Toni Ann Lee

September 17, 2020

My family moved to Maunawili Valley when I was a child in 1974. I left in 1981 for the mainland. When describing where I was from to others, beautiful and quiet were the most fitting description. I moved back home in 2018 and was surprised to hear all the helicopter traffic every day at all times of the day.

I lived for 6 years right next to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. The traffic noise was a din and there would be a disruption in that din every so often with a large truck or Harley driving by. The helicopter noise here is worse than that since it pierces the peaceful quiet. It is actually impossible to hear the tv or carry on a web chat over the helicopter noise. I once counted 22 flyovers in one day. And the fact that we are wrapped in the valley by the Koolaus only amplifies the noise. Something should be done to reduce this intrusion. The silverlining of the pandemic is getting our peaceful valley back. Please help.

Bill Hicks

September 17, 2020

The Kailua Neighborhood Board letter of September 15, 2019 to Mr. Steve Dickson, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC and Ms. Nicole Vandelaar, Chairperson, Hawaii Helicopter Association Honolulu, Hawaii follows:

Subject: Tour Helicopter Flights over Kailua

Aloha Mr. Dickson and Ms. Vandelaar,

Kailua experienced a fatal helicopter crash on Oneawa Street on April 29th. This was the third helicopter crash in the Kailua-Kaneohe-Windward Oahu area in the 6 months between October 22, 2018 and April 29, 2019. Many members of our community expressed their safety concerns about commercial tour helicopters flying over Kailua. Residents are concerned about the public safety of our community on the ground, as well as the safety of passengers onboard the helicopters.

At our May 2, 2019 Kailua Neighborhood Board meeting the board unanimously passed the following motion:
The Kailua Neighborhood Board #31 supports our Elected Officials’ written request dated April 30th that the FAA and State Department of Transportation Airports Division immediately ground tour and commercial helicopter operations in our State until an investigation can be completed. In addition, the Board requests that commercial tour helicopter flights over Kailua be stopped immediately.

Our board subsequently established a Low Flying Commercial Tour Helicopter Flights Over Kailua Subcommittee which held several meetings with concerned residents and helicopter tour representatives and produced the following motion which was passed at our September 5, 2019 meeting:

RESOLUTION RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND URGENCY TO SUPPORT STRINGENT REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF TOUR AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS OVER KAILUA (96734)
WHEREAS:
1. Ever increasing and widespread operation of tour helicopters and other small aircraft pose an increased safety risk to our communities when operated over densely populated areas. This has caused increasing and realistic concern for public safety in the aftermath of several accidents in close succession – specifically three helicopter crashes in Windward Oahu within a six (6) month period; and
2. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has comprehensively recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Part 135 Air Tour Companies operating under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 135 – Operators (which include most tour helicopter operations on Oahu) that they implement the same safety requirements (appropriately scaled to the size of the operations) that apply to commercial airlines; and
3. A few tour operators operate at an even lower threshold of regulation as FAR Part 91 Commercial operators and are not subject to even the current safety requirements of Part 135 Operators; and
4. FAR Part 136 A addresses Air Tour Operations in Hawaii; and
5. Substantially increased regulation of tour operations for safety of people and property on the ground, as well as aircrew and passengers has been repeatedly called for over the past 10 years by the NTSB in the name of public safety; and
6. The community recognizes the efforts of individual air tour operators and the Hawaii Helicopter Association to address citizen concerns around both safety and noise; and
7. This community wants a level of safety that is called for by the NTSB’s 2019-2020 “Top 10 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for Part 135 Operators” (https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/default.aspx) to include:
-Implementation of a Safety Management System and Fight Data Monitoring, appropriately scaled to the size of the operation, to detect and correct unsafe deviations from company procedures before an accident occurs.
-Implement standard procedures to eliminate unnecessary distractions in the cockpit for the pilot.
-Implement increased standards in maintenance quality assurance and FAA oversight of operations as recommended to the Tour Operators Program of Safety; and
8. The community believes that overflight of Kailua by tour operators on multiple flights a day when not subject to the safety regulations and procedures recommended as a top priority by the NTSB present an undue hazard to our citizens, our homes, and our island guests; and
9. The noise from frequent helicopter over flights negatively impacts health and quality of life;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE KAILUA NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD THAT:
1. The Board fully supports and endorses substantially increased regulation of Air Tour Operators and other small aircraft as set forth by the NTSB’s Top Ten Safety Recommendations pertinent to Air Tour Operations (https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/default.aspx); AND
2. The Board urges that the FAA require all Air Tour Operators in Hawaii to meet FAR Part 135 certification standards as a minimum level of public and aircrew safety; AND that the FAA create regulations to address:
-Setting clearly defined and strictly enforced regulatory flight paths for tour helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft with safety considerations first and foremost;
-Regulating and enforcing tour helicopter operations to a minimum altitude of 2000 feet above the closest land mass, island community, public park, or building as safety permits;
-Regulating and enforcing tour helicopter operations to a minimum distance of one (1) mile off shore – as safety permits; AND
3. The Board requests that the Hawaii Helicopter Association members and other tour operators immediately and voluntarily stop tour helicopter overflights of densely populated areas of Kailua (96734) as defined by boundaries as depicted on the FAA Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Sectional (yellow areas). Furthermore, the Board requests that overflights of less densely populated areas of Kailua (96734) (green areas) utilize multiple different routes so that the frequency of overflights over any given location is substantially reduced. AND
4. The Board requests that the FAA formally eliminate helicopter tour overflights of Kailua altogether. AND
5. The Board requests that tour operators comply with all existing and pertinent regulations and that the FAA enforce all existing and pertinent regulations; AND
6. The Board urges that its federal, state and county elected and administrative government officials devote their full efforts to such substantially increased regulation in the interest of public safety: AND
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution as adopted be transmitted to all members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation, as well as to the Governor of the State of Hawaii, the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, State Senators, State Representatives, and City Council Member representing Kailua (96734), the FAA Administrator, the FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Chairperson and ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Transportation and Infrastructure.

