Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) plans to re-introduce two aviation bills affecting the San Fernando Valley – one on helicopter noise and the second on a mandatory curfew at Van Nuys Airport and Bob Hope Airport.
The curfew measure was brought to the House in 2011 as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization bill but did not receive enough votes. The helicopter noise bill was first introduced in 2011 by former Rep. Howard Berman who lost re-election in November.
Schiff is currently talking with stakeholders and officials in Southern California about the mandatory curfew, which he plans to bring back to Congress in the next two months, said spokesman Patrick Boland.
The mandatory curfew covers the hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Both Bob Hope in Burbank and Van Nuys, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world, currently have voluntary nighttime curfews during those hours.
The helicopter noise relief act requests the FAA set guidelines for a minimum altitude at which helicopters can fly in Los Angeles County. The restrictions would not apply to police, emergency or military helicopters.
The issue of helicopter noise attracted the attention of Berman in July 2011 following resident complaints about hovering aircraft during the closure of the Santa Monica (405) Freeway for repairs. There also have been complaints from homeowner groups in the Hollywood Hills near the Hollywood sign and audience members at the Hollywood Bowl.
“Both these pieces of legislation are part of a broader agenda to provide real relief to residents who are bombarded with noise from helicopters,” Boland said.