Thu, Sep 24|
Air Noise Town Hall with State Reps
Hawaii Air Noise & Safety Task Force's first public meeting. Congressman Ed Case will be joining this town hall to hear from YOU. HANSTF is operated in part by tour helicopter & aircraft interests, so it is ESSENTIAL you join and submit written statements prior! Read for Zoom link.
Time & Location
Sep 24, 2020, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM HST
About the Event
Please join us! Submit your written testimony regardless of whether you live in the Pearl City area. All across Oahu impacted by Air Traffic noise are welcome to attend live, and all across Hawaii please submit detailed written testimony to have your voices heard. This event is hosted by tour helicopter & small aircraft owners along with state representatives, and it appears it may be an attempt to downplay the seriousness of impact on our Oahu residents. YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED. .
This event will be held online via Zoom, Sept 24th 10:30am - 12pm.
Kailua, Oahu Focus 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Hawaii Time) September 24, 2020 (but ALL please add your voice!)
- Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93829641492?pwd=bXNIN21ESGQrQ0ZXOC9BOXVUbWVBdz09
- Passcode: 077533
- iPhone one-tap : US: +12532158782,,93829641492#,,,,,,0#,,077533# or +13462487799,,93829641492#,,,,,,0#,,077533#
- Telephone numbers: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
- Webinar ID: 938 2964 1492
- Passcode: 077533
- International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aBuUUXPPI
A letter from Congressman Ed Case:
I write to ask for your assistance with our shared deep concerns over accelerating safety and community disruption consequences of virtually unregulated Hawai'i tour helicopter and small aircraft operations.
The Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force has scheduled two Virtual Public Meetings for Tuesday, September 22nd, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 24th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (further info and links below). It is critical that you attend these meetings and voice your concerns directly and personally if you can because otherwise the tour helicopter/small aircraft industry will likely downplay our concerns and nothing will change when operations restart.
The Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force was established this January with the stated goal of addressing safety, noise and other issues related to helicopter and fixed-wing aerial tours. Although it correctly includes government members, its membership is primarily the tour helicopter/small aircraft operators.
I would sincerely like to believe that the Task Force takes our concerns very seriously and is truly committed to change, but given my experience to date with the industry I am very skeptical. However, any opportunity to participate in a public discussion should be welcomed, including this one which is the first time recently the industry has agreed to do so.
I am very concerned, though, that in these first meetings the Task Force wants to confine the discussion solely to the specific areas of Pearl City and Kailua. Clearly our safety and community disruption concerns are statewide and include many communities with concerns at least equal to those two seriously-impacted neighborhoods. I fear that this is a conscious divide-and-conquer strategy with the intent of keeping individual communities separate and then arguing that the concerns voiced are not major.
I voiced these and many other concerns and unanswered questions to the Task Force in my August 14th letter and received an August 28th reply (both attached). Although the Task Force stated these were just the first two of more community meetings statewide, we should all attend them and voice our concerns regardless of whether we do or don't live in Pearl City or Kailua.
If you can attend the virtual forum personally, you can connect via the following information:
On a related but separate note, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently updated its website to include a portal for submitting noise complaints: https://noise.faa.gov/. Our FAA region has also asked me to direct you to work on noise at https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/arc/western_pacific/noise_complaint/.
So that we can distribute this notice as broadly as possible and maximize participation and the voices opposed to tour helicopter/small aircraft safety risks and community disruption, please forward this email to your contact lists now.
Mahalo for all of your efforts to make our communities safer and more liveable. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Congressman Ed Case (Hawai'i-First District)
Prior Meeting 9/22/20:
Tuesday September 22nd:
Pearl City, Oahu Focus 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Hawaii Time) September 22, 2020
- Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93380587856?pwd=aFJ1aWxmMzhmdm5aTE5qd2RRNEQwQT09
- Passcode: 418100
- iPhone one-tap : US: +12532158782,,93380587856#,,,,,,0#,,418100# or +13462487799,,93380587856#,,,,,,0#,,418100#
- Telephone numbers: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592
- Webinar ID: 933 8058 7856
- Passcode: 418100
- International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acSOllvpZv
You can sign up to testify at this link: http://hanstf.org/index.php/public-meetings/. Whether or not you can testify personally, please submit your comments through the same link. They need not be lengthy as what is more important is that members of our community register our concerns.