Reduce Air-Traffic Over Vancouver
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This petition asks the City of Vancouver to ban non-essential air traffic over the city: helicopter tours, air-plane tours, advertising aircraft, news and traffic helicopters.
Non-essential air traffic over Vancouver has increased dramatically over the past few years, especially in Coal Harbour and False Creek. Harbour Air and similar airlines offer 20-minute sightseeing tours that leave from Coal Harbour, round Stanley Park, follow the coastline over English Bay to False Creek and circle back at Science World; on sunny days these flights are numerous and profoundly disturbing. Worse, SKY Helicopters and similar companies offer 15-minute scenic tours over Vancouver; the helicopters are extremely noisy, like jackhammers overhead. Further, it seems that every summer weekend sees some festival or event accompanied by event helicopters and air-planes that trail advertising banners.
All these aircraft adhere to height limits and Canadian Aviation Regulations. Their operators are reputable business people that offer good services that contribute to tourism in Vancouver. However, the benefits are tiny compared to the cost to Vancouver residents in noise pollution: hundreds of thousands of people living under the flight paths are disturbed by the constant drone and jackhammer percussion.
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