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


Manhattan’s congressional representatives are nonetheless combating to ban non-essential helicopter visitors over the 5 boroughs, they introduced throughout a press convention on Sunday.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents components of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, introduced alongside Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Nydia Velazquez that they’d re-introduce laws on Monday that may reduce down on helicopter visitors and noise air pollution by barring non-essential helicopters from flying over NYC. The invoice, referred to as the Bettering Helicopter Security Act, was first launched in 2019, in line with the lawmakers.

“If you happen to’ve spent any time in New York Metropolis, you do not want me to let you know that helicopter visitors is a critical security and noise air pollution concern,” Maloney mentioned in an announcement. In keeping with Maloney’s workplace, complaints about helicopter noise had elevated 130% between October 2019 and October 2020. Nadler famous there was 30 deadly helicopter crashes leading to 25 deaths since 1982, making noisy helicopters a security challenge too.

The congressional reps mentioned they’ve referred to as on the Federal Aviation Administration to challenge extra guidelines relating to flights over NYC, however the federal company has refused. FAA spokesperson Arlene Salac mentioned the company doesn’t touch upon pending laws.

Helicopter noise has lengthy been a scourge for New Yorkers—extra so in the course of the top of protests towards police violence in 2020, when the NYPD deployed helicopters to circle overhead Brooklyn and Manhattan to watch the demonstrations. Sightseeing helicopters blare loudly over Central Park, and Manhattanites from the Higher West Facet to the Decrease East Facet have complained in regards to the noise.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer added the “wild, wild West” of helicopter rides solely advantages wealthy folks and vacationers.

“Helicopter flights in New York Metropolis largely cater to both a small slice of vacationers, or a cadre of elite vacationers utilizing them as unregulated constitution flights to the town’s airports or to weekend locations within the Hamptons,” Brewer mentioned in an announcement.

The invoice, as written in October 2019, would ban helicopter flights over cities with at the very least 8 million folks or with a density of over 25,000 folks per sq. mile—except it’s for public well being and security or operations to help building or infrastructure upkeep.

Throughout a press convention beneath the noisy helicopter visitors at a heliport in Decrease Manhattan, lawmakers introduced the invoice can be re-introduced on Monday.

This text has been up to date with a remark from the FAA.