Tue, Feb 07, 2012
Says That North Shore Route Creates Congestion, Safety
In a story posted on ANN last week, New York Senator Charles
Schumer (D) said that he expects the FAA to impose a helicopter
flight corridor which would push traffic over the water as it
transited north of New York City.
Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council
(ERHC), sent a statement to ANN in the form of an e-mail,
responding to Senator Schumer's comments.
"At Senator Schumer's request, in 2007 we agreed to follow the
North Shore route," Smith wrote. "Unfortunately, this restricted
flight plan resulted in a highly concentrated and condensed flight
pattern for all helicopters over the North Shore. This in turn
created a higher frequency of noise for those residents affected
and dramatically exacerbated the existing noise concerns.
"Today's action makes a fixable problem permanent and gives
North Shore residents no options, solutions or relief. In addition,
nowhere in the national airspace system does the FAA mandate that a
certain type of aircraft fly in the same space. This is a misguided
plan on every level. The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC)
continues to strongly recommend reinstating a diversified route
structure that will distribute activity more evenly between the
North Shore, the center of the Island and the South Shore and
alleviate the increase of helicopter traffic over one area. We call
on the FAA and Senator Schumer to come to their senses and reverse
course before more residents are negatively affected."
Spokesperson Brittany Toscano said the ERHC has been extremely
involved in working to find fair and equitable solutions to the
challenges facing both the residents of Long Island and the
helicopter industry; and the ERHC has been fighting against the
highly contested North Shore Route for years.
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