STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1611
RE: H.R. No. 80
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.R. No. 80 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING HAWAII HELICOPTER COMPANIES TO AVOID CONDUCTING NON‑EMERGENCY FLIGHTS OVER RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to urge Hawaii helicopter companies to avoid conducting non-emergency flights over residential neighborhoods.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from O'ahu Tour Helicopter Safety and Noise Inter-Action Group, HICoP, and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that commercial helicopter flights are a popular activity in Hawaii. However, while these flights are popular amongst visitors of the State, it has become a nuisance and danger to many residents as these commercial helicopter flights fly over residential neighborhoods. Notably, a recent commercial helicopter crash in a Kailua residential neighborhood narrowly avoided homes and cars on a busy street. The increase in commercial helicopter flights has also increased safety risks and noise pollution for many residents. Although commercial helicopter flights have contributed to economic growth in the State, there are safety concerns when those flights take place over residential areas. Your Committee believes that a compromise would be to prohibit helicopter companies from flying over residential areas except for in emergency situations, thereby protecting and improving the quality of life for many residents.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 80 and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair