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

April 21, 2010 |  9:22 am

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.

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--Brianna Bailey

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