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Helicopters Fly Over L.A. with 'reckless abandon' Congressman Testifies in Support of Noise Regulation

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Three Los Angeles-area Congressional representatives were in Washington D.C. Thursday to testify before a House panel about a proposed bill that would put federal restrictions on low-flying helicopters.

HR 2677, aka the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act, would have the Federal Aviation Administration be charged with setting altitude minimums and flight path restrictions for non-emergency and non-military helicopters that travel in airspace over our residential neighborhoods.

Reps. Howard Berman, Brad Sherman, and Adam Schiff back the bill, and testified before the panel yesterday.

Berman spoke about Carmageddon, according to the Burbank Leader, among other examples of times when news outlets choked the skies to cover events, creating intolerable noise. When it came to the infamous weekend-long closure of the 405, here's what Berman said:

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“Helicopters were flying over people’s houses with reckless abandon to view the freeway,” Berman testified, according to a transcript provided by his office. “Never have my constituents seen such a heavy volume of helicopter traffic over their homes.”

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