Helicopters Now Banned from Landing Near Wichita Falls Homes

    A Wichita Falls doctor's plan to use his backyard as a helicopter landing pad prompts city councilors to take action today.
    In a 5 to 2 vote, councilors adopt an ordinance that prohibits helicopters near residential dwellings.
    The ordinance states a pilot cannot land a helicopter within a 300 foot radius of a residence, otherwise, they'd face up to a $2000 fine.
    Officials say a doctor who lives in the Tanglewood neighborhood off Seymour Highway wanted to use his backyard as a helipad.
    Councilors say several residents in the neighborhood contacted them over safety concerns about the helicopter landing near homes and that's why they decide to take action.

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