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Helicopters Are Ruining Shakespeare In The Park: Patrons, Pols – NY Post

July 18, 2021 – Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. It’s as if the centuries-old words of William Shakespeare could have predicted the nightly annoyance that occurs as his play is performed in Central Park — helicopters buzzing above the stage. One week into the performance of the Bard’s “Merry Wives” at the open-air Delacorte Theater, patrons are banding together to stop — or at least divert — the incessant chopper traffic overhead. “It’s distracting, disruptive. Every time a helicopter is hovering, your eyes switch from the actors on the stage to above you. … It’s alarming,” fumed Upper West Sider Melissa Elstein, who told The Post she counted six low-flying helicopters on opening night at the 1,800-seat venue July 7. Read more…

Chopped! CB4’s WPE Wants Public Park’s Poor Player VIP Heliport Grounded for Good – Chelsea Community News

June 10, 2021 – On the evening of Thursday, June 10, after a lengthy meeting, Community Board 4’s Waterfront, Parks & Environment (CB4’s WPE) Committee announced they would begin the process to shut down the West  30th Street Air Pegasus V.I.P. Heliport, which is owned by Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT, the Trust). The meeting can be viewed on CB4’s YouTube channel. Click here to do so. Read more…

New York City’s Growing Helicopter Problem – Quiet Communities

June 2, 2021 – Stop The Chop NY/NJ, a non-profit, volunteer led organization and wide based coalition that has been calling for the passage of introduced legislation that would stop the noise, as well as the air pollution, emanating from these non-essential tourist and commuter helicopters. The organization has stressed that noise and air pollution are hazardous to health and well being, which is supported by a growing body of research linking noise to adverse health effects. They also point to the risks to life and property with so many low-flying helicopters over the country’s most densely populated city – not to mention the security and terrorism risk of a possibly hijacked helicopter beying used as a weapon of destruction as tragically happened on 9/11 with airplanes. Read more…

NYC Mayoral Candidate Makes Noise An Issue – Quiet Communities

June 1, 2021 – In addition to promising to ban nonessential helicopter flights, Stringer added that he would also work to “crack down on illegal dirt bikes” and advocate for quieter ambulance sirens. One hopes that Stringer’s comments will lead other candidates in the mayoral race to comment on their plans to reduce noise in a city that has seen its already high noise complaints rise even more during 2020. With noise complaints high on the list of calls to 311, and the finding by New York State Comptroller DiNapoli in his 2018 report that most New York residents who call 311 are dissatisfied with the way their noise complaints were handled, it is essential that the next mayor pay greater attention to the noise issue. Read more…

Quality-of-life Issues Take On Growing Importance – NY Times

May 31, 2021 – Mr. Adams was hardly the only candidate to take on quality-of-life issues in recent days — in fact, the problems are increasingly occupying the spotlight in this year’s mayoral race. Last week, Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller released a proposal to reduce noise pollution, in part by banning nonessential helicopter flights and promoting efforts to “curb rampant drag racing and get ATVs off the streets.” The proposal was called “Hear Our Noise Complaints!” — or “H.O.N.C.!” Read more…

The View From Above And Below: The Helicopters and Our Commons – Gotham Gazette

May 28, 2021 – “Like many of my neighbors on the UWS I profoundly dislike and resent the tour helicopters that seem to unceasingly harass us on beautiful days, lining up equidistantly over the Hudson as if they were jets ready to land at JFK. Only they don’t land. They tremble and hover and circle stridently.” Read more…

Uptown Politician Releases Plan To Combat Noise: What To Know – Patch

May 25, 2021 – A residential parking permit program, the banning of any nonessential helicopter flights, and an update to the NYC noise code are just three of the steps an Upper Manhattan politician says he would take to combat growing noise pollution issue across the city. On Tuesday, Council Member Mark Levine, who is also running for Manhattan Borough President, released 10 steps he would take if elected to the position that would “curb excessive noise pollution and noise nuisance in our communities.” Read more…

Quiet! NYC Mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer promises to Crack Down On Annoying Noise – NY Daily News

May 23, 2021 – “Stringer said he wants to ban “nonessential” helicopter flights, starting with an executive order to get the city Economic Development Corp. to take steps to enact a prohibition.” Read more…

There’s No One In Charge Of New York’s Noisy Helicopters – Curbed

May 17, 2021 – “Any place you have these tourism helicopters, and this density of flights in the air, is a dangerous situation,” Robert Gottheim (district director for Congressman Nadler) says. “The FAA doesn’t want to regulate, so that’s why Congress needs to step in.” Read more…

Elected Officials Push Again To Curb Helicopters As UWSer Says She ‘Literally Cannot Get Any Rest’West Side Rag

April 7, 2021 – “The community is fed up with the issue, which has been brought up during CB7 meetings as far back as 2013.” “The frequency of these helicopters, 7 days a week, is so high I literally cannot get any rest,” said one local resident in the April meeting, whose livelihood as a sound engineer is being impacted by the constant noise. “I just don’t understand how this has been allowed to happen.” Read more…

NYC Copter Crash Exposes Deadly Loophole For Aerial Sightseeing – Bloomberg

March 23, 2021 – The five people who signed up for a helicopter sightseeing flight above New York City three years ago might have expected that aviation regulators were looking after their safety. Read more…

New York City Helicopter Access War Heats Up – AIN Online

March 17, 2021 – New York City has had a troubled relationship with the helicopter industry ever since the Sikorsky S-61 accident atop the Pan Am building in 1977, killing five. But what had been an uneasy détente for decades now appears on the verge of total war, with leading city officials pushing to purge civil rotorcraft from Gotham’s skies—forever. Paul Vallone is leading the charge. The chairman of New York City Council’s Committee on Economic Development (CED) has little sympathy for the helicopter industry there. Read more...

