Bob – For the HICoP Board
August 4, 2021
Below is documentation of how long both the Hawaii Airports Division Deputy Director Ross Higashi and the FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator have been involved in doing nothing to address the Hawaii tour copter noise nuisance pollution torture debacle.
1. Ross Higashi email dated August 11, 2016, sent as a result of HICoP meeting with Gov. Ige and Ross Higashi.
2. Big Island Video News coverage of FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Hilo Airport standing room only hearing March 30 2017:
3. Keith Lusk, Western-Pacific Regional Administrator office, June 22, 2017.
It now is apparent that HANSTF, created January 2020, is just another government bureaucracy do nothing sham, same players. different game.
This is GOVERNMENT AT ITS WORST!
This is BUREACRACY AT ITS WORST!
HICoP requests again HANSTF schedule a HANSTF meeting ASAP to provide meaningful action to address all the public comments you have heard and been aware of for years regarding the Hawaii tour copter noise nuisance pollution torture debacle
For the HICoP Board
|RE: HILO GOVERNOR’S/HDOT MEETING||August 11, 2016 12:09 AM|
|To:||rce1 Hilo Bay Fashions LLC kupulanifarm stormpaddler007 mke58|
|Cc:||Henry P Bruckner|
Nice to meet you all last night.
I have sent your email message to the FAA Honolulu Flight Standards Manager.
He will be reaching out to you.
Can you tell me if you have a meeting here with the FAA FSDO on August 22?
Please let me know once he contacts you.
Deputy Director – Airports Division
Big Island Video News coverage of FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Hilo Airport standing room only hearing March 30 2017:
|RE: TOUR HELICOPTER NOISE ON HAWAII ISLAND||June 22, 2017 5:18 PM|
Thank you for your email below asking for an update on FAA activities since the March 2017 meeting in Hilo. Our purpose in conducting that meeting, as well as some others that week, was to hear firsthand from the elected officials, community members, and air tour operators about the helicopter noise issue – specifically with regards to flight activity between Hilo Airport and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We heard a lot and gained a better understanding of the issue and the associated complexities. The National Park Service was our partner in conducting those meetings and we will continue to work closely with them moving forward as Hawaii Volcanoes is the primary tour attraction on the Big Island.
FAA is committed to continue working with all stakeholders in developing potential measures to address concerns about helicopter noise. The FAA is exploring appropriate forums to facilitate this dialogue. We’ve had a couple of discussions with Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) about enlisting their assistance in setting up some type of community noise roundtable or similar type forum to help address these issues. Our experience finds that the most effective measures are those that are developed at the local level and are supported by local consensus. These forums also help avoid outcomes that might simply shift noise from one community to another.
We’ve also had a number of discussions with Helicopter Association International (HAI), specifically with regard to helicopter tour noise issues on the Islands. In part as a result of the March meetings and to fill a fairly long standing void, we have been told that there is an HAI affiliate being set up for the Hawaiian Islands. This local organizational stand up will be beneficial in addressing helicopter noise concerns by providing a collective voice from that side of the stakeholder spectrum. We understand that the HAI affiliate will just not be limited to air tour operators but will likely include other operators including electronic news gathering and first responders.
We’ve also set up a high level interagency (FAA/NPS) telcon in the coming weeks to discuss park proposals for tour activity over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (as well as Haleakala), and coordinating next steps moving forward. I hope this update helps.