We appreciate the rapid fashion in which the FAA promulgated Special Federal Aviation Regulation #71, which prohibits air tour airplanes and helicopters from flying below a minimum altitude of 1,500 feet in Hawaii, on September 26, 1994 following a series of 7 helicopter accidents in Hawaii in the first 9 months of 1994. We similarly request that the FAA take prompt action to adopt the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations, require all Air Tour Operators in Hawaii to meet FAR Part 135 certification standards, and halt commercial tour helicopter flights over Kailua.

Additionally, we appreciate the cooperation of the Hawaii Helicopter Association in considering interim processes that would voluntarily stop tour helicopter overflights of densely populated areas of Kailua and modify the overflights of less densely populated areas of Kailua so that the frequency of overflights over any given location is substantially reduced.

Sincerely,

William M. Hicks, Chairman

Robert Gould

September 18, 2020

Although I am no longer flying, I have flown everything from Piper Cubs to 747s over the last 55 years, and have owned two airplanes; a Cessna 172 that I kept at the airport and a Republic Seabee that I kept at home on Kaneohe Bay. I have had friends who own helicopters land in my yard. I think a lot of this is a somewhat hysterical response to something that is not really a problem. Essentially all of the helicopters and small aircraft tour operations fly over our house, or nearly over it, and I do not see them as much of a problem from the standpoint of noise or safety. The real noise problems are caused by the military aircraft and helicopters that operate to and from MCBH and from other bases that pass over our area.

Of course there is some risk with any mechanical device, and something falling out of the sky onto your street is certainly dramatic, but the dangers from car crashes and walking along the street are much greater than are the dangers from any kind of aircraft.

I suppose that one could make a case about the noise impact due to the large number of tour aircraft, but frankly I find the loud cars and motorcycles racing on H-3 behind our house much more objectionable (and dangerous). I do agree that helicopters operating just off Waikiki beach are a pain, but that should be addressable by direct contact with the operators, and these meetings don’t appear to address that issue at all.

General aviation has enough problems operating in Hawaii without being unduly restricted by people who are afraid the sky is falling.

I hope something can be worked out that will satisfy the community while still allowing overflights, but I think if something could be done about the military helicopter and aircraft routes the problem would largely go away; I suspect that the frustration over their noise carries over to the general aviation activities.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

September 19, 2020

TESTIMONY TO THE HAWAII AIR NOISE & SAFETY TASK FORCE

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020

By Representative Cynthia Thielen


As a Hawai‘i State Representative for District 50 (Kailua, Kaneohe Bay), I speak for thousands of Windward Oahu residents who have been negatively impacted by commercial air tours. After one tour helicopter crashed in the middle of Kailua town, I received hundreds of calls and emails from constituents legitimately worried about the safety of their families and homes. This, added to the incessant buzz of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft flying over residential neighborhoods, needs to be immediately addressed and resolved by this Task Force. Without a doubt, the lack of regulation and lucrative nature of these commercial helicopter tours have created a “Wild West” in the sky.