Have You Heard That Buzzing? – Our Town

March 12, 2021 – Maybe you’ve heard them hover overhead as you jog through Central Park, relishing in a much-needed dose of fresh air. Maybe their buzzing drives you toward the brink of insanity while you attempt to work from home, stuck in the same apartment where you peruse Netflix each night before falling asleep. Or maybe, like New Yorker Melissa Elstein, you find the helicopters bothersome enough that you’ve considered leaving the city for good. “It’s detracted so much,” she explained of her and her husband’s outlook, “that, you know, at times we have contemplated moving.” Elstein is an organizer and secretary for Stop the Chop NYNJ, a local group committed to ending non-essential helicopter excursions over New York City. Read more…

Brooklyn Reps Reintroduce Bill To Curb Noisy Helicopter Flights – Brooklyn Eagle

March 11, 2021 – In the face of continuing complaints about helicopter noise in waterfront areas, from Brooklyn Heights to Manhattan’s West Side, three U.S. representatives with Brooklyn districts have reintroduced the Improving Helicopter Safety Act, which expired at the end of the last Congressional session. While the bill’s impact would be almost completely local, federal legislation is required because any air traffic is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more…

In Hudson County, A Renewed Push To Ground Helicopter Tours – The Jersey Journal

March 8, 2021 – From Hudson County’s waterfront, you can’t miss the helicopters. The aircraft are out every day, cruising low over the Hudson or circling the Statue of Liberty so tourists can snap photos. Some choppers also ferry the wealthy to and from New York City and to area airports. Now, two pieces of proposed federal legislation could put an end to those flights. Read more…

NYC Congressional Reps Will Try Again To Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights Over NYC – The Gothamist

March 7, 2021 – Manhattan’s congressional representatives are still fighting to ban non-essential helicopter traffic over the five boroughs, they announced during a press conference on Sunday. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, announced alongside Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Nydia Velazquez that they would re-introduce legislation on Monday that would cut down on helicopter traffic and noise pollution by barring non-essential helicopters from flying over NYC. The bill, called the Improving Helicopter Safety Act, was first introduced in 2019, according to the lawmakers. Read more…

Lawmakers re-introducing legislation to ban non-essential helicopters over New York City – ABC7 New York

March 7, 2021 – There is a renewed push to ban non-essential helicopter flights over New York City. Congressional lawmakers announces plans to re-introduce the Helicopter Safety Act on Capitol Hill Monday. Read more…

As Commuter ‘Copter Service Gets Set to Start Up, the “Helicopter Highway” Over the UWS Could Get More Crowded – West Side Rag

March 2, 2021 – Upper West Siders have been growing more stressed about helicopters hovering over the neighborhood for the past year, and now it looks like a whole new fleet may be on its way. Two companies — Blade and Ross Aviation — are teaming up to offer commuter helicopter rides between New York City and Westchester County Airport. Read more…

Tuesday’s Headlines: Helicopter Misery Addition – StreetsblogNYC

February 23, 2021 – After a few days of helicopter coverage, we asked Mayor de Blasio why the city even allows helicopters — with their noise and pollution — when the total benefit to the city coffers is a mere $2- to $3-million in rent at two city-owned heliports. Read more…

Lander: City Must Study Whether the ‘Benefit’ of Helicopters Covers Their Egregious Health CostsStreetsblogNYC

February 22, 2021 – A Brooklyn council member is demanding that the city investigate whether the economic benefit of helicopter travel to, from and simply around the city outweigh the horrendous, but harder-to-calculate, deleterious affect of the noise and pollution created by the wheezing whirlybirds. Read more…

Northeast Queens Lawmaker Introduces Legislation To Mitigate Helicopter Noise – QNS

February 18, 2021 – In a concerted effort to mitigate helicopter noise across the city’s skies, Councilman Paul Vallone chaired a hearing of the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development, during which he introduced several new pieces of legislation. Read More…

Stop the Chop NY/NJ announces widespread community opposition to expansion of helicopter commuter flights between NYC and WestchesterBrooklyn Daily Eagle

New flight path threatens to increase adverse noise and environmental impact that non-essential helicopters pose to NYC and surrounding areas . Read More…

Stop The Chop Coalition Gains Support of Central Park Conservancy, Presents to CB7I Love The UWS

