Helicopter Hella Loud - What can we do about the noise? Let's find out.

As I write this I can hear the oscillating rumble of the helicopter circling, circling in the sky outside my house.

I get up to close the doors and block out the sound. People who don’t live here don’t appreciate how often these helicopters are invading our ear space in Leimert Park, Echo Park and lots of other neighborhoods and cities in and around Los Angeles.

There are some things that are necessary to keep us safe. And we appreciate having them in the air. But can’t something be done?

I don’t know. But that’s what I’m looking to be done. Can’t they fly higher? Can they change their flight paths? Can they buy quieter helicopters or aftermarket add-ons to make them quieter.

After months of deliberations and asking friends and neighbors what they thought, I finally decided to do the story after helicopters hovered above my house from 4 a.m. -ish to 9 a.m. - ish.

Remember the bomb scare in a Cadillac in Leimert Park? It turned out to be fire crackers in the back seat of an illegally parked car.

For nearly 5 hours helicopters hovered above my house, waking up my family and keeping us awake. I called the helicopter dispatch (213-485-2600) of the Los Angeles Police Department, not to complain, but to confirm why they were up there.

Only thing, the police didn’t have any helicopters. There were no bears in the air. Dispatch told me they were media helicopters, both of them.

We have to be able to do something about that.

And so we are investigating the rules and regulations, interviewing officials and experts, videotaping helicopters, talking to residents and creating graphics to simply and visually show the effects of helicopter noise.

With your help, we’ll see what we can do.

Please consider going to this link on Spot.Us right now and filling out a survey. That will give you an $8 credit from the advertiser that you can give to pay for this project. Thanks in advance.


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Comment by enhager on May 23, 2011 at 10:49pm
It would help get the voice of the people if you could take this very short survey about helicopter noise - https://uscannenberg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6L0JC29avjXqFNi
Comment by Erika Hamilton on April 22, 2011 at 8:32pm

Well here in the 10th City Council District, you can contact the office of councilman Herb Wesson.

I sent my first email to them regarding this very issue on 2/6/2010. I was directed to contact Deron Williams, Chief Deputy 10th District, at deron.williams@lacity.org




Good Luck.

Comment by Woody Schofield on April 22, 2011 at 7:03pm
I lived in NYC/Manhattan for 17 years before moving to LA in 2004. I was amazed how much noise pollution exists here compared to Manhattan, where the noise laws are very strict. Noise makers include the landscape crews at houses and apts, police helicopters and the Electric Daisy Carnival (former noise violater), among others. Folks need to lobby the City Council to pass stricter laws protecting the citizen's rights for a quiet neighborhood.
Comment by Erika Hamilton on April 22, 2011 at 4:03pm

I hear you sister! That is when I'm not listening to a helicopter or low flying airplane.

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