Ed. Note: You can read the recent response from the National Park Service about helicopter noise here.
From the office Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the Department of Defense (DoD) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over District of Columbia due to noise is a good step forward. DoD expressed enthusiasm for continued collaboration with Norton and assured adherence to considerate airmanship, stating that “all DoD aircrews are expected to ‘fly neighborly’ with regard for the safety and comfort of persons on the ground at all times.”
“In my letter, I requested that helicopters fly at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights, limit flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice of prolonged training missions in a particular area as the noise affects the daily lives of residents in D.C.,” Norton said. “I am pleased to hear of the DoD’s commitment to working with me on this issue, and I look forward to future work with them.”
The response from DoD follows. Read More
From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the National Park Service (NPS) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over the District of Columbia represents progress. Although NPS did not agree to specific limits on the flights, they did commit to inform the community when they have a prolonged mission.
“In my letter, I asked NPS to fly these helicopters at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights, limit flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice of prolonged training missions in a particular area,” Norton said. “The noise and disruption from these flights are constant for D.C. residents, and I remain committed to reducing them as much as possible. I thank NPS for their timely response and look forward to working with them to make more progress.”
The response from NPS follows. Read More
“On Monday morning, June 7, 2021, the U.S. Capitol Police will have a training exercise on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Please do not be alarmed if you see or hear low flying helicopters. During this time, emergency vehicles and personnel may be seen moving around the grounds.”
9th and N Street, NW
Update 2:27pm residents report: “They just removed the guy from his apartment, he came out with his hands up. Looks like they will be leaving soon.”
“There’s a huge police presence in the colonel apt building on 9th and N, including at least six cops with a riot shield and a chopper circling overhead. I heard them knock on a door in the bldg and yell “come out with your hands up” but no one has come out yet.” Read More
Photo by Eric P.
“The Helicopter Squadron Mission Control, Joint Base Andrews, reports 3 UH-1 helicopters will be participating in an aircraft flyover of the National Capital Region on April 23, 2021 at 3:05 PM.”
This has been a test of the PoPville broadcast system.
Photo by Joseph Gruber
Hey! A Heads up. Nice.
“We will conduct an air defense exercise over the Washington DC area btw 11am to noon EDT.
US Coast Guard MH-65D helicopters and general aviation aircraft will be participating. Portions of the exercise may take place at approx. 2,500 ft and be visible from the ground.”
Photo by Sam Ward near Judiciary Square
About those low flying helicopters at the June BLM protests the Washington Post now reports:
“In an announcement, the Army said one helicopter “hovered under 100 feet” over the heads of people in the nation’s capital on June 1 as D.C. police and federal agencies worked to disperse crowds protesting police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis days earlier. Read More
3rd and K Street, NE
Readers reported: “Police roped off area in front of Indigo at 3rd & K St. NE.”
“Shooting at K&3 NE by indigo. I think I heard at least 8 shots. Victim was still moving when the ambulance took him away. Hoping he makes it”
MPD reported: “Alert: Shooting Investigation in the 300 block of K St NE. No lookout” Read More
Photo by John Sonderman
…And do they wanna go on a date with me?
Maybe it’s just because it’s the pandemic and I’m home all the time, but it feels like the year of the helicopter. I’ve watched the same Air Force one pass over my apartment like, 4 times in the last hour while I’ve been working on my deck. I waved and I really want to know if the pilots can see us! Read More
via google maps
Update from MPD: “This case was closed with the arrest of two subjects. Great work by the Fourth District officers and Detectives to take two dangerous individuals off the streets of DC!”
A reader first reported: “About a dozen shots fired towards Kennedy and 5th at 5am. Now the chopper is circling.”
From MPD: Read More