February 7, 2021 – Recently, members of Stop the Chop NY/NJ – Andrew Rosenthal (President) and Melissa Elstein (Secretary) – connected with members of Community Board 7’s ‘Parks & Environment’ and ‘Transportation’ committees over a Zoom conference to discuss the banning of non-essential helicopter flights over the NY metropolitan area. Read more…

Fed Bill Hits Hard On Commercial Helicopter RoutesBrooklyn Daily Eagle

January 25, 2021 – “In the latest legislative move to curb noisy helicopter and other flights over Downtown Brooklyn, other areas adjoining New York Harbor and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan) has introduced “The Safe and Quiet Skies Act,” along with several representatives from other areas of the country. The bill, according to Nadler’s office, would mandate strict regulation of commercial air tour operations to address defense risks and community disruption, including no overflights of defense, parks, cemeteries, and other sensitive installations and minimum altitude maximum noise limits on all flights.” Read more…

Hoping to Make Whirlybirds an Endangered SpeciesThe Broadsheet Daily

January 25, 2021 – “In addition to banning tour flights over National Parks, the legislation would require that tour operators fly above 1,500 feet at all times (with very limited exceptions for emergencies and takeoff/landing) and require that tour flights over occupied areas (including residential, commercial and recreational zones) emit noise no louder than 55 decibels—the same level of noise commonly allowed for residential areas. The bill would also allow states and localities to impose additional, more rigorous requirements on tour flights.” Read more…
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Save Our Waterfronts from Our Open Skies: New York & New JerseyGotham Gazette

January 11, 2021 – The coalition put together by Stop the Chop includes both United States senators from New Jersey, U.S. Congressional Rep. Abio Sires, and mayors of Bayonne, Edgewater, Guttenberg, Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, and several more. Cohen and Pesin are voicing a parallel grievance to that published by former New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Governors Island Alliance executive director Merritt Birnbaum in the New York Times in 2016. Read more…

Norton, Bass Lead Letter to President-Elect Biden on Combating Aircraft NoisePress Release

December 31, 2020 – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) led a letter this week urging President-elect Joe Biden to appoint Federal Aviation Administration officials who will use creative approaches to solve noise problems from aircraft. Norton has long led the effort in the House to combat airplane and helicopter noise in the nation’s capital and across the country.  Read more…

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Op-Ed | Is Mayor Pete the answer to NYC’s big noise problem?AMNY

December 16, 2020 – New Yorkers are no strangers to noise – ambulance and firetruck sirens, the honking of horns in congested traffic, car alarms, and construction are hallmark sounds of our great city – but a more concerning noise has become a daily presence, helicopters. Read more…

Audit Slams FAA Oversight of Supplemental Harnesses For Open Door Flight Operations – Vertical Mag

December 14, 2020 – More than two-and-a-half years after the drowning deaths of five FlyNYON passengers on a doors-off helicopter tour flight, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still lacks an effective process for ensuring the safe use of supplemental restraints for open-door helicopter operations. Read more…

East Hampton contemplates airport closing in move that could impact other townsRiverhead News Review

December 12, 2020 – “Realistically, it is the only viable solution to eliminating, or even reducing, the impacts of helicopter traffic on our residents,” he said. “It is a bold step by the Supervisor which underscores the scope of the problem and the lack of authority municipalities have to regulate activities in our towns’ authority — seized by federal agencies who are nothing more than taxpayer-funded lobbyists for the very industries they are supposed to regulate.” Read more…

How human-made noise affects animalsSilencity

December 8, 2020 – As I have written in previous posts, human-made noises have not only adversely affected the health and well being of people, but these noises also affect the well being of many species with whom we share this planet. Human-made noise forces the increased volume of urban bird calls, resulting in stress to some species, and deep-sea mining interests may have disrupted the lives of sea creatures for many years to come. Read more…

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Helicopter Noise Complaints Soar On Parts Of Upper East SidePatch

December 1, 2020 – Complaints about noisy helicopters have risen by nearly 50 percent on the Upper East Side this year, according to 311 data from the city. Read more…

Noise Is Driving Stuck-At-Home New Yorkers Nuts, 311 Data ShowsYahoo News

November 27, 2020 – Take the chuff-chuff-chuff of whirling helicopter blades flying over high rises. Complaints to 311 about helicopter noise are up more than 130 percent over 2019, as detailed in a report by THE CITY. Read more…

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Can the Manhattan Borough President Stop the Chop?Gotham Gazette

November 26, 2020 -Thanks to an onslaught of out-of-town tourist helicopters and small planes flying over New York landmarks, a quiet weekend day in Central Park or Governors Island or the Brooklyn waterfront has become a thing of the past. Read more…

Stressed New Yorkers File Record Helicopter Noise ComplaintsSilencity

November 24, 2020 – Jose Martinez, The Cityreports that helicopter complaints to 311 have soared with several thousand more reported through mid-November than were reported for all of 2019–7,758 complaints up to November 15, 2020, versus 4,400 for 2019. Martinez rightfully notes that the noise emanating from the helicopters make New Yorkers feel even worse, now that so many are cooped up in their homes. Martinez quotes one New York resident as saying the “noise just makes you crazy” and another saying that “I have wanted to run into the street screaming.” Read more…

