If you live in the District you can report helicopter noise

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The District of Columbia already has a system where residents can report “unwanted noise” from helicopters flying over the area.

On Wednesday, DC Commissioner Eleanor Holmes Norton announced the launch of the system, through which complaints can be filed either online through the mobile app or by calling 877-209-3200.

Aircraft noise has been a problem for many residents of the metropolitan region, especially those who live near Reagan National Airport and Montgomery County Air Park.

Faced with this situation, in March 2021, the DC Attorney General, Karl Racine, urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to change its airport noise policy, because, as he maintained, it was using outdated and inadequate information to establish their rules.

In January, the Government Accountability Office recommended that the FAA create a mechanism to share helicopter noise information with helicopter operators.

The newly created test system is run by the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and the International Helicopter Association.

The FAA will weigh the results of the test system, Norton said.

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