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October 25, 2013- A NJ source has a nice article on the out-of-control tourist helicopter noise plaguing humans who reside along the East River and Hudson River. Under the Bloomberg administration, the number of helicopter flights per days has increased from 100 to 600. (Mayor Bloomberg is a pilot himself and advocate for private planes and helicopters.)
The article states, “The Eastern Region Helicopter Council, which represents the five tour operators, acknowledges helicopters have made more work for Newark flight controllers but insists the number of tour flights has not increased. Rather, the council attributes the added burden on controllers to a 2010 agreement requiring New York City-based tour helicopters to fly at a higher altitude. While the intent of the requirement was to reduce noise for Manhattan residents, it also moved helicopter traffic into FAA airspace, requiring that they be guided by air traffic controllers.
But residents on the New Jersey side of the river also insist the number of tour helicopter flights has increased. And, they say, the added noise is driving them to distraction.
“I’m facing east in my living room, and I can see the helicopters all day long, going nonstop, starting at 9 a.m., going down south,” said Brian Wagner, a longtime Hoboken resident who founded the group Stop NYC Tourist Helicopters Over NJ Side of the Hudson River. “I’m wearing noise-cancelling headphones, and I can hear them going by.”