HOW THE FAA MAKES DECISIONS

On July 16, 2013, Steven M. Taber of the "Aviation and Airport Development News" reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the Federal Aviation Administration could require that helicopters use a route one mile off the north shore of Long Island for the purpose of noise abatement in residential areas. Prior to this decision, use of the route had been voluntary.

This decision has applicability to the helicopter issues at Torrance Airport: