- July 27, 2009, 8:15 AM
The French government launched a study to add several helipads in the Paris area before the summer of 2011. Meetings of civil aviation authorities, a helicopter lobby and other parties next month will start defining where helipads are needed. Dominique Bussereau, secretary of state in charge of transports, has announced that economic factors will determine the additional public sites for helicopter takeoff and landing. Operators are concerned that the addition of new helipads might result in a strict limit on passenger traffic at the current Paris heliport. Creating new heliports is part of a plan to further reduce noise around the Paris heliport. Bussereau wants access to the heliport to be progressively restricted to the quietest helicopter types.