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December 2, 2020

HICOP COMMENTS HANSTF  ZOOM VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR HAWAII ISLAND, HILO – KONA ,  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020, 10:30 – 12:00

Aloha Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Taskforce Members,

HICoP asks the following questions that hopefully the presenters will answer:

1.  FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Raquel Girvin – Why does your office, having had direct public input at public hearings in Hilo on March 30, 2017 and April 16, 2018, continue to totally ignore the Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle, totally unnecessary incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution?  ( According to FAA Rule 14 CFR Part 93 and the Appeals Court decision in HAI v FAA, it is the responsibility and the FAA has the authority to protect those on the ground from aircraft noise. ) 

What meaningful action do you intend to take to address this totally unnecessary tour copter aircraft noise issue that your office has ignored for so long? 

( HICoP volunteers to work with you to implement a solution ASAP.  HICoP does not intend to wait 20 years, 2 decades, as we suffered through when the FAA totally failed to implement 1 ATMP at any National Park, at the same time squandering tens of millions of precious taxpayer dollars. )

2.  HDOTA Airports Division Deputy Director Ross Higashi – Why do you, having met with HICoP at UH-Hilo on August 9, 2016 and co-sponsored the Nani Mau April 16, 2018 public hearing, and heard from HICoP and the public about the unbearable tour copter noise nuisance pollution, totally ignore meaningful actions.    

What meaningful action do you intend to take to address this totally unnecessary aircraft noise issue? 

( HICoP volunteers to work with you to implement a solution ASAP. )

3.  HHA, Hawaii Helicopter Association,  Air Maui Helicopters, Island Helicopters, Jack Harter Helicopters, Magnum Helicopters, Mauna Loa Helicopters, Paradise Helicopters, Sunshine Helicopters, ( Blue Hawaiian )  Why do you, many of you having met with HICoP in Hilo on October 4, 2016, and been at public hearings on March 30 2017, April 16, 2018, having heard in specific detail how your tour copter operations totally unnecessarily torture those on the ground with your incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution, totally ignore this impact to others?  Why do you intentionally alienate the communities you do business in?  Why don’t you have Aloha?

What meaningful action do you intend to take to address this totally unnecessary tour copter noise nuisance issue? 

( HICoP volunteers to work with you to implement a solution ASAP. )

4.  FAA ATC Todd Gondolph – Mahalo for your detailed presentations.  Many of the tour copter noise issues arise within FAA ATC controlled airspace.  You as a FAA ATC controller may consider tour copter departure and arrival flight paths the best for aviation, which they may be, but FAA ATC does not operate in a vacuum, there are neighboring communities with real people living in their homes.  When FAA ATC operates in a vacuum and ignores the communities that it impacts, the festering wound of aircraft noise totally unnecessarily alienates the communities you are suppose to be serving.  Case in point, Next-Gen Phoenix, the FAA ATC vacuum bubble was broken by court orders that cancelled Next-Gen Phoenix and restored prior existing flight paths.

HICoP/Community Organizations request liaison with FAA ATC decision makers at all Hawaii Airports where tour copters operate to mutually address community noise issues relating to tour copter flight paths in FAA ATC controlled airspace. 

Will FAA ATC accommodate this request? 

Mahalo,

Bob

For the HICoP Board

Post Author: HANSTF