The City’s Economic Development Corporation, owner of the Downtown Heliport, has begun serious efforts to enforce the agreement made last April concerning the number and flight paths of helicopters using the Heliport.
New York Post: Aviation authorities have quietly started cracking down on hell-raising helicopters breaking new city flight restrictions for sightseeing aircraft, The Post has learned.
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, the chopper hub owned by the city Economic Development Corp., began scanning radar systems last month to kill the buzz from pilots incessantly circling over residential areas in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
According to the Post story, the Heliport’s operator, Saker Aviation, has appointed a “safety officer” who checks all flight plans and logs to assure that pilots are obeying the rules. State Sen. Daniel Squadron is quoted as saying: “This is a big deal … Residents can’t continue to suffer from the scourge of helicopters”. The story also quotes Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Judy Stanton as saying the BHA maintains as its goal the elimination of all non-essential flights.
According to the story, there have been 444 complaints, many from “downtown Brooklyn”, logged on to the city’s 311 chopper noise hotline.