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NBAA issues call of action to block New York Senate Bill S7493A

The NBAA is working to block New York Senate Bill S7493A from becoming law. They have issued a call of action for New York business aviation community members to contact Gov. Kathy Hochul and urge her not to sign the bill. According to a summary of the bill on NYsenate.gov the bill allows a person who has suffered interference with the use and enjoyment of private property or public parkland by a rotorcraft used in a manner that creates an unreasonable level of noise at ground level to have a right of action against a person who caused or contributed to the use of such rotorcraft in such manner; relates to the use of certain heliports in the city of New York. According to a statement from NBAA, Senate Bill S7493A would be detrimental to business aviation across the state of New York. The bill would allow anyone to sue a pilot, flight department, line service personnel, or company employee for alleged rotorcraft noise pollution by a flight operation in the state of New York, even if the operation complied with federal law and regulations, according to NBAA. The bill passed the NY state assembly on June 3. According to the call to action, since that time NBAA and their New York partners have been working together to block the bill. In addition to NBAA, a letter sent to Hochul was signed by GAMA, the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, Helicopter Association International, New York Aviation Management Association and the National Air Transportation Association. "As written, the act operates as an access restriction at the West 30th Street heliport," the letter states. "But that is prohibited by the federal law governing the implementation of noise and access restrictions, the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (49 U.S.C. § 47521, et seq.)." "There are a lot of unknowns in this legislation, and it is so vaguely worded that there are many avenues in which litigation could be taken," NBAA Northeast Regional Director Brittany Davies said. "So we are urging our members to visit the Grassroots Action Center on the NBAA website and write the governor asking her not to sign this legislation into law." According to the NBAA, the general aviation industry is responsible for 43,200 jobs and more than $8.6 billion in total economic output in New York.
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