Officials demand FAA regulate helicopter noise in L.A. County

Asserting that voluntary guidelines won't work, elected officials on Monday night urged the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt regulations to reduce the noise and safety risks of helicopter flights over neighborhoods across Los Angeles County.

At a public hearing in Griffith Park, the officials targeted a recent FAA report, which concluded that controlling helicopter operations would be better with a voluntary approach instead of hard and fast rules that carry penalties.

The report, released May 31, is part of an effort to deal with choppers that fly low over neighborhoods, celebrities' homes and famous landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign or the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Residents have complained about such flights for years.

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-- Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times

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