Keystone woman fed up with Mount Rushmore helicopter tours

KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Keystone woman is fed up with the noise of helicopter tours around Mount Rushmore.

Kathy Hackett says the dozens of daily flights during the tourist season are disruptive. She gathered dozens of signatures on a petition given to the town board seeking a forced moved of the heliport.

Hackett says that when she and her husband bought their house, the heliport was farther away. About four years ago it was moved to a site near their home.

Black Hills Aerial Adventures owner Michael Jacob says the heliport is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and he has no plans to voluntarily move it.

Town Board President Kwinn Neff says the group has little authority in the matter. Hackett plans to contact the FAA and inquire about her options.