Helicopter Testing Draws Complaints, Concern
by William Woody
Sep 07, 2013 | 2568 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MONTROSE – The high-altitude helicopter testing over Montrose being conducted by Sikorsky Innovations is irritating some residents.

Montrose resident Emma Wolfe voiced her concern about the issue before the Montrose City Council on Tuesday evening. Wolfe said that a helicopter has been flying directly above her house, and that makes her “very nervous.” 

"It's low enough where I can feel it in my home," she said. "If that [helicopter] falls into my living room, that's a concern. It does make me nervous because I have kids.”

Another resident told The Watch that the constant rumbling from the helicopters causes him “great stress.” Still another resident told The Watch he works all night, and helicopter noise prevents him from sleeping during the day. 

Since early summer, the Sikorsky helicopter company has been in Montrose to conduct high altitude testing of its advanced-technology systems. The company did not forewarn residents it would be testing, nor did it reply to The Watch's requests for information.

Black Canyon Jet Center representatives also offered little information, stating Sikorsky's actives in Montrose were "top secret."

A search of Sikorsky's website did not yield any information regarding its activities in Montrose.

So far, a spokesman for the Jet Center said, the Center has fielded one complaint: that the helicopters were scaring chickens. He added that Sikorsky has announced the helicopters would be leaving sometime in mid-September. 

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