William Steiger

November 13, 2020

How can you allow tour helicopters to target people who file complaints with the FAA? After filing a complaint with FAA Inspectors, who came to my house, while being tracked by their phones by helicopter pilots (the FAA Inspectors told me this). I was targeted by 254 helicopter over flights in one day on Dec. 24. It was pure Hell! I was forced to move away!

Mark Gordon

November 26, 2020

Aloha

I would have testified at the December Kona/Hilo meeting. However we will be our of the country.   I also submitted comments on the HANSTF web site 

Here are my comments and observations:

We live in the Waikoloa Village HI 

– Is it possible to establish a No Fly Zone over Waikoloa Village ? If not, can the tour helicopters fly around the Village?
– Possible for these air craft to fly over water more often versus flying over land ?  The FAA has already required this requirement for flights over the Long Island NY area.
– What Additional safety steps are tour operators taking with the fatal crashes on Kailua and Kauai ?
– Can all tour helicopter aircraft be equipped with  Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
for the entirety of tour flights ?
– Require that tour flights always fly above 1,500 feet altitude over actual ground
– Require tour flights over occupied areas (including residential, commercial and recreational areas) to be no louder than 55 dbA, the same level of noise commonly allowed for residential areas.
– Can the aircraft’s operation/flight paths be modified to reduce noise levels or equipped with additional equipment to accomplish this 

purpose ?
– Require that all regulations  including updating any Air Tours Common Procedure Manual, include public engagement/comment
-Request FAA to implement National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations regarding Part 135 regulations, which most tour flights fly under. Prohibit tour flights from flying under less restrictive Part 91 regulations.  This should certainly be considered with the recent Hawaii Island crashes.

Thank you for allowing me share my observations and comments.

Mark Gordon
Waikoloa HI.

Debra Laeha

November 26, 2020

The out-of-control tour helicopter industry on Oahu needs to be addressed. We have lived and raised our family in Maunawili for 20 years. Over the past 4-5 years, we have been inundated with tour helicopters and their incessant drone in our peaceful valley. During the peak tourist summer season prior to Covid, there were as many as 14 helicopters overhead/hour…that is one EVERY FOUR MINUTES!

Tour helicopters fly over Mt. Olomana and into the Maunawili Community even on rainy, cloudy, despite their lack of the equipment needed to navigate safely under these conditions. The need for this equipment is evidenced by the tragic tour helicopter accident that occurred under overcast conditions in Kailua Town in 2019. Because tour helicopters are only capable of operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR), it is especially dangerous to those of us living on the Windward side of the Island where weather conditions are unpredictable (a fact that the tour operators have openly acknowledged).

We have had face-to-face conversations with the Hawaii Helicopter Association and various helicopter tour operators about our safety and noise concerns. While some operators (Novictor and Hawaii Pacific Aviation) have made some adjustments to occasionally vary their routes, others continue to blast our homes with impunity. One operator, in particular, has operated uncontrolled/unregulated by the FAA for so long that he deems himself “untouchable”. At a 2019 Kailua Board meeting, this operator actually taunted a concerned citizen saying “good luck” trying to enact any control over the tour helicopter industry since no one has been successful in doing so after 25 years of trying. SERIOUSLY??…this has been an issue for 25 YEARS and nothing has been done to effectively control the helicopter tour industry? It is not a wonder that we find ourselves in this desperate situation with a tour helicopter industry gone amuck.

Through our collective voices across all Islands, I am hoping we can make changes to the tour helicopter industry so that the health and welfare of our communities are valued over the tourist buck.

Ken Pierce

November 28, 2020

To Whom This Concerns:

How wonderful it has been these last months to live with the absence of tour copters. Certainly, the copters are the most obnoxious of the noise polluters that we are regularly exposed to on the Big Island. No doubt the revenue generated by tour copters is attractive to some, but the deteriorating quality of life, I believe, for most residents isn’t worth the money. My wife and I live on the Hamakua Coast in the area of the Botanical Gardens and, our otherwise, peaceful day is disturbed about a dozen times by low flowing copters that hover about and make it impossible to carry on a phone conversation if we are outside. Put the issue up for a Hawaii wide vote. Hopefully, eliminate the tour copters altogether.

Ken and Roblyn Pierce

Lynne Ruess

November 29, 2020

Hello,

It’s not just Hilo and Kona! The Makiki area of Oahu is negatively impacted by air traffic noise every day.

I live in lower Manoa/Makiki area near Punahou School and NextGen has created a flight path for military and commercial helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft overhead. A near constant stream of them, clearly following the same flight path. They run from before sunrise, throughout the day and most of the night.

The house rattles, we have to suspend conversation or pause a movie on t.v. and they disrupt our sleep each time a plane or helicopter flies over.

Please re-direct the NextGEn superhighway over the ocean, restoring the pre-NextGen patterns as closely as possible and bring back our relatively quiet city neighborhood!

