Rotorcraft Update: New L.A. mayor expected to push for helo noise curfew

 - May 21, 2008, 10:03 AM

Now that former city attorney James Hahn has been elected mayor of Los Angeles, helicopter operators using Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport might be getting a little nervous. Responding to community complaints about helicopter noise at the busy general aviation airport just north of Los Angeles, Hahn campaigned advocating an agenda that included, in part, a proposal to institute a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. noise curfew on rotorcraft operations at the airport. An operations ban on fixed-wing aircraft over those same hours is already in effect. Such a curfew would definitely cramp the operations of traffic-watch and newsgathering helos that use the facility, most of which begin turning rotors at 5 a.m. The newly inaugurated mayor is expected to raise the matter at an airport commission meeting this month.