YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Daily Voice is heading into the New Year by counting down, in no particular order, the Top 10 stories from 2012 .
IBM will be able to make 18 helicopter trips to and from its proposed helipad each year after a special use permit was approved in October by Yorktown's Planning Board.
Some residents were concerned about safety and noise with the helipad. The concerns were exacerbated in April when a small plane crashed on the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center property in Yorktown.
IBM responded to noise concerns by saying its helicopters will be no more noticeable than a dishwasher. Noise studies showed any helicopter leaving and entering the Kitchawan Road property would be in the 70 decibel range, Engineer Don Snyder said.
IBM also uses a Fly Neighborly program, meaning the company’s helicopters fly slower and higher when entering residential areas, company pilot George Smiley said.
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