Gary Harrold

November 29, 2020

The quiet skies over Hilo the last few months has been wonderful. Tour helicopters – and military one, too – broadcast such rude, disruptive, aggressive noise. It is common knowledge that noise compromises immune function. Barking dogs, so so frequent sirens, mowers, angry motorcycles, mufflers on, usually young peoples vehicles, not to mention jets that noise pollute the sky as they approach Hilo airport – combine to delete serenity, quite effectively. Gary Harrold HILO

Bob Ernst

November 30, 2020

HICOP COMMENTS TO THE HAWAII AIR NOISE AND SAFETY TASKFORCE MEMBERS, DECEMBER 1/3, 2020

Aloha Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Taskforce Members,

More hearings are not going to solve the Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle, the continuing torture of the people on the ground in Hawaii from the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution, meaningful action by those responsible is way past due..

Ross Higashi, HDOTA Airports Division Deputy Director, first met with HICoP on August 9, 2016 in Hilo and heard in detail how the tour copters were impacting those on the ground. Ross was the co-sponsor with FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Dennis Roberts at the April 16, 2018 Nani Mau public hearing and Ross was present to hear the publics’ testimony, the same that he had heard before and the same that he will hear again today.

HDOTA Deputy Director Ross Higashi knows well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet has taken no meaningful action to date. Ross, when are you going to to do your job and address this on going Airports Division disaster? The solution is so simple.

Dennis Roberts/Raquel Garvin, FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator have participated in multiple hearings on Hawaii Island where packed public meetings told Roberts of the unbearable incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution. These hearings took place on March 30, 2017 and April 16, 2018.

The FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Raquel Garvin knows well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet has taken no meaningful action to date. Raquel, when are you going to do your job and take meaningful action to address this on going FAA disaster? The solution is so simple.

Blue Hawaiian – Eric Lincoln, Paradise – Calvin Dorn, Safari – Preston Meyer, Sunshine – Paul Morris, Hawaii Island tour copter operators, met with HICoP on October 4, 2016 and HICoP told them in detail how their tour copter operations were negatively impacting those on the ground with their incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution. HICoP suggested a solution at that meeting.

Blue Hawaiian, Paradise, Safari, Sunshine, know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date. Tour Copter Operators, when are you going to address your operational negative impacts and take meaningful action to address this on going Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle disaster and stop alientating the communities you do business in and show some Aloha? The solution is so simple.

Senators Schatz and Hirono, Representative Gabbard, received a 4 page letter dated September 28, 2016, describing in detail the Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle and requesting them as the Hawaii Congressional Delegation to address the tour copter issue. That letter was written and signed by then State Senator Kahele and now Representative Elect Kahele. Both Schatz and Gabbard had town halls on Hawaii Island on April 19, 2017, where they heard in detail from their constituents how the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution was destroying their lives.

Schatz, Hirono, Gabbard, Kahele know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date. Senators Schatz and Hirono, when are you going to do your job, represent your constituents and take meaningful action to address this on going disaster for your suffering constituents ? The solution is so simple.

It should be recognized that only Representative Ed Case has come forward and with truly meaningful actions represented all the people of Hawaii regarding the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution Hawaii debacle.

Mahalo nui loa Ed!

The tour copter issue is so simple, transiting over occupied properties, inflicting the noise footprint totally unnecessarily on those on the ground.

The tour copter noise nuisance pollution solution is so simple, do not transit over occupied properties thereby removing the offending tour copter noise footprint.

Due to home isolation from the virus and the halt in tour copter operations due to the virus restrictions, the people on the ground in Hawaii now know and have experienced life without tour copter noise torture and yearn for this experienced serenity to become permanent as it should.

Of course the solution would be well received by your constituents when serenity is returned to them free from incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution but the solution is also of great benefit to the tour copter operators, since all complaints would cease and so would the clamour for meaningful action, action that has taken place in other jurisdictions where tour copter operations have been eliminated and/or severely limited, and all would live happily thereafter in Hawaii nei with Aloha.

HICoP’s only goal and purpose is to restore serenity to Hawaii free from incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution.

Mahalo,

Bob
For the HICoP Board

Peter Realnut

November 30, 2020

Too many helicopters carelessly fly at low altitude over our Puna residence. While the folks soaring above our heads enjoy the sights, they seem oblivious to the facts that they constantly invade our privacy, disturb our peace, pollute our air and risk killing us, considering that an average of two tour helicopters have crashed annually in Hawaii over the past thirty years. I have yet to meet a neighbor who does not have something negative to say about this awful racket. But that’s not all! I noticed more and more small private planes loudly and at times dangerously “playing” over our heads. They carelessly disturb the environment’s harmony, and are more dangerous than the tour helicopters, because they get to bypass all FAA regulations. Don’t forget that “Three people were being treated at Hilo Medical Center after a single-engine plane crashed Tuesday at Hilo International Airport. The Cessna 172, operated by Iolani Air Tour Co., crashed shortly after takeoff around 1:50 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.” (Hawaii Herald Tribune, 4/15/15). For some reason, the newspaper did not report that the crash actually occurred near a school filled with children; and the young pilot did not have his license yet. By the way, many more small planes have crashed in Hawaii since then, and many did crash before this sobering accident. Are we really waiting for the unthinkable before finally taking adult, responsible measures? Mahalo nui for your help and consideration. Peace be with your spirit and with your heart. Aloha

