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Rep. Schiff critical of federal report urging voluntary approach to helicopter issues

A new federal report recommends taking a voluntary approach rather than government regulation to reduce the noise and safety risks of low-flying helicopters over neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Basin.

The study by the Federal Aviation Administration stems from requests by members of California's congressional delegation to address concerns about chopper flights over homes, businesses and landmarks, such as the Hollywood Bowl during performances.

The report immediately drew fire from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who doubted the effectiveness of voluntary approaches and questioned the FAA's avoidance of regulatory action opposed by helicopter interests.

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-- Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times

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