Noise News for Week of January 19, 1997

Leaf-Blower Noise on Los Angeles City Council's List

PUBLICATION: Los Angeles Times
DATE: January 24, 1997
SECTION: Metro; Part B; Page 2; Zones Desk
BYLINE: Bill Billiter
DATELINE: Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles City Council is considering restrictions for leaf-blowers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

According to the article, leaf-blower restrictions already exist in 15 other cities in Orange County; they typically limit noise levels or times during which the machines can be operated. The council acted because of resident complaints and corresponding desires to pursue restrictions.

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Zeppelins Revived by Original Builder's Relative

PUBLICATION: Los Angeles Times
DATE: January 22, 1997
SECTION: Part A; Page 1; Foreign Desk
BYLINE: Mary Williams Walsh

Zeppelins were a popular form of air travel prior to World War II, according to a Los Angeles Time article. At that time, zeppelins in Germany were melted down to be used as raw materials for the war, and warplanes with their engine noise replaced the quiet zeppelins.

By the end of the war, the article reports, the zeppelin -- which is slow and hard to steer in comparison -- was no match for jets. Today, zeppelin creator Count von Zeppelin's great-great-grandnephew Wolfgang von Zeppelin is trying to bring back the zeppelin, and has businesses interested in buying the technologically-improved version.

The benefits of the zeppelin are low altitude travel that creates little noise for both passengers and the outer environment, the article reports. Further, the zeppelin creates very little pollution, is more maneuverable than its pre-WWII model, and takes a smaller ground crew to land, making it very attractive to some tour operators. The major competitor, the blimp, has maneuverability issues, is not designed to be a passenger ship, and takes a larger crew to land, the article reports. "If you can give somebody the chance to see the Matterhorn, Lake Constance and the Neuschwanstein, all in one day, then this is really fast," said von Zeppelin. "You can't do it by car or by train." A zeppelin gives quiet, low altitude access to regions previously inaccessible without the noise of helicopters of airplanes, the article reports.

Max Mugler, chairman of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, says the company is speaking with 21 interested parties who may buy the airships for researching ozone depletion in the Arctic circle or collecting honey in Malaysian triple-canopy jungles, the article reports.

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, the company founded by the creator of the zeppelin, is using funds established years ago and designated for such a revival to test and build the new model, the article reports.

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