A U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach communityâ€™s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybertâ€™s June 26 preliminary injunction called the town of East Hamptonâ€™s once-a-week limit â€œdrasticâ€ and said a less restrictive measure might alleviate the noise problem at the town, which serves highbrow Eastern Long Island beach communities. The rich and famous commute there regularly by helicopter from New York City. But the judge rejected calls by aviation companies for a preliminary injunction against the nighttime curfew, saying that the town did not trespass on federal jurisdiction by imposing it. The curfews took effect on Thursday, July 2.
Our friends at Defense Daily reported July 16 that the Army National Guard lacks funding to retrain AH-64 Apache pilots to fly UH-60 Black Hawks, according to National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) members during a public meeting July 16 outside Washington, D.C.