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Long Islanders, Pilots, Aviation Industry Officials Agree: Proposed FAA Helicopter Regulations Should Be Grounded Before Takeoff

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council recently joined several major aviation trade groups, pilots, and citizens in criticizing the FAA's proposed regulation imposing mandatory routes for helicopters operating on Long Island.

In formal comments filed before the FAA, the group called the FAA's proposal "flatly at odds with the federal government's limited role in addressing aircraft noise." The ERHC urged the FAA to work collaboratively with the helicopter industry to mitigate noise concerns, writing that, "The FAA should neither become a national clearing-house for local noise complaints, nor regulator in the first instance of local noise abatement procedures."The FAA's proposal would have the unintended effect of concentrating noise and traffic, to the detriment of safety," added Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council.

The FAA proposed rule has generated a firestorm of controversy. Virtually every major aviation trade group, including the ERHC, Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA), and National Air Transport Association ((NATA) expressed opposition and sought a 60-day extension to prepare comments, which the FAA denied. Within 30 days, the agency has received 690 comments, with 86% opposing the proposed rule.

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Protocols for Photographing Blue Angels at KFRG Memorial Day Weekend

The arrival of the United States Navy Blue Angels precision flight team to Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, New York, between May 27th and May 30th will allow media an unprecedented opportunity to view their F-18 Hornets and C-130 support aircraft on the ramp outside of the airport terminal of Route 110. However, stringent security regulations will mandate that only accredited media will be permitted on the ramp to be afforded an unobstructed view of the aircraft during static display, pre-flight and taxiing out to the runways for takeoff.

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FAA to Announce New Regulations for Helicopters

Just in time for the Memorial Day rush of helicopter traffic from New York City to the East End, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has announced that the federal government will impose its first ever mandatory regulations to control helicopter noise on Long Island. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to announce the new regulations on Monday, and the public will have 30 days to comment on the new rules. Mr. Schumer and other government officials from the federal to the local level convinced helicopter companies to adopt voluntary flight altitudes of 2,500 feet and to establish a flying route over the Long Island Sound in 2007, but complaints of noise in residential neighborhoods remained high.

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General Aviation Industry Prepares for an Unleaded Future

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally begun the regulatory process required by the Clean Air Act that may ultimately result in standards mandating the industry’s transition to unleaded aviation gasoline (avgas).

The EPA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) which is a key opportunity for the general aviation (GA) community to provide comment regarding this possible new environmental standard and into the development of a plan for identifying, evaluating, and ultimately transitioning to an unleaded fuel.

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