Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
Some residents of University Heights are "sounding off" regarding noise from police helicopters circling above.
In the University Heights Community Association's September newsletter, one resident wrote of his frustrations with the constant clap from police copters.
"I settled here because of the beauty and quiet and have enjoyed my peaceful life. Except for the last two or three years," writes the 30-year resident of University Heights.
According to the police department's website, the police copters are based at Montgomery air field and do not land because of the 15-minutes it takes to get back in the air. They hover near University Heights to stay away from Lindbergh Field airspace.
"In this area, helicopters must usually fly at or below 1500 feet to avoid airliner traffic above. The community is also near many transition points, such as the North-South airport transition point, I-805 and I -15 corridors for traffic helicopters, and many hospital approaches (military and civilian). SDPD’s [copter unit] always tries to avoid the area and fly much higher than other helicopters to alleviate any helicopter noise."
To that the University Heights resident responds in the editorial: "In the 1960's a B52 Bomber crew could be airborne in 15 minutes. Over-flights of our community are defended because we are a convenient corridor. Why not fly over [Interstate-8], or further North, where no one would be impacted? And why is there the routine 11pm bed check every night?"