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New jet takeoff route prompts noise complaints by neighbors of John Wayne Airport

Residents in one section of Newport Beach said they are noticing a lot more jet noise since the Federal Aviation Administration introduced a new takeoff procedure at John Wayne Airport.

Residents from the neighborhood on the east side of Newport Bay, which is bordered by Bayside Drive and Coast Highway, say that many of the jets taking off from John Wayne now turn east directly over their homes.

The FAA disputes these claims.

“To us, it’s clear the planes are doing a different route,” Irvine Terrace resident Ray Kennedy, who has lived in the neighborhood for the last 15 years, told the Daily Pilot. “We can hear them and see them in the sky at night by their lights.”

Typically, commercial airliners that take off from John Wayne bound for destinations east of Las Vegas fly out over the Pacific Ocean before turning east.

Kennedy claims some of the jets have started turning sooner since the FAA implemented a new takeoff procedure at John Wayne earlier this month.

Irvine Terrace resident Val Skoro, vice president of the Irvine Terrace homeowners association, says he too has noticed more noise from jets recently.

Read the rest of the story here.

--Brianna Bailey

Photo: Plane approaching John Wayne Airport. Credit: Daily Pilot

Comments () | Archives (13)

I guess these OC Housewives just noticed that they live NEAR AN AIRPORT! Stop complaining and move!

The airport was there before you silly wealthy people chose to build near by.

When I first move to my neighborhood, I was distressed, I did not know that the planes flew right overhead. for weeks I wondered how I would live with planes flying over my house all the time. But to be honest now I don't even know planes are flying. I guess our brain has the amazing ability to cancel certain noise out because I don't know I live near John Wayne unless I step outside and see the planes flying over.

So there is definite hope for these people. They will get used to it as well. Just like people who live next to freeways do and brave souls in New York and Chicago who live right next to subway tracks. We adapt.

As I type this comment the sound of a Southwest Airlines jet rumbles overhead from my office in Laguna Beach. Like my NB neighbors to the North, the jet noise has become louder and louder. It's obvious the jets have shortened the distance they fly out over the Pacific Ocean. I can only hope the FAA is not completely inept and knows where these jets are flying.

It seems that a few evenings spent taking some long exposure photographs of the area might establish some proof that the jets are turning earlier than allowed. Evidence such as this is much more powerful than anecdotal feelings that there is more noise. I wonder, too, if the flight tracking web sites might be monitored and screen captured to show departure routes.

Overall, it is an interesting exercise to see if things have changed or not.


If the fat cats in South OC had not been so quick to vote down using El Toro as a public airport they might not have to be putting up with increased jet noise. Perhaps they could find quiet time in the Great Park?

Poor babies in Newport. Guess you shouldn't have bought the home knowing the airport was there and might expand or change procedures.

Bunch of NIMBY morons.

Ya big babies....

When Val Skoro moved into his home 15 years ago he knew the takeoff route was over his house. If Val Skoro doesn't like the noise, he should move.

I agree with GT. The Newport residents knew about the airport before moving there. It's ridiculous to think that they're complaining about noise from an airport they themselves probably utilize.

A bit of trivia......that famous macho draft dodging war monger John Wayne,who at the time lived in Newport was as rabid a complainer about the airport as anyone and so after his death what does the county do, but name the place after him. It makes me cringe every time I have to fly in there (besides the fact that it is OC) and have to listen to the flight attendant announce our arrival at John Wayne Airport. The airport should be named after Eddie Martin, a real pioneer of aviation, not a blow hard actor . Do any of the readers even know who Eddie Martin is? And no, I don't live in OC anymore. I left 20 years ago when it was obvious the developers were never going to be deterred from their rape of our county.

C'mon people get over it. SNA was there before you. I live in Santa Ana Heights where we get the real noise from take offs (and landings during santa ana wind events) and it's not that bad.

It's about time somebody else in Newport Beach with high end real estate got some of this crappy noise!!!!!

Why not ruin the best city in southern California with an airport?

Good job to the a$$holes who took the payoffs on this deal back in the 80's. Your day is coming, dog.


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