In Other Helicopter Action “Norton to Introduce Bill Requiring Helicopters to Fly at Maximum Permissible Altitude in D.C. Airspace”

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From the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus and a member of the Subcommittee on Aviation, today announced that she will introduce a bill that would require helicopters in District of Columbia airspace to fly at the maximum altitude permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration, with limited exceptions. The exceptions would include active law enforcement investigations, transporting the president and vice president, and safety.

“I hear from D.C. residents almost daily about helicopter noise,” Norton said. “Helicopters can harm health, quality of life and structural integrity of homes. I am pursuing a multipronged approach to combat helicopter noise in D.C., from working with federal agencies that fly helicopters in D.C. airspace to pursuing legislation.”

Norton has taken a number of steps to combat helicopter noise in D.C., including:

In 2019, she led National Capital Region (NCR) members in requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study helicopter noise in the NCR. GAO released its study in January 2021.
In 2021, she sent separate letters to the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Park Service asking them to fly their helicopters in D.C. airspace at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights and flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice to residents of prolonged training missions in particular areas.”

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