FAA: Helicopter Adventures company is safe

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Federal Aviation Administration officials say Helicopter Adventures in Myrtle Beach is safe.

FAA officials tell WMBF News they performed two safety studies, one before Helicopter Adventures opened, and another after the helicopter tour company started operating because of complaints from neighbors nearby.

One such complaint from Leslie Anderson, a homeowner in Plantation Point, outlined concerns about power lines, radio towers and unmarked guide wires she believes could pose a risk to helicopter pilots and, in turn, people on the ground nearby.

Plantation Point homeowner Tom Navarria said he worries about what could happen if a helicopter crash were to occur.

"This is a pretty densely populated neighborhood and you know what the bypass is like and there's Broadway [at the Beach]," Navarria said. "All you're going to need is one accident, one serious problem and then who's going to accept the blame?"

Horry County Councilman and Public Safety Committee Chair Brent Schulz tells WMBF News regardless of the FAA's decision, the county is still looking into ways to mitigate the situation for everyone involved.

"It's a serious problem," Schulz said. "We are in the process of getting a private firm to come in that will…get correct noise readings."

Schulz also said the county has formed a committee to attempt to come up with a solution to neighbors' safety and noise concerns surrounding Helicopter Adventures; the group includes members of Horry County Staff, Helicopter Adventures operators, and homeowners and businesses nearby the attraction worried about noise.

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