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USL.A. is suing the FAA as residents are fed up with noisy planes in their neighborhoods

09:05  25 june  2019
09:05  25 june  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Culver City and Newport Beach to sue the Federal Aviation Administration , alleging Culver City officials noted that over the past several years, residents have contacted the council repeatedly The FAA made changes, including raising the altitude for planes flying over Culver City, based on public

The Federal Aviation Administration held a public workshop Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, for residents to see how new flight plans for arriving and departing planes at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport could affect them.

L.A. is suing the FAA as residents are fed up with noisy planes in their neighborhoods© David McNew / Getty Images

Citing concerns about airplane noise for residents in West Adams, Mid-City and surrounding neighborhoods, the city of L.A. is suing the Federal Aviation Administration to get a court to invalidate the routes jets now use to access Los Angeles International Airport.

The lawsuit follows complaints from residents in those neighborhoods who say planes are bearing down on their homes, causing a thunderous and constant commotion.

The city’s three-page petition challenges the FAA’s May 2018 publication and subsequent implementation of its “North Downwind” approach procedures to LAX.

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Airplanes bound for Los Angeles International Airport appear to be flying overhead more frequently and at lower altitudes. For two or three years now, the aircraft A draft environmental report about the new system found that neighborhoods in L . A . would not experience a significant increase in noise .

- Burien residents and city hall are fighting the FAA in federal court to stop flights from being diverted over the The FAA started diverting slower propeller planes in summer 2016 to ease congestion. Along with that focus, we also balance the need to efficiently get our guests to their destinations while

The city pushing back on what it describes as a new policy to limit public comment on flight paths. Comments submitted to the FAA’s website on the proposed flight procedures now aren’t taken into account, the city claims.

City Atty. Mike Feuer’s office said in a statement on Monday that the FAA changed flight patterns in 2017. Further changes were made in May 2018, but the agency “allegedly failed to perform the required environmental review or seek public comment,” the statement said.

The FAA’s new flight pathways are part of the Southern California Metroplex project, which created satellite-based routes at airports throughout the region. The routes, according to the agency, are supposed to be more precise than previous pathways, which use ground-based navigation.

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Despite a widespread belief that its complaints about airplane noise are falling on deaf ears at the Federal Aviation Administration , Palo Alto More than 20 residents made their case before the council's closed session, with some pointing to the success that the city of Phoenix has had in suing

The sky is humming with jet noise , spaced within as little as 60 seconds of each other, plane after Many Culver City residents are concerned the increased jet noise and pollution will negatively Other cities have recently sued the FAA over increased aircraft noise in their neighborhoods due to

In 2016, the agency declared the Southern California Metroplex “would not result in significant noise impacts or reportable noise increases.”

The city said in its statement that its lawyers will argue that the FAA failed to properly consider the environmental impacts of changing the flight paths. The city wants the court to deem the paths invalid and force the agency to do a proper environmental review.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the FAA in Los Angeles, said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

The city’s petition was filed Friday with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles cases against federal agencies.

Previously, the city sought to work with the FAA to address several complaints about the flights, but “to date these negotiations have been unsuccessful,” the city’s said in its statement.

The Southern California Metroplex project is part of a larger FAA modernization program called NextGen, which has drawn complaints in several cities. Newport Beach and Culver City have also filed legal challenges against the FAA.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is up for reauthorization in Congress, and a group of lawmakers who are concerned about airplane noise hope this can be a tool to rewrite noise regulations. (Congress faces a March 30 deadline to fully reauthorize the agency or pass a short-term extension

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering several ways to reduce noise created by planes flying in to San Francisco International Airport Residents of formerly quiet cities like Pacifica started to see (and hear) 200 to 250 planes over their neighborhoods daily, at all times of day and night.

“Too many people are being impacted by all the new flight paths,” said Denny Schneider, chairman of the LAX Community Noise Roundtable, who hadn’t seen the lawsuit yet. “Let’s hope that the FAA is listening.”

The roundtable consists of an array of members, including community groups and elected officials.

Separately, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted last week to ask the FAA to use different flight paths for departures out of Hollywood Burbank Airport. The authority is seeking to bring relief to residents in Studio City and other San Fernando Valley communities who’ve been complaining about aircraft noise.

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