When Legislative Committee Members heard bills addressing helicopter noise, numerous residents testified about their diminished quality of life. Many said they could not hear television programs or have conversations in their own homes when helicopters fly over, which can occur in some neighborhoods multiple times an hour. Some noted their animals are disturbed, their kids can’t concentrate on their schoolwork, and those wishing to sleep cannot during the day. On the Big Island by Volcano National Park, one man said the helicopter tours start before he has his breakfast and last throughout the day, making his life “miserable.”

What regulation is in place for commercial tour helicopters? Outside of some minimum-altitude-level guidelines, barely anything. With no flight plans, no limits on frequency, and little to no enforcement or accountability for pilots who violate the few rules in place, neighborhoods are inundated with noise, and residents overwhelmingly feel that their privacy is being violated from hovering helicopters. Something must be done, not only for the peace of mind of our residents, but for the safety of our neighborhoods.

Although helicopters fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration once in flight, there are also steps the state and counties can take. The FAA could implement a Special Federal Aviation Regulation or create place-specific rules as it’s done along the east coast of Long Island. Due to the frequency of flights from New York City to the Hamptons that pass over residences on Long Island, Sen. Chuck Schumer in response to constituent complaints, became an advocate for better managing the helicopter traffic. The FAA ultimately passed new rules, providing a specific offshore flight route for the helicopters, and minimum-altitude levels of 2,500 feet over land and 3,000 feet over water (the minimum-flight altitude observed over residences in Hawaii is only 1,500 feet).

SFARs for national parks and the surrounding areas that often see a deluge of commercial-tour helicopters in Hawaii is not only appropriate, but also necessary for compliance with the National Park Air Tour Management Act of 2000, requiring the FAA to create air-tour plans or enter voluntary agreements with commercial-tour companies.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono have attempted to sue the FAA to comply with this act. Oral arguments were scheduled for the U.S. Court of Appeals in November 2018, but were cancelled. The groups are currently re-filing the petition.

Since the implementation of the National Park Air Tour Management Act was delayed, it has allowed commercial tours to continue unabated. Volcano National Park recorded 15,489 helicopter tour flights in 2016, which averages to 42 flights daily. Considering they generally only fly during the day, it breaks down to three to four flights hourly over the same general areas.

It’s clear that action is needed regarding the lack of rules and regulations surrounding these commercial helicopter tours. The various scopes of government jurisdiction, ranging from federal to state to county, can play a unique role in possibly addressing the helicopter noise problem in the islands.

It isn’t fair to the neighborhoods in areas of natural beauty to concede peace and quiet on a daily basis to accommodate a very noisy, invasive leisure activity. Through cooperation and common-sense rule and regulation passage, tour companies can run their businesses and residents can enjoy quieter skies.

Debra Laeha

September 19, 2020

Mahalo for allowing me to provide my testimony. In some ways, this concern feels incredibly petty relative to the other more significant issues we are dealing with at this time in history, but I cannot sit idly by and allow the place that I call home to be consumed again by the out-of-control tour helicopter industry.

The tour helicopter industry has been allowed to operate virtually unregulated in the Islands for decades. Tour helicopters fly whenever, wherever they want; their only requirement is to “fly neighborly” and “safely”, at an altitude of 1500 ft or higher. This leaves things wide open to interpretation and has produced a wild-wild west mentality in our skies.

Tour helicopters fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR); they are not equipped with instruments to fly under cloudy conditions. Despite this, tour operators fly over Windward Communities even under rainy, cloudy conditions when the Koʻolau Mountains are completely fogged in. This creates incredibly unsafe conditions as evidenced by the tragic helicopter accident on April 29, 2019, when a tour helicopter pilot became disoriented during overcast conditions and crashed in the middle of Kailua Townʻs main street, killing 3, but miraculously sparing the lives of those on the ground. Because tour helicopters in Hawaii are only capable of operating only under VFR, it is especially dangerous to those of us living in Windward Communities where weather and wind conditions, especially near the mountains, are notoriously “unpredictable” (which tour operators have openly acknowledged).


