The Federal Aeronautics and Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that it will set up a “comprehensive complaint system” that will allow Los Angeles County residents to file complaints about helicopter noise online or by telephone.
The $250,000 project will go out for bids this year with implementation planned for early 2015, according to a press release from Rep. Adam Schiff.
Schiff lauded the move, which the press release called “the first step necessary to gather data about the extent of the problem and remedies, identify problem helicopter operators, and give residents a systematic way to register their complaints.”
“Generally speaking, I’m pleased that they’re making progress, that they’re doing something,” said West Hollywood City Councilmember Jeffrey Prang. He said that tracking complaints is one thing and that he’s “much more interested in what happens next … I’m hoping for relief.”
Prang praised Schiff for being “extremely responsive” to community priorities such as helicopter noise, which is often an issue in West Hollywood due to the city’s reputation as a playground for the rich and famous.
“West Hollywood attracts substantial media and paparazzi chasing entertainment industry personalities,” Prang previously said via a city press release. “While many of our residents enjoy the positive portrayal of our city in the news, the noise generated by the operation of these helicopters is unacceptable.”
Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein earlier this year backed legislation requiring the FAA to address helicopter noise. That legislation “require[ed] the FAA to act within the year to reduce helicopter noise through voluntary measures, or be forced to put in place regulations to reduce it,” according to Schiff’s news release.