Sick of helicopter noise? New bill would ban most chopper flights over NYC
Following a fatal helicopter crash in June and thousands of complaints about helicopter noise, officials will announce a federal bill on Saturday that seeks to ban all “non-essential” helicopter traffic over New York City.
U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velázquez and Jerrold Nadler, who all represent districts in Brooklyn, are set to introduce the Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019 on the steps of City Hall. The bill aims to reduce chopper noise and the chances of helicopter crashes in one of the most densely packed cities in the world.
The legislation comes as companies like Uber and Blade have launched helicopter service from Manhattan to the area’s airports. This service, catering to the city’s wealthy and business travelers, is helping to drive an increase in flights over the city. (Prices for a shared flight start around $200.)
Maloney is the chief sponsor of the bill. After the crash atop a building on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan in June, she called helicopter accidents “one of the nightmares New Yorkers worry about … I truly, deeply believe that non-essential flight should be banned from New York City. It is just too densely populated, it is too dangerous, and there is absolutely no safe place to land.”