When called, every government agency (FAA, Hawaii Airport Division, Hawaii Department of Transportation) points to the other as the one in charge. After many aggravating phone calls and finger-pointing (the proverbial endless loop), it became clear that NO ONE is in control of these operators. In fact, government agencies have been given the tour helicopter industry carte blanche authority (via the Hawaii Helicopter Association—which actually has NO authority over individual operators) to control/monitor THEMSELVES! How ludicrous that the fox is given the keys to the hen house! Some tour operators have held these keys for so long that they openly goad frustrated community members to “go ahead and try to make changes” since they know that the Community has been unsuccessful in doing so for more than 25 years. These operators know they have the upper hand; the tourist buck has clearly been valued over the health and well-being of Kamaʻāina for years.

Pre-COVID, the volume of tour helicopters over Maunawili/Olomana (based on data from the FlightRadar24 app) had reached a tipping point. We averaged a helicopter overhead every 4 to 5 minutes from 7 am to 6 pm—every day. It became so unbearable that my family actually considered moving from our home of 20+ years. Then we realized that there was no place to go! We are buzzed by helicopters while at our family property in Pupukea, at cemeteries in Kaneohe and Diamond Head, at Makapuʻu beach, on the mountain hiking trails, at City and State parks, and while having coffee in Manoa… there is virtually no escaping the incessant drone of these helicopters. The now quiet skies created by COVID have only highlighted how dire the problem had become. We are overjoyed to hear the birds again.

Since the FAA and Hawaii State government agencies have been ineffective partners in establishing regulations to protect the safety and well-being of our community, we need the National Transportation Safety Board to have the authority to help adopt, enforce and monitor the regulations for increased safety standards for the tour helicopter industry.

Suggestions:

– Reduce/control the volume of tour helicopter activity
– Increase minimum altitude requirements
– Vary flight paths so one community is not inundated over others
– To ensure the safety of those on the ground, tour helicopters should be banned from flying over residential
areas altogether
– Tour helicopters should be required to fly one mile offshore to ensure the safety of those on the ground
– Require helicopters be fitted with IFR and floatation equipment
– In addition to HHAʻs “self-monitoring”, establish an independent government agency to represent Kamaʻāina
concerns, monitor tour operator activities, and impose CONSEQUENCES for infractions (turning off
transponders, flying below required elevations, crashes) and ensure appropriate licensing, etc.


PLEASE take the keys from the fox!

MAHALO,
Debra Laeha and the Hen House

B.A. Alexander

September 20, 2020

Hello,

O’ahu, in those areas of development, is a very dense, congested island. Therefore, I strongly oppose the flying of helicopter tour flights over ANY developed area of O’ahu.
That would include:
1. Housing developments (SF homes, condos, townhouses, high-rises, low-rises).
2. Hotel and resort areas.
3. Agricultural lands: for the safety of ag. workers.
4. “Punchbowl” National Cemetery and ALL other cemeteries on the island: for the safety of on-going burial groups and regular on-going visitors.
5. Pearl Harbor Memorial, Diamond Head, all Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This area is open to visitors on-the-ground. For their safety, no flights above.

Now, that would seem to leave flying over the Ko’olau and Wai’anae Mtn. ranges as OK for flight. However, if there were a problem, any rescue party would be in potentially dangerous conditions. Also, flying over developed areas would be necessary to reach the mountain ranges.

Therefore, helicopter tours on O’ahu ought to be restricted to designated flight paths OFF-SHORE ONLY. These flight paths ought to be based on FAA review as to flying height, distance off-shore, speed allowed et al.

Keep the residents of O’ahu safe.

Mahalo.

Regards,

B.A. Alexander
Kailua, O’ahu Resident

Mark Gordon

September 20, 2020

Aloha

We live in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island. Since there is no public meeting at this time, we wished to still offer comments. In the future, public meetings on all Islands with helicopter tours is requested.

– 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 ?
– Additional safety steps tour operators are taking with recent 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.

