Under pressure from a pair of local high-profile congressmen, Howard Berman (D) and Brad Sherman (D), the FAA has announced it will hold a community hearing on helicopter noise in the L.A. basin during the first week of August. The hearing will take testimony from concerned parties that will be the basis of a report that could provide the basis for imposed and/or voluntary solutions.
Numerous medical books are available for pilots, but until now mechanics and technicians have been on their own.
Business aircraft crews and passengers are generally aware of the danger of prolonged exposure to noise in terms of hearing loss. Now there is a growing body of evidence that prolonged exposure to a combination of high-intensity and low-frequency noise may pose far more serious health threats.
AgustaWestland and Eurocopter might be competitors in the helicopter market, but they seem to be decidedly good friends when it comes to defining rotorcraft for the future. In addition to partnering on the Erica tiltwing research project, they have joined forces on another European-funded project, dubbed Friendcopter.
HAI’s Manufacturers Committee, assisted by the HAI Acoustics and Fly Neighborly Committee, is introducing a new noise-abatement training CD here at Heli Expo’06. The CD emphasizes the importance of “flying neighborly” and specific noise-abatement procedures by helicopter model. The CD is being offered free at the HAI booth (No. 1801) to all helicopter operators. A demonstration of the CD is also available at the booth.