Helicopter Noise Complaints Sky High as Anxious, Cooped-Up New Yorkers Feel Buzzed – The City

November 12, 2020 – Complaints to 311 about helicopters noisily hovering above New York have soared this year — with an analysis by THE CITY showing a more than 130% increase over 2019. Read more…

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Ending Aircraft Noise Is a Priority for Community Board 7NYC Reopens

October 20, 2020 – Upper West Side residents, fed up with low-flying aircraft, are speaking out. On a two-hour Zoom call last Tuesday, the transportation committee for Community Board 7 spent most of the time airing their grievances about noise and environmental damage caused by private helicopters. Read more…

Sightseeing Helicopter Tours Bounce Back To Disturb New Yorkers’ Fragile PeaceGothamist

September 23, 2020 – Visitors to Central Park in recent weeks have had their peace repeatedly disturbed by extremely loud sightseeing helicopters hovering low over the park.

Among those aggravated by the chopper activity is Adrian Benepe, the former New York City Parks Commissioner under former Mayor (and helicopter pilot) Michael Bloomberg. On Sunday, Benepe said he noticed a number of helicopters hovering over Central Park’s North Meadow by 100th Street where he was attempting to get some peace and quiet. Read more…

New York City’s Noisy, Dangerous, Open SkiesGotham Gazette

September 11, 2020 – For New Yorkers living below the flight paths of what helicopter companies consider to be photogenic or interesting neighborhoods, Labor Day weekend was sheer hell. And, ironically, very few of those noisy, polluting, low-flying helicopters flew from New York-based heliports. Read more…

NYC helicopter company in deadly 2018 crash ignores social distancing during coronavirus pandemicNY Daily News

May 28, 2020 – A helicopter sightseeing company that lost five passengers in a 2018 East River crash is setting aside social distancing rules as it offers big discounts to lure customers in the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…

New York woman sues after she claims she was blown off her bike by a helicopterWPDH

March 9, 2020 – Read more…

New York’s Wrongly Open SkiesGotham Gazette

February 12, 2020 – Helicopter crashes in the skies of New York City — two in 2019 —temporarily bring renewed attention to the odd situation by which hundreds of vehicles weighing up to 12,000 pounds each fly low every day over the country’s densest city, a city that was attacked from the air in 2001. Read more…

Kobe Bryant helicopter lacked recommended safety deviceAP News

January 28, 2020 – The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine because the pilot may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded mountain, federal investigators said Tuesday. Read more…

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New York City helicopter crash in 2018 was ‘survivable,’ secondary harnesses ‘unsafe’: NTSBABC News

January 25, 2020 – A tourist helicopter crash in New York City’s East River that killed all five passengers was “survivable,” but a secondary harness system likely preventing them from escaping, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Read more…

Missing Hawaii Tour Helicopter Found; 6 Confirmed DeadPatch

December 28, 2019 – A Hawaii tour helicopter missing since Thursday has been found, and authorities have confirmed six people on board are dead and one is missing. The search for the final person resumed on Saturday. There are no indications that anybody survived the crash, authorities said Friday night after the remains of six of the people on board were found, The Associated Press reported. Read more…

Lawmaker Seeks To Permit Airports To Set Noise RestrictionsAIN Online

December 16, 2019 – A Colorado congressman has drafted a bill that would permit general aviation airports to impose a range of operational restrictions—such as type of aircraft that can use their facilities—in response to local noise concerns. Offered by Rep. Joe Neguse (D), the Aircraft Noise Reduction Act is the latest introduced in recent months designed to facilitate local control over operational restrictions with others focused on helicopters and air tours. Read more…

NTSB: Fatal FlyNYON flight was exploiting ‘loophole’ in regsVertical Mag

December 11, 2019 – The doors-off helicopter tour company FlyNYON built its business on a regulatory loophole, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should step in to close it. Read more…

Brooklynites drowning in helicopter noise since Uber Copter, Blade launch New York Post

December 7, 2019 – An influx of on-demand chopper services like Uber-Copter and Blade offering airportgoers an alternative to Manhattan gridlock for as little as $95 are flooding the skies over brownstone Brooklyn and lower Manhattan — and assaulting residents’ eardrums. Read more…

The Unfriendly Skies Above New York CityNew York Magazine

October 27, 2019 – Earlier this month, Uber made a feature called “Copter” available to all of its users in New York City. Now, for a few hundred dollars, anyone with the Uber app can splurge on a quick, relatively glamorous airborne trip to Kennedy airport. Read more…

Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights In NYCWCBS News Radio

October 26, 2019 – After several deadly crashes over the last few years, lawmakers are now looking to ban most helicopter flights over New York City. Read more…

Reps. Maloney, Nadler, Velazquez Introduce Legislation to Address NYC’s Helicopter Safety NeedsPress Release

October 26, 2019 – Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and Nydia M. Velazquez (NY-07) joined local elected officials and community groups to announce the introduction of their Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019. Read more…

NY Lawmakers Seek To Ban Nonessential Helicopters From The City’s AirspaceUptown Radio

This is a story about a potential helicopter ban proposed by New York City lawmakers. Listen now…