Jeff McKay

September 20, 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. As residents and taxpayers of Kailua, we have a SERIOUS objection to the current level of disruption to our peace and happiness, created by the noise of tour helicopters around: KANEOHE BAY, LANIKAI and KAILUA BEACHES.The cone of the disruptive beat of the helicopter blades effects well-being of thousands of citizens EVERY FLIGHT for the sole benefit of 3 or 4 passengers, paying a few hundred bucks for the thrill.
The imbalance of the irritation of the entire windward population for the benefit of very few, seems ludicrous. This sort of reduction of quality of life so a few operators can make a few bucks would not be tolerated if it was construction noise, industry noise, or virtually any other recreation noise. Why is it tolerated with scenic flights? The disruptive “Sound of Freedom” from the many military activities (which I support), plus the necessary commercial jets are expected and accepted. Please consider: VIRTUAL FLIGHTS as the alternative. Properly done, the experience is near real, absolutely safe, and causes no DAMAGE to the quality of life of an outdoor society. Thank you.

Bob Ernst

September 21, 2020

HICOP COMMENTS TO THE HAWAII AIR NOISE AND SAFETY TASK FORCE ( HANSTF ) MEMBERS, SEPTEMBER 22/24, 2020

Aloha Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force Members,

“The purpose of the meetings is for Task Force members to receive initial comments from community members which will be addressed through the Task Force. The Task Force was developed to address safety and noise issues related to rotor and fixed-wing aerial tours in the state of Hawaii. Community involvement, public outreach, and transparency will be prioritized in all recommendations from the task force to industry and regulators.”

You Task Force Members already know the issues well that you listed above, noise and safety.
Over the years you have all heard the endless complaints from those on the ground in Hawaii regarding the incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution.

It is way past time for the HANSTF task force to take meaningful action.

You already know what you have to do to address these two issues.

Do not transit over occupied properties making sure your noise footprint does not enter occupied properties which by doing this will address both the tour copter noise and crash issues.

There can not be a solution to noise and safety if you continue business as usual, if you continue to transit over those of us in Hawaii on the ground.

This solution is nothing new, the Federal Aviation Administration established such a solution for an island with a lot less copter noise impacts than Hawaii in 2008.
https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/media/NYNShoreHelicopterFinalRule.pdf

When the HICoP Board met with many of you on October 4, 2016, and you could not suggest any solutions to the noise issues, the HICoP Board asked you to consider to voluntarily utilize the FAA already implemented tried and tested offshore route. To date you chose to continue business as usual. Where is your Aloha for the communities you do business in?

This FAA existing Rule 14 CFR Part 93 is better suited to Hawaii than where it is implemented on Long Island, since the airports of Hawaii, unlike the inland airports of Long Island, all border open water so no copter operations would have to transit over occupied properties.

In addition, Hawaii Airports Division ( HDOTA ), should add to their Tour Aircraft Permit prerequisites that tour aircraft are prohibited to allow their noise footprint enter occupied properties.

Problem solved, tour copter noise nuisance pollution complaints cease, crashes when they happen avoid communities with occupied properties, unlike the recent Pearl Harbor, and Kailua copter crashes, serenity free from tour copter noise and safety from tour copter crashes returns to the people on the ground in Hawaii, and the tour copter industry prospers free from threats of impending actions, actions that have eradicated and/or diminished tour copter operations in other locals, and all of us in Hawaii lived happily thereafter.

It should also be pointed out, contrary to your statement on January 9, 2020, “Identifying and establishing stakeholder members from the community will be a top priority as the task force takes shape.”, “the top priority” of “establishing stakeholder members from the community” does not appear to have been achieved.

HICoP has and does volunteer to be a community stakeholder.

Mahalo for letting HICoP address you, the members of the Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force,

The HICoP Board


Link for others to provide comments: https://hanstf.org/index.php/public-meetings/


ADDITIOMAL INFORMATION

Hawaii is the most tour copter impacted State in the Nation.

Hawaii Island is the most tour copter impacted County in the Nation.

Hawaii Volcanoes is the most tour copter impacted National Park in the Nation and Haleakala is the fourth most tour copter impacted Park in the Nation.

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/sound/upload/NRSS_NRR_2018_Air_Tour_Report_20190807_FINAL-1.pdf

Table 4. Reported Commercial Air Tours at High-Activity Units of the National Park System, 2013-2018

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) 15,410 14,427 14,645 15,489 16,520 8,333

National Parks of New York Harbor Management Unit (NPNH) 34,682 39,797 26,812 18,638 11,006 8,141

Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE) 13,218 12,160 10,548 7,530 8,735 7,401

Haleakalā National Park (HALE) 4,631 4,932 4,543 4,589 4,839 4,757

Note that National Parks of New York Harbor Management Unit (NPNH) went from a 2014 high of 39,797 tours to a 2018 low of 8,141 because of actions taken by the administration of noisy New York City.


Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) and the National Park Service ( NPS )

It should be noted that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service are listed on the HANSTF web site as “Technical Advisors” but both these agencies failed for 20 years to implement Congressional Mandated Air Tour Management Plans at any National Parks in the Nation, and not until ordered by the Court as the result of a HICoP lawsuit did these agencies agree to establish by 2022 ATMPs at both Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks.

FAA Western – Pacific Regional Administrator Dennis Roberts participated in two hearings on Hawaii Island where packed public meetings told Roberts of the unbearable incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution. The first public hearing was at Hilo Airport on March 30, 2017 and the second was at Nani Mau Gardens on April 16, 2018. HICoP was present and presented at both public meetings.

Link to FAA Hilo Airport public hearing: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/03/30/video-faa-officials-hear-helicopter-complaints-in-hilo/
Link to FAA/HDOTA Nani Mau public hearing: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2018/08/16/video-passions-flare-at-tour-helicopter-noise-meeting/

The FAA Regional Administrator knows well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet has taken no meaningful action to date.

The FAA Honolulu FSDO ( Flight Standards District Office ) office met with HICoP on September 22, 2016 in Hilo where the tour copter noise nuisance pollution was discussed in detail and HICoP has been in contact with that office to date. FSDO Manager Tiffany Chitwood was also present at the Nani Mau meeting.

The FAA Honolulu FSDO office including Manager Tiffany Chitwood know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.


HDOTA ( Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division ) Deputy Director Ross Higashi

HICoP met with Ross Higashi on August 9, 2016 in Hilo and in detailed described to Ross the impacts of the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle on the people on the ground on Hawaii Island and HICoP has followed up with continuing contacts with Ross and HDOTA..

Ross was the co-sponsor with FAA Dennis Roberts at the April 16, 2018 Nani Mau public hearing and Ross was present to hear the public’s testimony.

The tour copter noise complaint toll free number 1-888-697-7813 is answered in the HDOTA office.

HDOTA and Deputy Director Ross Higashi know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.


The October 4, 2016 HICoP meeting mentioned above was attended by the Hawaii Island tour copter operators:
Blue Hawaiian – Eric Lincoln, Paradise – Calvin Dorn, Safari – Preston Meyer, Sunshine – Paul Morris. HICoP has followed up with these tour copter operators since.

The Hawaii Island tour copter operators Blue Hawaiian, Paradise, Safari and Sunshine know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.


The Hawaii Helicopter Association ( HHA ) sponsored the PlaneNoise to document the noise complaints. HICoP knows that numerous parties filed complaints through PlaneNoise.

The Hawaii Helicopter Association knows well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.


HAI ( Helicopter Association International ) litigated the FAA rule 14 CFR Part 93 that addresses copter noise nuisance pollution on Long Island, NY.

Link to Court decision upholding FAA Rule 14 CFR Part 93 and denying HAI request for review: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-dc-circuit/1638545.html


Senator Lorraine Inouye, listed by HANSTF under Hawaii State Legislative Appointees, signed a 4 page letter from the Hawaii State Legislature dated September 28, 2016 and addressed to the Hawaii Congressional Delegation, Senators Schatz and Hirono and Representative Gabbard describing in detail the tour copter noise nuisance pollution impacts on Hawaii Island and requesting the Congressional Delegation address the same.

HICoP has met with and followed up with the above mentioned office holders and they know well the tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle problem in Hawaii yet have taken no meaningful action to date.

Link to public town hall meetings: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/04/23/32780/
Link to public town hall meetings: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/04/19/video-sen-brian-schatz-holds-town-hall-at-uh-hilo/ ( starts at 49 minutes )
Link to public town hall meetings: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/04/19/full-video-rep-tulsi-gabbard-town-hall-talk-in-hilo/ ( starts at 1 hour 13 minutes )

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.

Link to Representative Ed Case’s meaningful actions: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2019/08/29/rep-cases-safe-and-quiet-skies-act-to-regulate-helicopter-noise/

HICoP applauds Representative Case’s ongoing meaningful actions.

Representative Ed Case

September 22, 2020

Please see attached files