London government looks at helicopter noise

 - September 13, 2006, 11:16 AM

A committee within the London Assembly is investigating the issue of helicopter noise in Britain’s capital. The group will try to establish how an increase in helicopter traffic would affect Londoners.

The committee also wants to look at helicopter routings over London, the noise performance of helicopters typically used and the different types of helicopter use in London.

The British Helicopter Advisory Board has been invited to attend. Peter Norton, chief executive of the board, said, “We are keen to work with the investigation to preserve helicopter access to the capital.”

The first meeting of the committee was imminent at press time. Norton anticipated that any increase in perceived noise would be largely due to the increased use of public-service helicopters. He said the board was not aware of the source of the concern.