Schiff Hails FAA for Helicopter Noise decision in Los Angeles County

Rep. Schiff Hails FAA for Helicopter Noise decision in Los Angeles County

24-Sep-2014Source: Schiff House

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement that they would take an important role in helping to stem disruptive helicopter noise plaguing residents across Los Angeles County. The FAA indicated over the weekend that they would establish a comprehensive complaint system for helicopter noise operations – the first step necessary to... Read more

LAPD pick Helinet Technologies to upgrade microwave downlink across fleet

LAPD pick Helinet Technologies to upgrade microwave downlink across fleet

25-Feb-2014Source: Helinet

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to develop and support a technology upgrade of the microwave downlink system utilized by the department’s Air Support Division (ASD).  The existing downlink, which was also developed... 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

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

Fire Department relaxes Los Angeles Helipad Fire Code

Fire Department relaxes Los Angeles Helipad Fire Code

20-Dec-2013Source: DTLA Rising

The revised Helipad Fire Code in LA will see less flat-topped buildings.  HeliHub.com assumes the LAFD have found an easier way to extract people from a high-rise fire without using helicopters.  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

Save The LAX Heliport – 9th July meeting

Save The LAX Heliport – 9th July meeting

8-Jul-2013Source: PHPA

PHPA has been working all ‘levers’ available to us on your behalf to keep open the LAX Heliport. LAWA staff is threatening to close it. We need your help! As you know, LAWA Staff attempted to de-certify the heliport in March and April – quietly and without public notice. It appears that we stopped the... 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

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

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

Los Angeles Helicopters Secures GSA, will Train Federal Agencies, DHS, ICE

Los Angeles Helicopters Secures GSA, will Train Federal Agencies, DHS, ICE

11-Dec-2012Source: Los Angeles Helicopters

Los Angeles Helicopters, LLC (LAH), a leading helicopter flight training operator, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a GSA Schedule 874 contract (GS-02F-004AA) and are now certified to provide goods and services to the Federal Government. Federal agencies establish Government-wide contracts to simplify the procurement process. Through the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules... Read more

John D Silva – TV helicopter pioneer – dies at 92

John D Silva – TV helicopter pioneer – dies at 92

10-Dec-2012Source: LA Times

John D. Silva was the chief engineer for KTLA-TV in 1958 when he outfitted a helicopter with a TV camera and changed television news coverage forever. (see full story)... 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

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

Senator Schumer Re-Introduces Helicopter Noise Legislation

Senator Schumer Re-Introduces Helicopter Noise Legislation

7-Mar-2012Source: HAI

Having failed to get helicopter noise legislation into the compromise FAA authorization bill, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has broadened the scope of his proposal and is now trying to attach it to the highway trust fund authorization bill currently being debated on Capitol Hill. The proposed Schumer amendment now includes language affecting the south shore of Long... Read more

Angel City of Los Angeles buys Geneva Aviation’s New ENG Systems for their two AS350B2s

Angel City of Los Angeles buys Geneva Aviation’s New ENG Systems for their two AS350B2s

14-Feb-2012Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their subsidiary partner Geneva Aviation has been selected by Angel City Air of Los Angeles to provide new Electronics News Gathering systems and completions for two AS350B2 Helicopters. Angel City Air has selected Geneva Aviation’s Audio, Video, Microwave and Electrical Systems for two new aircraft. These two... Read more

NBC TV stations in NY and LA get new helicopters

NBC TV stations in NY and LA get new helicopters

29-Jan-2012Source: Broadcasting & Cable

KNBC in Los Angeles has been involved in a helicopter share with Fox’s owned stations, while sister station WNBC in New York will get its helicopter later this year. (see full story)... Read more

H.R. 2677 Los Angeles Noise Bill Update

H.R. 2677 Los Angeles Noise Bill Update

13-Jan-2012Source: PHPA

Do you know that Helicopter Noise Legislation now pending in the United States House and Senate could drastically affect how you fly and where you fly in Los Angeles? Do you know the effect this Legislation will have on your Aviation Business? “The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act of 2011″, H.R. 2677 introduced by... Read more

HAI’s Zuccaro Attends House Roundtable on LA Helicopters

HAI’s Zuccaro Attends House Roundtable on LA Helicopters

31-Oct-2011Source: HAI

HAI President Matt Zuccaro, accompanied by the presidents of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and the Los Angeles-area’s Professional Helicopter Pilots Association, attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the Aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to answer questions about helicopter operations. The roundtable was held to discuss legislation co-sponsored by three members... Read more

Congressman Berman secures review of LA helicopter complaints

Congressman Berman secures review of LA helicopter complaints

28-Oct-2011Source: Congressman Berman

Washington, D.C. – At Congressman Howard L. Berman’s (CA-28) request, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee is convening a roundtable to examine helicopter flight operations in metropolitan areas.  As author of H.R. 2677, the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Relief Act, Congressman Berman sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking member of the Aviation... Read more

Congressman introduces Bill to curb helicopters in LA

Congressman introduces Bill to curb helicopters in LA

29-Jul-2011Source: Congressman Berman

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Howard L. Berman introduced legislation to provide Los Angeles County residents relief from the ear-shattering noise and safety concerns caused by low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods.  The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act of 2011, H.R. 2677, would force the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to restrict helicopter flight paths and set... Read more

Lawsuit by LAPD helicopter pilot goes to jury

Lawsuit by LAPD helicopter pilot goes to jury

11-Aug-2009Source: LA Daily News

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