Horry County voted to approve the first reading of a five-year contract with Executive Helicopters, the holding company for Huffman Helicopters.
The county spent much of the summer negotiating with Huffman Helicopters. Huffman, which is at the tail end of a renegotiation year, has been in the county for years. The terms of the five-year lease were approved at the County Council meeting Tuesday, which is well in advance of the Oct. 31 expiration date of its current five-year contract.
Councilmen were receiving complaints of noise and excessive rides over neighborhoods along the Grand Strand. Before the county cast its first vote on the issue, Jeremy Bass, owner of Huffman Helicopters, changed the routes to ride along the shore at a height of 1,200 feet. He also re-routed the helicopters from above neighborhoods to over the ocean.
Huffman has planned improvement for two hangars at Myrtle Beach International Airport, where it plans to have a school and currently conducts maintenance.