Helipad operator wants to keep Echo Park buzzing

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ECHO PARK — The owner of a helipad atop an eight-story Sunset Boulevard office building is seeking city permission to continue operating the facility in the middle of the neighborhood.

The owners of Angel City Helispot, located at the top of the 138-foot-high office building owned by the Church of the Foursquare Gospel, want the city’s Planning Department to renew a conditional use permit to continue to allow helicopters to land and take off from the rooftop.  A representative for Angel City Helispot is scheduled to appear on Tuesday, April 14 before the Planning and Land Use Committee of the Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council to discuss the permit.

The helipad has been used for more than 50 years by helicopters flown by public agencies as well as private operators. Last month, residents who lived near the helipad complained about a helicopter that landed and departed numerous times during the course of the evening.  An employee in the church’s media relations department said they had no information about the helicopter activity.

The Eastsider has contacted a representative for Angel City Helispot for more details.




  1. how can i help protest this helipad?

    • Come to the meeting in Tuesday

    • Los Angeles area residents can now report noisy helicopters flying over their homes and businesses. On Tuesday, a countywide phone and online Automated Complaint System(ACS) went live.

      “It gives the community, the FAA and the helicopter pilots an opportunity to see what the hotspots are, where most people are disturbed by helicopter noise,” said Wayne Williams, a member of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition, one of the groups who pushed for the creation of the hotline. The FAA allocated $250,000 to contract with flight-tracking company Bruel & Kjaer to run the complaint system and collect data from it for one year.

      Anyone can call 424-348-HELI to make a helicopter noise complaint or complete an online form at heli-noise-la.com.

      This seems to be a one-year pilot program, so please use it! SEE THE FULL ARTICLE HERE…….. http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/04/01/50721/hate-helicopter-noise-now-you-can-file-a-complaint/

  2. i’m confused what the helipad is used for? private individuals looking to get to the gold room faster? is there a business in that building that has helicopters on the payroll?

    • The helipad is another perfect example of how the hipsters and the flippers are ruining everything!

      • Really? Because the helipad has been in use for over 50 years, long before either group you mention were around. And seeing that it’s owned/operated by Aimee Semple MacPherson’s Foursquare Gospel Church, which has been in operation around the back of this building since the 1920’s … well, you’re a poorly informed nut bag. God, I wish the hipsters and flippers could get rid of that damned church – too much traffic tie-up and too many helicopters.

      • The 4 square church owns this pad, just like most of Echo Park. Are they hipsters?

  3. The mentioned helicopter taking off and landing multiple times was a commercial being shot.

  4. Does anybody have any of the latest updates with this? It’s almost September and these f*cking jerks are still hovering around the area like a bunch of *ssholes that they are. I want to take a more active role in fighting these punks. Anybody in?

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