An Update: February 26th of this year, I originally wrote an article about the number of helicopters flying over Ocean Beach in the wee small hours of the morning. As an insomniac I find this very distressing. I accept that I will go to sleep after 11:30pm when Lindbergh closes their takeoff routine, and, if lucky, will have the drone of the motor wake me at 6:30am. That is if I am able to sleep in the “between” hours.
I can’t tell you how many times, just in the last week, I was awakened by the sound of helicopters overhead between the hours of 11:30pm and 6:30am. When I did a small investigation of why this is happening, I was told that there were several reasons: One, there are more “drug boaters” – what else do you call them – that are bringing drugs onto our shores between Coronado and Oceanside. Then I was told that there is also the military doing training at night. And another reason, I was told, was because of the News Helicopters chasing a story.
That’s all well and good. But can someone tell me why they have to fly over our houses to get to the Pacific Ocean, night after night after night? Some of the copters are, I was told, Coast Guard helicopters. They take off from San Diego Bay; some are military taking off from North Island; some take off from Brown Field; some take off from Miramar and even more astounding, some take off from Montgomery Field. All of these helicopters training over our coastline? Doesn’t sound very safe to me.
So…I now have a telephone number that we can call to register our complaints. One is the FAA in the regional office in Los Angeles. That office covers San Diego too. Their telephone number is 1-310-725-3550. There is another number to call also and that is close to Montgomery Field. That number is 1-858-502-9882. I was also told it is ok to call the FAA number to report noisy aircraft and register a complaint. (Wish I had known that number yesterday, the 15th at 9:04am and this morning, the 16th at 7:40am.)
Unless we as a community complain, the noise is going to get worse. Many voices are more effective than just one – or two – every few days.
Maybe as a “reward” when the noise abates, I will be offer you a free meal at the new gourmet airport at Lindbergh.