De Blasio Renews Calls To Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights In NYCWCBS News Radio

October 25, 2019 – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday called for an end to all non-essential helicopter flights over Manhattan as he hinted that he was leaning towards phasing out all tourist flights in New York City. Read more…

New York Lawmakers Want To Ground Commercial Helicopter FlightsGothamist

October 25, 2019 – Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velázquez and Jerrold Nadler have introduced legislation at the federal level that would ban “non-essential” helicopter traffic in New York City, with emergency services and news organizations still permitted in the city’s airspace. Read more…

Uber Copter Will Be A Disaster For The EnvironmentInverse

October 19, 2019 – Uber Copter is a service where New Yorkers can ride in a helicopter from Manhattan to JFK International Airport for about $200. That might sound pretty cool, especially if you’re rich and can actually afford that fare, but it’s really bad news if you’re worried about climate change. Read more…

We pit the Uber Copter vs. public transit in a race to JFK — here’s who wonNY Post

October 6, 2019 – One is a bumpy, deafening and slightly nauseating way to get to John F. Kennedy Airport — the other is public transportation. The Post put Uber’s new helicopter shuttle to JFK to the test, racing the car-sharing company and its chopper from Midtown to the hub against old-fashioned New York City Transit — which proved three minutes swifter at a sliver of the price. Read more…

Passenger alcohol use and ‘shoe selfies’ may have played role in deadly FlyNYON photo flight – Vertical Mag

September 27, 2019 – The passenger who appears to have inadvertently cut off fuel to the engine during a fatal FlyNYON doors-off helicopter flight was under the influence of alcohol at the time, newly released documents reveal. The documents also confirm previous reports that, in the moments before the aircraft plunged toward New York City’s East River, he had been working feverishly to obtain “shoe selfies” — the company’s oft-touted photographic souvenirs from the flights — and that activity likely contributed to the eventual crash. Read more…

Marine Park residents frustrated with helicopters flying over communityNews12 Brooklyn

August 4, 2019 – A concerned Brooklyn resident called into News 12‘s Ask the Borough President Show about a heavy helicopter presence in her neighborhood. Read more…

Northeast Queens lawmakers call on FAA to make alternative North Shore Helicopter Route permanentQNS

August 2, 2019 – Two lawmakers are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make an alternative helicopter route permanent following its success in northeast Queens. Read more…

That Noise? It’s the 1%, Helicoptering Over Your Traffic JamThe New York Times

August 1, 2019 – Helicopter service is blossoming across the New York region, showing how income inequality affects even the basic commute. Read more…

Federal DOT probe into “doors-off” helicopters set to launch as Schumer, Gillibrand laud investigation of dangerous sightseeing flightsNY Daily News

July 18, 2019 – Federal auditors will probe the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of “doors-off” tourist helicopters like the one that left five passengers dead in an East River crash last year. Read more…

De Blasio and Chuck Schumer call for increased helicopter regulations after last week’s crash – 6sqft

June 17, 2019 – Following the deadly crash of a helicopter in midtown last Monday, lawmakers are calling for greater oversight on helicopters flying over the city, the New York Post reported. “I think we need a full ban on any helicopters going over Manhattan itself,” Mayor de Blasio said on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show last Friday, noting that “exemptions should be made for emergency responders, first responders, uniform services,” and news cameras. Read more…

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What Would a New York City Ban on Helicopters Look Like?The Points Guy

July 11, 2019 – Within hours of a dramatic helicopter crash that left the pilot dead atop a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, there were calls for helicopter to be banned from flying over New York City. “It’s a tragedy that keeps happening and an even greater tragedy that’s waiting to happen,” said John Dellaportas, president of Stop the Chop NYNJ, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending helicopter traffic over and around the city. “There is no excuse on God’s green Earth why any nonessential helicopters should be flying anywhere in the New York City metropolitan area, over buildings, over land, over water.” Read more…

A History Of Helicopter Wrecks in NYC – AP News

June 11, 2019 – At least 32 people have died in helicopter accidents in New York City since 1977, when an accident on a skyscraper landing pad led the city to start putting restrictions on where choppers could land. Read more…

In 1977, Five Were Killed In Helicopter Accident Atop Midtown’s Pan Am BuildingGothamist

June 11, 2019 – There are three ways to get from Manhattan to the city’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. All of them are pretty bad. Read more…

Pilot Killed After Helicopter Crash Lands On Top Of Midtown BuildingWCBS Radio

June 10, 2019 – A helicopter flying through heavy rain in restricted airspace caught fire after crash landing on the roof of a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan, killing the pilot and forcing the evacuation of the 54-story skyscraper on Monday. Read more…

Uber Copter Will Only Make New York Transit WorseCityLab

June 7, 2019 – There are three ways to get from Manhattan to the city’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. All of them are pretty bad. Read more…

Hudson River crash renews helicopter safety concernsNews 12 New Jersey

May 16, 2019 – A crash landing of a helicopter in the Hudson River Wednesday has reignited concerns about helicopter safety along the waterfront. Read more…

An aircraft used by Blade, the ‘Uber for helicopters,’ crashed in the Hudson RiverThe Verge

May 15, 2019 – A Blade helicopter crashed into Hudson River near the West 30th Street Heliport after missing the landing pad. The only passenger was the pilot who was able to escape. Video. Read more…

Helicopter bosses’ shady pasts revealed – NY Post

March 14, 2019 – The chief pilot for the company whose helicopter crashed Sunday in the East River — killing all five passengers — spent more than eight years behind bars for repeatedly stabbing a woman during a Long Island robbery, The Post has learned. Read more…

Nadler Talks Neighborhood History, Helicopters and Housing in Wide-Ranging Interview – West Side Rag

February 13, 2019 – Congressman Jerry Nadler has been a ‘West Sider’ since 1965, when he turned down a full scholarship to Yale to attend Columbia. Read more…

FlyNYON changes equipment, but not business model, after fatal accident – Vertical Mag

September 6, 2018 – When five FlyNYON passengers on a doors-off helicopter photo flight drowned in New York City’s East River earlier this year, many of us in the helicopter industry reacted with shock and disbelief. Read more…

Noise exposure is becoming ‘the new secondhand smoke’The Baltimore Sun

May 16, 2018 – Washington, D.C.,New York and Los Angeles also have struggled with helicopter noise. In Washington, military flights are to blame; in New York, it’s sightseeing flights; and in Los Angeles, it is filmmakers trying to get the perfect shot. Read more…

Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter CrashWired

April 8, 2018 – I was a passenger onboard a companion flight on March 11. Locked to the downed craft, the victims didn’t stand a chance. Read more…

FlyNYON knew of safety concerns before fatal doors-off flightVertical Mag

April 7, 2018 – Weeks before the recent fatal helicopter crash in New York City’s East River, FlyNYON was warned of safety issues with the harnesses and emergency cutters it was providing to passengers on its “doors-off” photo flights, internal company emails show. Read more…

Helicopter pilot says loose gear may have hit lever to cut off engine, causing deadly East River crash – NY Daily News

March 12, 2018 – The pilot of the doomed sightseeing helicopter that crashed into the East River told investigators that a lever to shut off the engine may have been accidentally pulled in midair, police sources said. Read more…

Thank you, Jerrold Nadler (and Carolyn Maloney and Nydia M. Velazquez and…)James Armstrong’s Blog

August 10, 2018 – For years now, I have complained about the helicopters that fly over Central Park, especially the ones that love to hover right over the Delacorte Theater during performances of free outdoor plays. If ever there was a case of rich jerks ruining New York City for tons of ordinary citizens, it is these helicopters that sometimes make plays inaudible for hundreds of people, all so some millionaire can look down on the rest of us–literally. Read more…

NYC Lawmakers Request FAA Institute Restrictions on Helicopter Flights Over Shakespeare in the Park Festival – Press Release

August 10, 2018 – Today, New York City Members of Congress, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who represents the Upper West Side of Manhattan – including Central Park – and parts of Brooklyn, sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell demanding the FAA institute Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) during outdoor performances of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival.  Read more…

Helicopters are ruining Shakespeare in the Park: theater officialsNY Post

August 10, 2018 – Rep. Jerrold Nadler and officials from the Public Theater pleaded Friday for the FAA to divert helicopter traffic from Central Park because the noise keeps interrupting Shakespeare in the Park, which is currently staging “Twelfth Night.” Read more…

FLYNYON Pilots Seek Legal ProtectionBusiness Jet Traveler

April 1, 2018 – At this time, the New York Attorney General’s office will confirm only that it is conducting a consumer protection-related investigation into the accident. Read more…

NYC Helicopter Crash Puts Spotlight on Doors Off FlightsBusiness Jet Traveler

March 1, 2018 – Since the crash, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), a longtime critic of the city’s helitour industry, called on the FAA to revoke Liberty’s operating certificate. Read more…

The Helicopter ProblemTribeca Citizen

February 15, 2018 – Two years ago, an agreement between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the helicopter tourism industry banned all Sunday flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 (above), and that is being honored. But the deal was also supposed to cut the overall number of flights by 50 percent and stop all helicopters from going over Governors Island and Staten Island. Read more…

The Life and Death of Helicopter Commuting (Video)Bloomberg Business Week

August 10, 2017 – Fifty years ago, a helicopter company called New York Airways whisked passengers from the rooftop of the iconic Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan to any city airport in just 10 minutes. A fatal accident in 1977 brought that era to an end. Watch…

What the hel(iport)? Operator to pay $250K for illegal tourist flightsAMNY

August 3, 2017 – The operator of the W. 30th St. heliport has agreed to pay $250,000 to the Hudson River Park Trust after local activists charged that the chopper landing-pad operator had violated a ban on tourist flights. Read more…

How planes, trains and noise pollution affect Chicago real estateChicago Tribune

November 23, 2016 – The airplanes soaring — and roaring — overhead don’t rattle Isabella Pitrello. They haven’t for quite some time.A resident of the Schorsch Forest View neighborhood — a stone’s throw from O’Hare International Airport — Pitrello has an informed understanding of what it means to live amongst noise. She and her husband Antonino have lived near O’Hare for more than 30 years, in a midcentury brick ranch with a big picture window and a generous flank of concrete driveway. Read more…

