Residents upset over increased airplane noise from Burbank Airport

- San Fernando Valley neighbors are tired of the constant airplane noise they report hearing nearly all hours of the day.

“There are many flights on this path that start very early in the morning and go very late at night and sometimes every two minutes,” Studio City resident, Kim Biddle, said.

Biddle and other neighbors said they started noticing the noise in March of 2017.

At a meeting Thursday night residents heard the results of a Burbank Airport commissioned study which confirmed their observations.  

The study found that an increased number of planes are departing south from the airport over Studio City, Sherman Oaks and Encino neighborhoods.

“These planes are flying too low and with too much frequency and we beg for improvements and to change the proposed freeway in the sky before it becomes permanent,” Craig Radow, Studio City Neighborhood Council, said.

The change in flight patterns is partly due to the Federal Aviation Adminstration's plan to narrow the flight path of planes taking off from Burbank Airport.

Neighbors say the creation of the so called "super highway in the sky” is subjecting them to constant noise pollution.

“Nobody is going to buy a home when they see the windows of a jet that is flying over their house day and night over and over,” a Benedict Canyon resident said.

The FAA began slowly rolling out the new flight patterns, but residents expect full implementation next year.

Neighbors beleive the noise will get much worse and they’re asking elected officials to stop it.

“Unfortunately we’re coming around to the realization that the FAA does not negotiate,” Sherman Oaks resident, Christine Kim, said.

Representative Brad Sherman, D-CA, said he’s contacted the FAA on behalf of neighbors, but isn’t satisfied with the agencies response.

“Some on my staff have been referring to it as the 'federal airline advocacy administration' because they seem to put noise abatement at the end of their list and airline profits close to the top,” Sherman said.

Noise isn’t the only concern.

Neighbors worry about the health of children who attend schools under the new flight path and protected recreation areas in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Officials said the FAA did not do an environmental impact report before mapping out the new flight path.

“Environmental review, more public review, and mitigation for the impact are the things that we are asking for,” Los Angeles City Council member, Paul Krekorian, said.

Krekorian said he’s written a letter to the FAA along with the Los Angeles City Attorney asking the agency to reconsider the flight path.

Representatives from the FAA did not attend Thursday night’s meeting, but the agency has announced workshops for residents on November 7th and 8th at Pickwick Gardens.

Neighbors can also submit comments on the FAA’s website.

 

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