Thursday, July 9, 2015
Most NYC Gripes Don't Concern Air Tours
Only about 15 percent of helicopter noise complaints registered with New York City concerned sightseeing flights, The Daily News in that metropolis reported July 7. A member of the Big Apple’s legislature, the City Council, is drafting a bill to ban helicopter tourism flights in N.Y.’s five boroughs, the newspaper said. But just 198 of the 1,290 helicopter-related complaints filed with the city’s Help Line (311) concerned such flights, according to The News, citing the city’s Economic Development Corp. (Nearly all of the 198 complaints were about noise.) That agency, which owns the Downtown Manhattan Heliport where the sightseeing operations are based, said the other 1,092 complaints (about 85 percent of the total) concerned electronic newsgathering, emergency and charter flights that would not be covered by the proposed ban. One leader of the helicopter critics said the low number of complaints isn’t surprising since most New Yorkers know that calling 311 about helicopter noise “is a waste of time,” the paper said.