02 Aug Airplane Noise and Altitudes in our Communities
WHAT COUNCIL PRESIDENT WESSON IS DOING TO RESPOND TO AIRPLANE NOISE AND ALTITUDES IN OUR COMMUNITIES
NextGen/Metroplex is the Federal Aviation Agency’s program to make air travel safer and faster
- We continue to work with various entities to mitigate the disturbances created by the FAA’s implementation of the NextGen program (where satellites and GPS are replacing ground-based radar to increase air traffic efficiency).
- As was mentioned in the previous update, CD10 requested access to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) altitude data. We reviewed the data and as a result, requested refinement of the data presented to serve our constituents and improve our position when meeting with the FAA.
- We also have representation on the LAX Community Noise Roundtable and will be working to:
- Request a representative from the SFO Noise Roundtable (which has been dealing with this issue for years) to share successful strategies with the LAX Roundtable
- Request an increase in the frequency of LAX Roundtable meetings to better handle the current issue being faced
- Community members have indeed stepped up on the number of complaints being filed to the appropriate parties. For that, thank you and please keep up the good work!
This is a long and arduous task and we must keep moving forward even though the ultimate decision rests with the FAA.
We will continue to work with our federal representatives, our neighborhood councils, and stakeholders. We are in this together and ask that you continue to work so that we have indisputable evidence of the impact we all now face.
- We have been working with various entities to mitigate the disturbances created by the FAA’s implementation of the NextGen program (where satellites and GPS are replacing ground-based radar to increase air traffic efficiency).
- CD 10 will continue to work with Representative Karen Bass and her staff, who formed a task force (CD 10 is represented) to help craft legislation regarding the noise and traffic created by NextGen’s implementation. Also, there are efforts to re-introduce Bill HR 3384: which would establish an Office of Noise Abatement and Control in the Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. Karen Bass was a co-sponsor of this Bill.
- We are also represented on the LAX Noise Round Table by both the Council Office, and United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council.
- My staff and I have met with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials and confirmed that our direction must be to work with the FAA at the federal level. CD10 requested access to LAWA’s altitude data. LAWA has agreed to have their consultants prepare an exhaustive altitude report to determine altitudes of aircraft before and after implementation of the FAA’s NextGen program.
- CD10 recently met with the City Attorney’s office, which has extensively reviewed the Culver City lawsuit. We will continue to explore other options that may mitigate the negative impacts being experienced.
We will be meeting again with LAWA after their altitude data has been prepared and reviewed. CD10 will be sharing LAWA’s findings with our constituents. My staff and I will then meet with the FAA’s Western-Pacific Regional Administrator to submit our requests for mitigation to be approved and implemented by the FAA.
Of the hundreds of complaints received, the total number of constituents who filed complaints with LAX/LAWA is as follows:
- March: 32 residents made complaints
- April: 22 residents made complaints
- April 27—May 17: 24 residents made complaints
We will continue to work with our federal representatives, our neighborhood councils, and stakeholders. We are in this together and need your help.
Please file complaints with LAX/LAWA by visiting: http://webtrak5.bksv.com/lax4 or calling (424) 646-6473.
We urge our constituents to call/fax the following Representatives (see next page) to file your complaints on this issue. CD10 wants to be able to confirm our constituents’ complaints to illustrate the magnitude of this issue. Please confirm your contact with any of the following by sending an email to CD10 Deputy, Jeff Camp at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can document your registered complaints.