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Raleigh's First Heliport Spinning Up Operations

Posted August 15, 2007

— A heliport opens for business in Raleigh on Thursday, inside the Interstate 440 Beltline at Capital Boulevard.

Some say it's another sign that the capital city is taking off, but others are not happy that the heliport landed in their back yards.

The heliport is home base for one of Raleigh's newest trade schools, one that will teach people to be chopper pilots.

"We felt that this would be a great location. We’ve got a great approach," heliport owner Scott Moore said Wednesday.

The heliport will store ‘copters and offer private flights, but the biggest tenant will be Silver State Helicopters, a company that teaches people to be professional pilots.

“I think this is going to be an asset to the community and to downtown Raleigh, the way Raleigh is growing. You’ve got Charlotte. They’ve got a heliport downtown. With the growth going on in downtown Raleigh, I think you'll see a lot of corporate use," Moore said.

"I had no idea that there was going to be a heliport moving in, and now I've got helicopters flying around," said Michael Stenke, who lives about a mile from the heliport in the Belvidere Park subdivision.

"I just don't see what good a taxi helicopter service is going to do to my neighborhood," Stenke said.

Others disagree.

"I think it's good for the city of Raleigh," said Lamar Caulder, who also is a heliport neighbor.

The heliport's owner just wants neighbors to give the operation an opportunity.

"If they give us a chance, in the area we're in, they’re going to realize we don't affect these neighbors,” Moore said. “I think they are not giving us a fair shake so far.">

The facility’s current operating permit limits flights to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Moore hopes to extend those hours.


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  • Travised Aug 16, 2007

    Rev, the reason the (multiple) airports have "buffer" zones are multiple. The primary is to create a region (barrier) around the airport so residents can't complain about the noise. The secondary reason is they look down the road (time) and plan for potential runway expantion, possibility of building new runways (parallel) or cross runways at the end so you don't have to fight a cross wind when the wind is above 12 Knots.

    This is not about runways, but about a helipad. Some cities (Miami for example) have multiple public use pads in downtown. Thats infrequent. Helicopter training and operation takes a lot more concentration than the operation of a fixed wing. Thus the pad use will be less than that of a runway where you have use.

    If you have ever lived next to an interstate (I have) this will be nothing. The time they will be on the pad will be short.

  • Ksw1 Aug 16, 2007

    "They have not been to the East CAC, the Woodcrest Neighborhood Group, or the Belevedere Neighborhood group to discuss the Heliport. The only restrictions on them currently are the 7 AM to 7 PM and whatever the Feds put in to protect the pilots and the baby pilots."

    Perhaps they already knew how you were going to react.

    Personally, I'm glad to see an alternate use of this property. When you consider the current appearance of the former Farmers Market, The former Peden Steel facility, as well as all of the abandoned warehouses in the area, I think a heliport has an excellent chance of revitalizing the area.

    We certainly don't need yet another "BUY HERE / SELL HERE" used car lot on the parcel in question. The last three tenants tried that to no avail.

  • jeebk04 Aug 16, 2007

    dell, do u really not know how to use a dictionary?

  • jeebk04 Aug 16, 2007

    paperairplane, I live less than 2 miles from this place, and I have no problem with it.

  • Stephen Aug 16, 2007

    Dell, see http://dictionary.com

    Chopper can be defined as a helicopter. (Or motorcycle...or a set of choppers can refer to ones teeth, etc., etc., etc.)

  • kruck88 Aug 16, 2007

    But when is the last time one landed on a house??? Every pilot is trained to head for a secluded place to make an emergency landing. Yes there will be a chance but there is no argument in saying you are concerned for your saftey.

  • dell Aug 16, 2007

    Jake Wildstar....So you rode on a food processor? How dangerous:

  • bmc Aug 16, 2007

    It's all good. I will be sending my resume over tonight. With any luck I can add to the noise.

  • Adelinthe Aug 16, 2007

    Wrong place to build a helicopter flight training business. That's what the airport is for and that's why the land surrounding the airport is empty.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Jake Wildstar Aug 16, 2007

    Well, it's been my experience that HIGHLY trained military chopper pilots can still "fall out of the sky" go back over the past 2 weeks, 2 of the N.C. National Guards Apache Gunships, had to land because of malfunctions, one at the farmers market in Raleigh, and 1 in a field in Chapel Hill. When I was in the 101st Airborne out at Fort Campbell KY. We had choppers go down all the time. Some of which were with Special Operations, the most highly trained chopper pilots around.