HICOP COMMENTS TO THE HAWAII AIR NOISE AND SAFETY TASKFORCE MEMBERS, DECEMBER 1/3, 2020

Aloha Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Taskforce Members,

More hearings are not going to solve the Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle, the continuing torture of the people on the ground in Hawaii from the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution, meaningful action by those responsible is way past due..

Ross Higashi, HDOTA Airports Division Deputy Director, first met with HICoP on August 9, 2016 in Hilo and heard in detail how the tour copters were impacting those on the ground.  Ross was the co-sponsor with FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Dennis Roberts at the April 16, 2018 Nani Mau public hearing and Ross was present to hear the publics’ testimony, the same that he had heard before and the same that he will hear again today.

HDOTA Deputy Director Ross Higashi knows well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet has taken no meaningful action to date.  Ross, when are you going to to do your job and address this on going  Airports Division disaster? The solution is so simple.

Dennis Roberts/Raquel Garvin, FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator have participated in multiple hearings on Hawaii Island where packed public meetings told Roberts of the unbearable incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution.  These hearings took place on March 30, 2017 and April 16, 2018.

The FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Raquel Garvin knows well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet has taken no meaningful action to date.  Raquel, when are you going to do your job and take meaningful action to address this on going FAA disaster?  The solution is so simple.

Blue Hawaiian – Eric Lincoln, Paradise – Calvin Dorn, Safari – Preston Meyer, Sunshine – Paul Morris, Hawaii Island tour copter operators, met with HICoP on October 4, 2016 and HICoP told them in detail how their tour copter operations were negatively impacting those on the ground with their incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution.  HICoP suggested a solution at that meeting. 

Blue Hawaiian, Paradise, Safari, Sunshine,  know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.  Tour Copter Operators, when are you going to address your operational negative impacts and take meaningful action to address this ongoing Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle disaster and stop alientating the communities you do business in and show some Aloha?  The solution is so simple.

Senators Schatz and Hirono, Representative Gabbard, received a 4 page letter dated September 28, 2016, describing in detail the Hawaii Tour Copter Debacle and requesting them as the Hawaii Congressional Delegation to address the tour copter issue.  That letter was written and signed by then State Senator Kahele and now Representative Elect Kahele.  Both Schatz and Gabbard had town halls on Hawaii Island on April 19, 2017, where they heard in detail from their constituents how the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution was destroying their lives.

Schatz, Hirono, Gabbard, Kahele know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.  Senators Schatz and Hirono, when are you going to do your job, represent your constituents and take meaningful action to address this on going disaster for your suffering constituents ?  The solution is so simple.

It should be recognized that only Representative Ed Case has come forward and with truly meaningful actions represented all the people of Hawaii regarding the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution Hawaii debacle.  Mahalo nui loa Ed!

The tour copter issue is so simple, transiting over occupied properties, inflicting the noise footprint totally unnecessarily on those on the ground.

The tour copter noise nuisance pollution solution is so simple, do not transit over occupied properties thereby removing the offending tour copter noise footprint.

Due to home isolation from the virus and the halt in tour copter operations due to the virus restrictions, the people on the ground in Hawaii now know and have experienced life without tour copter noise torture and yearn for this experienced serenity to become permanent as it should.

Of course the solution would be well received by your constituents when serenity is returned to them free from incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution but the solution is also of great benefit to the tour copter operators, since all complaints would cease and so would the clamour for meaningful action, action that has taken place in other jurisdictions where tour copter operations have been eliminated and/or severely limited, and all would live happily thereafter in Hawai nei with Aloha.

HICoP’s only goal and purpose is to restore serenity to Hawaii free from incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution.

Mahalo,

Bob

For the HICoP Board

David Montgomerie

December 1. 2020

I’m writing in support of the ongoing effort to require a reduction of commercial helicopter flight noise levels affecting residents of the Island of Hawaii.
In normal times helicopter noise levels mauka of the Laupahoehoe region are so bad that conversation in the home is impossible for one to two minutes as a flight approaches This happens perhaps 5 time daily, I estimate. The helicopters operating from Hilo produce far higher noise levels than do the Blue Hawaiian aircraft, and should not be permitted to operate in Hawaii, as I understand is the case elsewhere in the US for those machines.
Currently, helicopter noise levels, or corporate profits above all else, penalize Big Island residents and compromise our right to a relatively peaceful existence in the State of Hawaii. The best interests of citizens of Hawaii should be a priority.

Sincerely,

David Montgomerie