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Reduce Helicopter Noise in Torrance and South Bay

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To: Torrance Mayor and City Council Members Re: Petition To Reduce Helicopter Noise On some days there have been more than 50 helicopter flights over the Hollywood Riviera neighborhood in Torrance. There are large numbers of helicopter flights originating from Torrance Airport and they are making too much noise. Current helicopter flight patterns disturb the peace and quiet of our neighborhoods, interfere with our ability to hear normal conversations, television, radio and telephone, and they are annoying. Under a Letter of Agreement, pilots can fly as low as 600' above sea level on their routes and just beyond the surf-line at the beach. This is too low and too close to shore. FAA Advisory 91-36D states that pilots should make every effort to fly not less than 2000' over noise-sensitive areas, which includes residential. Noise tests indicate that many of the helicopter flights produce louder noise than 65 decibels (dB), which is the maximum noise helicopters should make, according to the Helicopter Association International, Fly Neighborly Guide. Therefore, we request that the City of Torrance take whatever action it can to reduce helicopter noise in our neighborhoods, including the following: 1) Asking Torrance Airport-based helicopter operators and the FAA to work with the City and the affected public to revise the existing Letter of Agreement on routes, in order to minimize noise impacts; and 2) Asking Torrance Airport-based helicopter operators to fly as high as possible, preferably near or above 2000’, when transiting over noise-sensitive areas, and at slower speeds which will minimize noise. Respectfully, The Undersigned

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Citizens For Quiet Helicopters, in Torrance, California. http://www.helicopternoise.org
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