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Carmageddon: Helicopters annoying but 'perfectly safe,' FAA says

July 16, 2011 | 12:25 pm


Angelenos living near the Mulholland Drive bridge complained on Twitter on Saturday morning about noise from media helicopters circling the "Carmageddon" construction site, but aviation officials said no violations have occurred.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said although there is often notable noise from helicopters during major media events, as long as safety requirements are met, there's no problem.

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"It can be perfectly safe and perfectly annoying at the same time," Gregor said.

The FAA will sometimes put an inspector in the field to monitor helicopters during major media events to ensure they are maintaining proper altitudes and do not pose a threat to people or property, but Gregor said he was unsure if inspectors were at the construction site Saturday morning.

Between four and five helicopters have circled the site since Friday night.


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-- Dan Weikel at the Mulholland Drive bridge

Photo: Media set up at the Mulholland Drive bridge. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times