Federal Legislation

H.R.4880 – The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019 is a federal bill introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on October 28, 2019 and Co-Sponsored by Congressman Jerry Nadler and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez. H.R. 4880 is currently pending in Congress, and more legislators are needed to cosponsor this bill (see below for current list of cosponsors). Contact your elected representatives to urge them to cosponsor this important bill!

The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019:

  • Prohibits nonessential helicopters from flying in covered airspace of any city with a population of over 8 million people and with a population density of over 25,000 people per square mile—including waterways within the city’s jurisdiction
  • Defines “nonessential” helicopters as any helicopter flown by a pilot with a Part 135 or Part 91 license (i.e. any private or commercial pilot) whose purpose is not “essential”
  • Defines “essential” helicopter flights as: law enforcement, emergency response, disaster response, medical services, or for the public interest; does not affect military aircrafts
  • Excludes airports from “covered airspace”
  • Helicopters are permitted to fly through the shortest, most direct routes possible to access or depart from airports
  • Directs the FAA to update helicopter flight charts to show airspace designated as “covered” under this bill (The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not have any regulations, policies, or procedures to account for New York City’s uniquely crowded airspace, and it has ignored calls to implement such policies.)

Press Releases:

Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights In NYC. WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reports – listen below:

Co-Sponsors

Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]

Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]

Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]

Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]

Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14]

Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3]

Date Co-Sponsored

10/28/2019

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11/13/2019


Press Coverage

Sick of helicopter noise? New bill would ban most chopper flights over NYC – Brooklyn Eagle

New York lawmakers seek to ban all non-essential helicopters over NYC – New York Post

Proposed bill would ban non-essential helicopters in New York City – ABC 7