August 15, 2013

Helicopter school may open at Pease Tradeport in N.H.

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A helicopter flight school has applied to provide instruction at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

The Pease Development Authority was scheduled to vote on the proposal Thursday.

The Portsmouth Herald reports a review of the application by Pease officials indicates the proposal meets minimum standards for flight instruction and air charter service. But some officials expressed concern with the potential effects on surrounding communities.

Margaret Lamson of Newington, a board member who sits on the authority's airport committee, said she believes the proposal needs further vetting before the full board acts on it. She said she wants the public's chance to weigh in on potential noise issues.

City Manager John Bohenko, who attended the meeting, said he also believes the proposal should be discussed further.

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