WELCOME. Large numbers of helicopters are flying to and from the Airport in Torrance, California, causing lots of noise in otherwise quiet neighborhoods in Torrance and surrounding communities. It's estimated there were as many as 8,000 flyovers in calendar year 2008, in the Hollywood Riviera neighborhood alone, 2 miles west of the Airport and not in line with the runways. What is it like? Play the video below and you will get some idea.
This site is dedicated to informing the public about helicopter noise issues, determining the level of community concern, and organizing public support for reducing noise impacts on residents.
We submitted a petition to the Torrance City Council in December, 2009, asking for their help. Since then, we have worked with the City and local helicopter operators to reduce noise impacts. In July, 2010, the Coast Guard announced it would discontinue all "routine" transit flights over Torrance residential areas. In February, 2011, the City Council agreed to "recommend" that the FAA consider a six month trial of higher arrival/departure routes for Torrance Airport (although they were not as high as we requested).On June 28, 2012 the FAA offered to conduct the trial and evaluate safety during the trial period. Noise testing will also be done.
In addition, Legislation has been introduced in Congress to require the FAA to regulate helicopter paths and altitudes to reduce noise in Los Angeles County. We're supporting it.
If you want to get involved or be kept informed on this effort, you can contact us.