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NYC Controller Scott Stringer wants ban on tourism helicopters, says they’re too noisy and don’t help the economyNY Daily News

July 13, 2016 – City Controller Scott Stringer wants to ban all tourism helicopters from the skies around the Big Apple, saying they are all bang and barely any bucks. Read more…

Local U.S. House Delegation Pens Letter About Helicopter Noise to Defense SecretaryARL Now

June 9, 2016 – “Following up on frequent resident complaints, last month Beyer added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act “to study changes to the region’s helicopter flight routes, operating procedures, and even the types of helicopters flown in the national capital airspace to mitigate the effect of noise on the region’s neighborhoods.” Read more…

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NYC helicopter deal would reduce but not eliminate tourist choppersBrooklyn Daily Eagle

February 1, 2016 – Helicopter operators flying tourists over the waterfront will be reducing the number of flights from Pier 6’s Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) by 50 percent, the city said on Sunday. Read more…

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Deal Restricts Tourist Helicopter Flights Over New YorkThe New York Times

January 31, 2016 – After decades of complaints about noise and air pollution from the tens of thousands of tourist helicopter flights that circle Manhattan each year, New York City announced a deal on Sunday that would cut their number in half by January 2017. Read more…

A Plague of Helicopters Is Ruining New YorkNew York Times

January 30, 2016 – IN recent years, New York City has invested over $2 billion in spectacular new waterfront parks. But that investment, and New Yorkers’ enjoyment of their parks and neighborhoods, is being ruined by an invasion of noisy, polluting tourist helicopters. Read more…

Disney Loved Its No Fly Zone – Until It Wanted To Fly Its Own DronesThe Washington Post

January 22, 2016 – An FAA spokesman said the Disney case is related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when temporary flight restrictions were issued over all major professional and collegiate sporting events, as well as major open-air assemblies of people. The agency points to laws Congress later passed as making the restrictions permanent. The laws the FAA cites, however, do not specifically mention theme parks. Read more…

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NYC Council considers bills banning tourist helicoptersBrooklyn Daily Eagle

November 14, 2015 – In a City Council hearing lasting for hours on Thursday, Brooklyn and Manhattan officials and residents expressed anger and despair over incessant helicopter noise and pollution. Read more…

Man who bribed FBI agent behind push to keep tourists flying over NYC ​NY Post

October 18, 2015 – A nonprofit fighting a City Council proposal to ban tourist helicopters is backed by a New Jersey family that has a monopoly on the city’s chopper business and skeletons in its closet. Read more…

Bill Sponsored by NYC Councilmembers Menchaca, Chin & Rosenthal Takes Aim at Tourist Helicopters – Brooklyn Heights Blog

July 27, 2015 – Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and you can hear it day and night: the constant thwapping of tourist helicopters. Read more…

Ban tourist helicopters for a quieter city –  Crain’s

July 24, 2015 – For years, residents have experienced the relentless drone of helicopter flights—at home, walking on the street, and in our parks. Read more…

Whitestone resident develops website for local helicopter noise complaintsQNS

June 25, 2015 – A Whitestone resident is taking the issue of overhead helicopter noise into the hands of the community by developing a website for residents to digitally submit complaints. Read more…

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NYC Council bills to ban sightseeing helicopters receive support at ‘Stop the Chop!’ rally – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

July 23, 2015 – The incessant noise, pollution and disruption from sightseeing helicopters taking off from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on the East River – the only heliport in the city that still allows them — has become intolerable, advocates said on Thursday. Read more…

De Blasio’s door is open to lobbyists NY Post

June 9, 2015 – Mayor de Blasio has met personally with a dozen lobbyists so far this year — most of them campaign supporters and just two shy of the 14 he huddled with in all of 2014, records show. Read more…

This ‘Uber for helicopters’ startup just flew into a fight over noiseFortune

May 24, 2015 – Some New Yorkers have a great trick to beat Memorial Day traffic: They pull up an app to summon Blade, an Uber-style helicopter service that whisks passengers to posh destinations like the Hamptons. Read more…

Helicopters over NYC are terror weapons ‘waiting to happen’: watchdogNY Post

October 6, 2014 – Low-flying helicopters are sitting ducks that can easily be commandeered by terrorists posing as tourists or shot down from the ground by fanatics with rifles, a group opposing the flights charged Sunday. Read more…

Tourist Thrill Becomes a Residential NuisanceNY Press

February 17, 2015 – Residents are incensed by near-constant noise from tourist helicopters. Read more…

Noisy ferries, copters irk Battery Park City ResidentsCrain’s 

May 15, 2014 – Read about Congressman Nadler’s efforts to combat noise pollution, including helicopter noise in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Read more…

That Nuisance In The SkyThe New York Times

March 24, 2015 – Taking on New York City helicopters. Read more…

Community Board 12 Seeks to Curb Uptown Helicopter NoiseDNA Info

March 21, 2013 – Manhattan Community Board 12 took a step to curb excessive noise from sightseeing helicopters Tuesday, passing a resolution asking city and federal agencies to keep chopper flights in the center of the Hudson River. Read more…

