Lea Hollingsworth-Ramsey

September 22, 2020

Aloha,
I am a resident of Lanikai, Kailua. I have lived in Kailua for 45 years. My husband Bruce Ramsey, is a born and raised in Kailuan and has lived in Lanikai for 57 years. We are opposed to tour helicopters flying over residential areas in Kailua because of the noise it generates and the risk it poses to the community. In the last 10 years, the amount of helicopter traffic over our home has increased significantly. People have suggested it’s because potential home owners/ investors/ tourists want to see the Lanikai community from the air. They can easily see the community and all the main highlights of the area from the ocean and away from our houses. We already live with an incredible amount of tourist traffic in our small beachside community. They flood our streets, walking and parking everywhere. Now we are being assaulted from the air with their helicopter noise and traffic. We deserve some peace and quiet. We deserve to be safe in our homes without the fear of a helicopter crash landing in the street. These tour helicopters fly really low at times, and it is a big concern. Our children, grandchildren, and pets are frightened by noise. This needs to stop.
The helicopter that crashed in Kailua, crashed really close to my mothers house. Besides killing all who were on board, it could have killed and injured a lot of innocent children if it had crashed into a school or daycare facility. There are preschools, churches and tennis courts not far from where the helicopter crashed. Thank goodness more weren’t killed. The accident was a wake-up call, a call to action to stop the unnecessary air traffic over our homes.

If the helicopter flight is not police, military, or emergency services related, then it should not be flying over residential property. Period.

Thank you for considering my testimony,
Lea Hollingsworth-Ramsey

Jill Thach

September 22, 2020

Helicopters are accidents waiting to happen. Tourist helicopters are not necessary, whereas military, police, and medical helicopters might be in emergency circumstances. ALL helicopters should avoid flying over populated, residential areas, with emergency exceptions. Tourist helicopters are not emergency responders. They have no business flying over homes, playgrounds, beaches, or buildings. Please do not authorize them to do this. Kailua has experienced multiple fatalities caused by helicopter crashes. Enough is enough! Stop this behavior! Thank you. Jill

Malia Nolan

September 22, 2020

Tour helicopters ruined my experience of my home. At my mom’s house in Kahala, prior to COVID we have had a tour helicopter fly over our house EVERY 5 – 10 MINUTES ON AVERAGE 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 7AM – SUNSET. We’d have up to 70 a day at times, all flying directly over our house or so close that we had to pause phone calls, and not even be able to hear each other speak when sitting outdoors for lunch, etc until the passed. Oftentimes our windows will even vibrate. My mom and I took ongoing records for almost a year logging them.

It turned my childhood home, where my own mom was also raised, into a place where I was on constant edge and anxiety, unable to pray and practice my faith in a deep way due to the anxiety of “when is the next one coming?”, unable to relax, and even uncomfortable using our beautiful outdoor shower, because the helicopters fly so low over our house I worried passengers could see me! That is NOT OK. The fact that we pay so much money in property taxes to live here and have countless tourists flying over our private backyard, and making me feel unsafe and uncomfortable to shower, or do yoga in the garden of our PRIvATE HOME, is NOT OK. The impact on my health & well-being from being unable to practice my faith in my own home due to the noise ~ noise that prior to several years ago NEVER EXISTED HERE FROM 1952 WHEN MY GRANDPARENTS BUILT THIS HOME, IS NOT OK.

I moved to the Mainland in part to get away from what felt like a living nightmare. One tour helicopter can be heard for miles, and the drone and buzz impacts hundreds of homes at a time in our densely populated island, if not thousands. And yet there is no regulation, no flight paths, no limits on permitting. Noise shields won’t cut it. The noise is horrific and they should NEVER have been allowed to fly over our homes in the first place..

Not even on nature trails on Oahu could I find any peace. Anywhere I tried to go get a quiet respite, to connect with nature, pray, worship, nap on the beach, or find more than 15 minutes of silence without hearing the buzz of a tour helicopter, I could not. ANYWHERE. Hike Diamond Head to clear your head? Nope. Hike the Pillbox Trail? Nope. Lay out along Kahala Beach, or Waimanalo? Nope. Go to the North Shore for some respite? Nope. These tour helicopters & their noise + privacy invasion have ruined O’ahu for our residents, and lawmakers have done NOTHING.

I even went to Kauai seeking peace and silence by hiking along the Na Pali trail, and was so disheartened to have my hike interrupted by a continuous stream of low-flying tour helicopters overhead the entire time. You’re ruined the sanctity of what makes Hawaii so special by taking away our silence.

I have talked with many people across O’ahu and some have reported having to wear earplugs during the day, others have even had to move to different homes because their young children were so impacted. The lack of action and regulation by lawmakers is absurd. Its borderline criminal negligence. To not regulate something so loud, impactful and disruptive flying over DENSLY POPULATED RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, HOSPITALS, PARKS, BEACHES AND TRAILS, FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF TOURISTS AND THE PROFIT OF BUSINESS, IS NOT OK.

Its time to take a stand for the PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE, who vote for you and who count on you to represent US.

Chris Deryck

September 22, 2020

This is an island wide problem. I live in Makiki / Punahou. The air traffic has severely, and significantly negatively impacted my life. All day, all night, every day, a constant stream of planes and helicopters flies directly over my house. My house shakes. The windows shake. I estimate that often several planes fly over per minute. Hundreds per day. My stress levels are at dangerously high levels in large part due to the constant stream of airplanes and helicopters. Please make them change their flight path to avoid flying over my house any more.

