Blade's Core Strategies on Being a Good Neighbor
After safety, being a good neighbor is Blade’s top priority.
Blade embraces numerous strategies to reduce the impact of noise on the communities we serve.
Key Noise Reduction Strategies
• Blade does not conduct tours of any type and will not work with operators who conduct tours in violation of community regulations (e.g., New York City’s Economic Development Corp.’s mandate for a specific all water route for tours operating out of the Wall Street Heliport).
• Blade neither operates nor owns any aircraft. However, sometimes Blade’s third-party operators conduct tours in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and may use aircraft carrying Blade branding while conducting such legal tours.
• Over 90% of aircraft used by Blade are considered “Not Noisy,” as they were excluded from the definition of “noisy aircraft” identified by East Hampton, New York in 2015, and are not subject to special curfew restrictions.
• Blade observes voluntary curfews as suggested by the airports we service.
• Blade plans to fully integrate quiet and zero-emission Electric Vertical Aircraft (“EVA”) on all routes as EVA become available.
• Additionally, Blade is the first company to secure Beta Technologies’ ALIA EVA for passenger use. The ALIA aircraft is quiet on takeoff and landing and near silent in flight. We expect deployment of the 20 aircraft ordered for the New York Area to start in 2025.
Blade is also a founding member of the Alliance for Quiet and Electric Aviation (“AQEA”), of which Blade's President, Melissa Tomkiel, sits on the board of directors. AQEA’s mission is to accelerate the transition to quiet, zero-emission, electric aircraft through the preservation of existing aviation and urban air mobility infrastructure, enabling safe and affordable aerial alternatives to ground transportation.
Additional Strategies to Reduce Noise in the New York City Area
• When flying to or from Manhattan, Blade operators employ all water routes whenever possible. However, at times, LaGuardia Tower will request pilots to cross Manhattan over Central Park at an altitude of 1,500 – 1,900 feet to manage incoming traffic flows into both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
• Blade operators utilize noise abatement altitudes of 3,500 feet when flying between Manhattan and the East End of Long Island and altitudes of 1,500 feet when flying over New York City.
• Blade operators do not fly over the Manhattan cityscape (defined as points in Manhattan north and south of Central Park).
• Blade operators avoid flying over densely populated areas of Brooklyn and Queens when flying to or from points east of Manhattan.
• Blade welcomes requests from the public for temporary flight restrictions for special large outdoor events, such as concerts or other performances (e.g., Shakespeare in the Park).
• Blade seaplanes do not arrive in or depart from Manhattan before 8 a.m. or after 7:30 p.m.
Additional Strategies to Reduce Noise on the East End of Long Island
• When flying to and from the East End of Long Island, Blade requires operators to follow north and south shore noise abatement routes, designed by the Eastern Region Helicopter Council based on the recent mandate by East Hampton Airport. These routes are flown at more than 3,500 feet and are almost entirely over the Atlantic Ocean or Long Island Sound.
• Blade is working with operators to encourage them to participate in the “Pilot’s Pledge” program, which was developed by the East Hampton Community Alliance and includes a curfew of flights from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., primary use of water routes for helicopters and seaplanes, and designated peak arrival and departure routes.
• Blade adheres to the voluntary curfews at East Hampton and Montauk Airports.
• To help mitigate the noise of flights arriving during morning hours, Blade proactively leaves aircraft at East Hampton Airport overnight for morning departures.
Additional Strategies to Reduce Noise in Other Key Operating Areas
• Blade arranges flights in the Los Angeles, New England, San Francisco, South Florida markets and works closely with local governments, airports, heliports, and community groups in those markets to address noise-related concerns.
• For more information contact us at [email protected]