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Heliport Information

HeliNY Presentation Materials - May 23, 2016
The Latest News
Riverdale Press article 6/8/2016
Read the letter here.
CBS New York report 5/26/2016
Journal News article on the Community Meeting 5/25/16
Helicopter Flight Simulation - May 22, 2016
Helicopter took off from W 30th St Heliport at about 2 pm, arriving in Ludlow Area around 2:05-2:10. The helicopter landed back at the W 30th St Heliport at 2:18 pm.
Video taken by Bob Morrow from kayak in the Hudson River 

Video taken by Eileen O'Connor of Kayak Protesting Helicopters on the waterfront

Articles and Links about the Heliport Fights in NYC and elsewhere
New York Times article - January 31, 2016 - Deal Restricts Tourist Helicopter Flights Over New York -
New York Times Opinion Column by Adrian Benepe and Merritt Birnbaum - A Plague of Helicopters is Runing New York -
Stop The Chop - is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt grassroots organization formed with the purpose of educating the public about the dangers to health, the environment and national security presented by the ceaseless helicopter sightseeing tours that fly over New York Harbor and the Lower Hudson River
Helicopter Tourism and Jobs Council - is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt advocacy organization founded in September 2014 by industry stakeholders to protect and promote the helicopter industry in New York and across the nation and to save helicopter industry jobs.
PolitickerNJ article - December 10, 2015
Hoboken Patch - January 7, 2016
Hoboken Reporter - February 22, 2015 - No place to land? Officials unveil new strategy for dealing with tourist helicopters
Extracts from Yonkers City Code (available at Yonkers City Code Chapter 43, Article VII)
Chapter 43 - Zoning
Article VII - Special Use Permits

The area is zoned I and Heliport is specified as a permitted use subject to special use requirements in the code:

The approving agency for all special use permits shall be the Planning Board of the City of Yonkers. However, such permit shall not be valid nor take effect until the Yonkers City Council approves the issuance of such permit by an affirmative resolution, as described herein.

The following are requirements which must be met by heliports.

Helistops or heliports.
(1) Rooftop heliports or helipads shall be prohibited.

(2) The location of landing sites and the regulation of helicopter operations shall reflect the following:
(a) Good locations to best serve present and potential helicopter traffic.
(b) Minimum obstructions in the approach and departure path.
(c) Minimum disturbances to the public from noise and dust.
(d) Easy access to surface transportation.
(3) Heliports shall be subject to approval of the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where applicable.

(4) The federal design guidelines, prepared by the F.A.A. (Heliport Design Guide, November 1964, as amended) shall be used as guidelines concerning heliport layout, approach and departure paths, obstruction clearances as well as the construction of heliport surfaces, landing and takeoff area, structural design, impact load, landing surface, turbulence and visibility.

(5) In reviewing an application for the establishment of a heliport, the approving agency shall take into consideration the approach path from future obstructions, including items which may be exempted from height limitations, such as stacks, towers, flagpoles and chimneys, so as to ensure the retention of obstruction-free navigable air space.

(6) Auxiliary and maintenance facilities, such as hangars, gasoline storage and repair, serving and storage areas, may be permitted in association with heliports, subject to the requirements for accessory nonresidential uses and structures as provided in § 43-42.
Extracts from City of Yonkers Noise Ordinance

66-5 Prima facie evidence of noise disturbance
E. A sound-level reading taken at a residential property, arising from a commercial property, an
industrial property, a public space or a public right-of-way, above 70 dBA during the time period commencing at 7:00 am. and ending at 10:00 p.m.

F. A sound-level reading taken at a residential property, arising from a commercial property, an industrial property, a public space or a public right-of-way, above 50 dBA during the time period commencing at 10:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 a.m. the next day.

G. A sound-level reading taken at a commercial property at any time, arising from any property source, above 70 dBA.

H. A sound-level reading taken at an industrial property at any time, arising from any property source, above 70 dBA.

I. A sound plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from its source.


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