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Bob – For the HICoP Board

July 7, 2021

HANSTF JULY 20, 2021 MEETING AGENDA

Aloha HANSTF,

Following the April 20, 2021 HANSTF meeting, HICoP wrote HANSTF the email attached below.

Excerpts from HICoP email:

If the Goal of the Task Force is “Address noise concerns pertaining to the Hawaii air tour industry” it has been a total failure to date since no meaningful action has been taken and there is non on the horizon.

HICoP suggests that the next meeting, 3 months away, July 20, 2021, be exclusively dedicated to the common knowledge existing tour copter noise dilemma that is created by the tour copters transiting over occupied properties and how this noise torture can be eliminated forthwith.

The posted HANSTF agenda for the July 20, 2021 meeting only proposes  “will conduct a Virtual Public Meeting to gather input and information from community members regarding overflight noise and safety concerns East Honolulu to Waimanalo area of Oahu.”

HANSTF has already received comments from the public on:

September 22, 2020 Pearl City, Oahu Focused Virtual Public Meeting,

September 24, 2020 Kailua, Oahu Focused Virtual Public Meeting,

December 1, 2020, Maui and Kaua’i Focused Virtual Public Meeting,

December 3, 2020, Hilo and Kona Focused Virtual Public Meeting

The FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator and Hawaii Airports Division were in attendance at the above meetings and heard the public plead for relief from the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution torture.

HANSTF has had two meetings since those previous Public Meetings listed above and the FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator and Hawaii Airports Division were in attendance at both those meetings.

:January 19, 2021, Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force Virtual Meeting,

April 20, 2021, Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force Virtual Meeting

HANSTF was announced on: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2020 Hawaii Air Tour Task Force to Address Safety and Noise.  ( hanstf.org )

Besides the current above mentioned HANSTF public hearings on tour copter noise nuisance pollution the following public hearing meetings were also held as listed below:

1.   Airport Division Deputy Director Ross Higashi met with HICoP at UH Hilo on August 9, 2016 where he was told by the HICoP Board about the unbearable tour copter noise torture on Hawaii Island,

2.  The FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator held a standing room only public hearing at Hilo Airport on March 3, 2017

3.  The FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator and Airports Division Deputy Director Ross Higashi jointly held a standing room only public hearing at Hilo Nani Mau on August 16, 2018,

The 2021 Hawaii Legislature HCR 81 was sent to HANSTF and requested:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

2021 STATE OF HAWAII HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, AND HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO TAKE EVERY ACTION NECESSARY TO ADDRESS RAPIDLY INCREASING SAFETY RISKS AND COMMUNITY DISRUPTION RESULTING FROM INSUFFICIENT REGULATION OF RAPIDLY INCREASING OPERATIONS OF TOUR HELICOPTERS AND SMALL AIRCRAFT THROUGHOUT HAWAII SKIES.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force is urged to immediately respond substantively to public safety and community disruption concerns with clear changes to operations to reduce time, place, and manner of operations; 

It would be an understatement to say that meaningful action by the responsible government entities,  the FAA and the Hawaii Airports Division, is totally unnecessarily nonexistent.

HICoP asks HANSTF again;

HICoP suggests that the next meeting, 3 months away, July 20, 2021, be exclusively dedicated to the common knowledge existing noise dilemma that is created by the tour copters transiting over occupied properties and how this noise torture can be eliminated forthwith.

Mahalo,

Bob

For the HICoP Board

Bob – For the HICoP Board

April 21, 2021

Aloha HANSTF,

If the Goal of the Task Force is “Address noise concerns pertaining to the Hawaii air tour industry” it has been a failure to date since no meaningful action has been taken and there is non on the horizon.

The co-chairs were again absent from the meeting so agenda item 4 going back to the January 21, 2021 HANSTF meeting regarding a study consultant remains unexplained.

Agenda item 6.a. by the FAA did not provide any reference to how the FAA will address “noise”.

Hawaii is the most tour copter impacted State in the Nation yet we have had no meaningful action to address the Hawaii tour industry noise provided by the HANSTF Task Force Members.

So another 3 months to the next quarterly meeting and another 3 months of totally unnecessary tour copter noise nuisance pollution torture for the people of Hawaii.

HICoP suggests that the next meeting, 3 months away, be exclusively dedicated to the common knowledge existing tour copter noise dilemma that is created by the tour copters transiting over occupied properties and how this noise torture can be eliminated forthwith.

Mahalo,

Bob

For the HICoP Board

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