File #: Int 0226-2022    Version: Name: Reducing noise caused by sightseeing helicopters that meet federal noise reduction standards.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 4/28/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reducing noise caused by sightseeing helicopters that meet federal noise reduction standards
Sponsors: Gale A. Brewer, Lincoln Restler, Christopher Marte, Kalman Yeger , Shahana K. Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Keith Powers , Lynn C. Schulman, Ari Kagan, Rita C. Joseph, Amanda Farías, Erik D. Bottcher, Shaun Abreu, Shekar Krishnan, Carlina Rivera , Sandy Nurse, Alexa Avilés, Diana I. Ayala, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Mercedes Narcisse, Julie Menin, Nantasha M. Williams, Tiffany Cabán, Carmen N. De La Rosa, Julie Won, Justin L. Brannan, James F. Gennaro, Kevin C. Riley, Robert F. Holden, Chi A. Ossé
Council Member Sponsors: 31
Summary: This bill would prohibit sightseeing helicopters from taking off and landing at heliports owned by the city if those helicopters do not meet the stage 1, 2 or 3 noise levels for helicopters as determined by the Federal Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 226-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 226, 3. Int. No. 226, 4. April 28, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-28-22, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 28, 2022, 7. Proposed Int. No. 226-A - 7/27/22

Proposed Int. No. 226-A

 

By Council Members Brewer, Restler, Marte, Yeger, Hanif, Hudson, Powers, Schulman, Kagan, Joseph, Farías, Bottcher, Abreu, Krishnan, Rivera, Nurse, Avilés, Ayala, Brooks-Powers, Gutiérrez, Narcisse, Menin, Williams, Cabán, De La Rosa, Won, Brannan, Gennaro, Riley, Holden and Ossé

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reducing noise caused by sightseeing helicopters that meet federal noise reduction standards

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

     

Section 1. Subchapter 6 of chapter 2 of title 24 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 24-244.1 to read as follows:

§ 24-244.1 Sightseeing helicopters. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section the following terms have the following meanings:

Chartered helicopter. The term “chartered helicopter” means a helicopter that is leased in its entirety for exclusive and temporary use, and not for the purpose of conducting sightseeing tours.

Sightseeing helicopter. The term “sightseeing helicopter” means a helicopter that is operated for the purpose of conducting regular aviation tours along flight routes approved by the federal aviation administration. The term “sightseeing helicopter” shall not include private helicopters, chartered helicopters, military helicopters, media helicopters or helicopters used by the fire department, police department, coast guard or emergency services.

Stage 1 noise level. The term “stage 1 noise level” means stage 1 noise level as such term is defined by subsection (h) of section 36.1 of title 14 of the code of federal regulations.

Stage 2 noise level. The term “stage 2 noise level” means stage 2 noise level as such term is defined by subsection (h) of section 36.1 of title 14 of the code of federal regulations.

Stage 3 noise level. The term “stage 3 noise level” means stage 3 noise level as such term is defined by subsection (h) of section 36.1 of title 14 of the code of federal regulations.

b. No person shall use or permit the use of any sightseeing helicopter that meets stage 1 noise levels, stage 2 noise levels or stage 3 noise levels to take off or land from any property owned or managed by the city of New York, except in emergency situations or as otherwise directed by an aviation control tower or air traffic control center.

§ 2. Table I following paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) of section 24-257 of the administrative code of the city of New York as amended by local law number 153 for the year 2013 is amended by adding a new row immediately following row 24-244 to read as follows:

24-244.1

1,500

500

3,000

1,000

4,500

1,500

 

§ 3. This local law takes effect 270 days after it becomes law, provided that the provision prohibiting the use of a sightseeing helicopter that meets stage 3 noise levels is approved by the United States secretary of transportation pursuant to the federal airport noise and capacity act of 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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