In 2017, communities throughout the South San Fernando Valley began experiencing dramatic changes in the amount and location of airplane noise from Burbank and Van Nuys airports. Many neighborhoods that had never before experienced significant aircraft disturbance were suddenly being barraged with a nearly constant series of planes overhead producing disruptive, roaring noise.
This week, the task force debated and approved a series of recommendations that it will submit to the FAA. If adopted by the FAA, these recommendations would reduce overall disruption for ALL communities in the southeast San Fernando Valley.
- immediately restoring Burbank departing flight tracks to historic conditions prior to 2007, and rejecting new proposed departure procedures that would have forced more flights into new airspace above the Studio City hills;
- rejecting a proposal to place guidance "waypoints" along the Ventura Freeway, which would have concentrated flight tracks above Valley Village and North Hollywood;
- increasing the rate at which aircraft must ascend so planes get higher, faster
- adopting procedures that will disperse departing flights so that no one neighborhood experiences an inequitable share of flight noise;
- adopting procedures to cause more flights to depart Burbank to the east, thus avoiding CD2 altogether;
- instituting enforceable curfews at both Burbank and Van Nuys airports;
- creating a Citizens Advisory Committee for Burbank Airport to address community concerns.