Hell-icoptersNY Post

April 22, 2012 – How serious is lower Manhattan’s density of flights? Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for ERHC, dividing up the 62,000 annual flights, e-mailed, “That’s 57 flight per day for each of the three heliports. Assuming all three heliports are open 12 hours a day (West 30th Street is 24/7, but the number of flights coming in and out during the overnight hours are negligible), that breaks down to between four and five ‘ops’ (takeoffs or landings) per hour at each of the heliports.” Read more…

Governors Island Wants Low-Flying Helicopters to Fly Off DNA Info

December 1, 2011 – Low-flying helicopters are shattering the peace on Governors Island, park advocates and the National Park Service said Wednesday. Read more…

Passenger injured in New York helicopter crash diesThe Telegraph

October 13, 2011 – A New Zealand woman who was seriously injured when a helicopter carrying a group on a birthday celebration crashed into the East River has become the second person to die from the accident. Read more…

Critics Blast Deal for NYC Tourist Choppers to Fly in Plane Space Above Hudson RiverFox News

October 10, 2011 — The U.S. government has struck a secret deal with operators of tourist helicopters, allowing them to fly in airspace over New York’s Hudson River that is supposed to be reserved for small, private aircraft. But private pilots who use the corridor are not being warned by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight briefers to be on alert for the choppers. Former National Transportation Safety Board chairman Jim Hall blasted the deal, noting, “Safety is best served when impactful decisions are made openly and with input from other agencies and the public — not quietly and behind closed doors.” Read more…

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Red Hook Chop Stop! City Bans Helicopter Over NeighborhoodBrooklyn Paper

April 21, 2011 – “The city takes the complaints of Red Hook residents seriously,” said Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for the Economic Development Corporation, which oversees helicopter traffic. The agency promised not only the new route, but a “strict enforcement system,” Wood added. Read more…

Lookout, Below! Choppers Over Heights Could Actually Cause Brain DamageBrooklyn Paper

April 11, 2011 – Prochnik added that the helicopter traffic on top of your average “white noise” can lead to slower brain development in children, and eventually brain damage if not curtailed early.“We’ve seen situations where people were asleep and weren’t woken by the noise, yet all the stress markers in the body elevate,” he said. “Ultimately, there’s also an increased risk for heart attacks. This is not your ears anymore.” Read more…

Hudson Crash Blamed on Controller, Failure to See and AvoidVertical Mag

September 14, 2010 – The United States National Transportation Safety Board has determined that an air traffic controller who was distracted by a personal phone call played a critical role in the 2009 crash of a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River. Read more…

Three bodies recovered after midair collision over HudsonCNN

August 8, 2009 – Five Italian tourists visiting New York from Bologna are among the nine victims believed killed Saturday in a midair collision of a sightseeing helicopter and a single-engine plane over the Hudson River, a law enforcement source said. Read more…

Legislation that would minimize airplane and helicopter noise over Staten Island proposedSilive.com

June 5, 2009 – The other amendment calls for the FAA to study helicopter operations over Staten Island and Long Island and their effect on residential neighborhoods, with regard to safety and noise issues. It also asks for an examination of the feasibility of diverting helicopters from residential areas, as well as creating specific air lanes for them and establishing altitude limits. Read more…

No-Fly Zones Shield Disney’s Resorts – Orlando Sentinel

May 11, 2003 – Disney officials insist they did nothing wrong in persuading lawmakers to order the Federal Aviation Administration to give the entertainment giant special protection for the foreseeable future. “The sole and exclusive motivation for seeking these restrictions is for the safety and enjoyment of our guests,” said Disney spokeswoman Leslie Goodman, explaining that “enjoyment” meant everything from keeping out “banner ads from trial lawyers” to pilots “buzzing the parks.” Read more…

Giuliani Plans To Reduce Copter FlightsThe New York Times

April 30, 1997 – Responding to a cascade of complaints about noise and safety, the Giuliani administration said yesterday that it would scale back the number of helicopter flights in New York City by closing one heliport and evicting from another heliport a company that has long stirred the ire of neighborhood groups. Senior administration officials said they would shut the heliport at 60th Street and the East River, leaving the city with three heliports and reducing the number of helicopter flights by 30 to 40 percent. Please read…

The Chopper-BlockerThe New York Times

March 2, 1997 – In an apartment on a side street near the East River, a small dark-haired woman named Joy Held is getting, as she puts it, ”very, very angry.” Last September, she started flinching as the basso profundo rumble of helicopters flying over her East 65th Street apartment building grew louder, like a giant malevolent neighbor aiming stereo speakers at her walls. Read more…

ESCAPE BY COPTER FOILED AT U.S. JAIL IN MANHATTANThe New York Times

January 26, 1981 – An armed man and woman hijacked a sightseeing helicopter and flew to the Federal detention center in lower Manhattan yesterday morning in an unsuccessful attempt to pluck an inmate from a rooftop recreation area. Read more…