Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, saying voluntary controls for the "persistent fly-overs” were clearly insufficient.
The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, of low-flying police and news helicopters intruding on their suburban soundtracks.
Some news stations voluntarily curtailed the number and hours of helicopter flights during the second Carmageddon event on the 405 Freeway after fielding numerous complaints from residents and calls for restraint from L.A. officials.
But Schiff on Wednesday said he would take up stalled legislation introduced by Howard Berman – the Valley Village-area congressional representative who lost his longtime seat after a hard fought November election -- that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish rules on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopters in Los Angeles.
Schiff – who issued his statement after meeting with FAA officials on Wednesday – said the region’s mountains and canyon passes only amplify the impact to residents who must contend with the “intrusive, disruptive and often non-emergency related helicopter traffic above their homes and neighborhoods.”