Sundance helicopter service to Park City ordered to stop
Park City, Utah —
(KUTV) A helicopter service to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival was short-lived. On Friday, the Summit County Sheriff's Office issued a cease and desist notice for the two companies that were offering helicopter rides to and from Salt Lake City Airport.
County officials say the Summit County Sheriff's Office had received hundreds of complaints by residents and as a result, the Summit County Attorney filed for a restraining order against Uber and Blade, that were providing the service.
The helicopters were operating in make-shift helicopter pads in snowy fields off Old Ranch Road east of Park City. Choppers had been coming and going throughout the early evening the last few days. Both landing pads were on private property, but Summit County authorities say they didn't have permission to operate in the area.
"They didn't talk to us in preparation for this activity," said Tom Fisher, Summit County Manager. "They're not permitted to operate a commercial business of this type according to our land use code."
The cease and desist warning from the Summit County Sheriff also comes with the following warning: "the pilot will be arrested and the aircraft will be subject to impound."