Anna Deryck

September 22, 2020

This problem extends past Kailua. I have lived in the same house in the Makiki area for 15 years and was never bothered by air traffic until a few years ago when helicopters started flying so low over the area that my house shakes. Since then the frequency of these helicopters has been increasing, and it’s been very bad for the past year or so. Aircraft pass by at regular intervals throughout the day and night and are very disruptive to my studying and sleep.

Lynne Ruess

September 22, 2020

Hello,

It’s not just Kailua! The Makiki area is negatively impacted by air traffic noise every day.

I live in lower Manoa/Makiki area near Punahou School and NextGen 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 or restore the pre-NextGen patterns as closely as possible and bring back our relatively quiet city neighborhood!

Claudine Tomasa

September 23, 2020

Claudine M. Tomasa
1268 Mokapu Blvd.
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
Email: ctomasa@gmail.com

PUBLIC COMMENT
To: Co Chairs Ford Fuchigami, Alex Tamoria, and Committee Members of the Hawaii Air Noise and
Public Safety Task Force
Re: Public Meeting of September 24, 2020
Date: September 23, 2020

Aloha,
As a resident of Kailua (96734) I am requesting committee members to place their focus upon the Public Safety of communities and properties on the ground as well as aircrew and passengers on board commercial tour helicopters. We do not want another (April 29, 2019) tragic accident to happen again – in Kailua or any other neighborhood in the State of Hawaii.

The Kailua Neighborhood Board #31 presented their September 15, 2019 Resolution Relating to Public Safety and Urgency to Support Stringent Regulation and Enforcement of Tour Aircraft Operations Over Kailua (96734) to the FAA and the Hawaii Helicopter Association (HHA). For this reason I specifically request that:
– HHA members and other tour operators immediately and voluntarily stop tour helicopter overflights of densely populated areas of Kailua (96734) defined by boundaries depicted on FAA Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Sectional (yellow areas) and that overflights of less densely populated areas of Kailua (96734) (green areas) be reduced by utilizing multiple different routes -such as air space over the Kaneohe Marine Corp Base Hawaii.
– Tour helicopters operate at a minimum altitude of 2000 feet above the closest land mass, island community, public park, or building, as safety permits, AND operate to a minimum distance of one mile off shore, as safety permits.
– All air tour operators in Hawaii meet FAR Part 135 certification standards.
– Air Tour Operators and other small aircraft comply with the NTSB’s Top Ten Safety Recommendations pertaining to Air Tour Operations (https://ww.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/default.aspx).

Thank you for allowing me to participate and voice my concerns and request(s).

Kiana Washington

September 23, 2020

Aloha, i live at the base of Kaaawa Valley and the best thing about this covid lockdown is the helicopters that are not flying over my house. Before the shutdown the amount of helicopters flying into the valley and over my house was just way too many. The choppers are also flying below regulation. Please place some kind of restrictions on how many tours can pass over the same neighborhood daily, thank you

Jay Stuart Marion

September 23, 2020

I submitted the following comment to the Pearl City group but I am sure it pertains to all parts of the island
as well.

Hello,

It is my intent to voice my concerns regarding increased helicopter tour activity and the resultant increase in noise. The areas affected that are most noticeable to me are Ala Moana Park, Ala Wai Boat Harbor, and Pearl City (CPP Twin Towers Area). After a complaint to one of the more easily identifiable tour operators, I was informed that they are operating within the requirements of the FAA. I don’t doubt this. However, I feel that the operating minimums established to provide adequate flight operation safeguards fall short in the area of nuisance noise. It has been my experience that helicopters near the beach, the tennis courts, the boat harbor and residential towers are operating safely but because of noise are preventing people on the ground from their right to the quiet enjoyment of their lives. I am a pilot myself and understand the appeal of aviation for aviators and the general public. Regrettably the world is changing, fast. Our increasingly crowded landscape and skies need to be managed to not only ensure safe operation but also increase consideration for those on the ground regarding noise and invasion of space.

Regards,
Jay Marion

Heather Lum

September 23, 2020

NB#2 Resolution Requesting the Hawaii State Legislature, Federal Delegation and City and County of Honolulu, and Private Businesses to Remedy Excessive Noise Pollution of Aircraft Above and Across Oahu

Whereas, good quality of life is important to the health and well-being of residents and the neighborhood at-large; and
Whereas, excessive noise on a daily and recurring basis negatively affects an individual’s quality of health and life; and
Whereas, this constant noise and overhead disturbance infringes upon residents’ privacy and enjoyment of personal property; and
Whereas, noise from low flying helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft above and around residences largely contributes to excessive noise; and
Whereas, the quality of health and life for the residents in the Kuliouou-Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board #2 area, City and County of Honolulu is negatively impacted and this Board objects to excessive engine noise from low flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft on a daily and recurring basis; and

Be It Resolved, that the Kuliouou-Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board #2 requests the Hawaii State Legislature, Federal Delegation and the City and County of Honolulu and private businesses to review the issue; consult with subject matter experts and engage with appropriate companies and organizations with the ultimate goal to remedy excessive engine noise from low flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Be It Further Resolved, that the Kuliouou-Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board #2 requests the Hawaii State Legislature; Federal Delegation and the City and County of Honolulu and private businesses to establish laws, adopt ordinances, and/or implement rules to regulate the flight of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft above and around residences to lessen noise that negatively impacts the quality of health and life of its residents.
Be It Further Resolved, that copies of this resolution be distributed to the Hawaii State Legislature; Federal Delegation and City and County of Honolulu and designated private businesses.

Resolution Approved: September 6, 2018