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Burbank Airport turns to Congress in noise restriction fight

After years of painstaking studies, millions of dollars and one failed federal application for nighttime flight restrictions, Bob Hope Airport officials are turning to Congress.

Three representatives whose districts are most affected by curfews signed a letter seeking legislation to bar flights from arriving or departing between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. at Bob Hope and Van Nuys airports.

The effort comes one year after the Federal Aviation Administration rejected the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority's request to impose a ban in what has become a decades-long effort to dampen aircraft noise.

Commercial airlines have agreed to a voluntary curfew at Bob Hope Airport, but freight carriers and others oppose a curfew they say would hurt business.

Last month, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) wrote to the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, seeking to insert language in the next FAA authorization bill allowing for a curfew at the two airports.

Burbank City Manager Mike Flad, who worked with the congressmen and Los Angeles officials in seeking the legislative language, said stakeholders were left with few options after decades of trying to impose a mandatory flight curfew.

"This isn't something that has just started. The airport, the city and residents have been trying to get a curfew since the early '70s," he said. "There is an opportunity because [the FAA] authorization is up, and because we've exhausted other potential remedies."

Cargo operators remain opposed to the curfew.

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Comments () | Archives (5)

Since the '70s? The airport has been there 40-50 years longer than that. Stop the nimby when you moved in next door.

looks like all area politicians are jewish! i didn;t know. where were they whe the airport was build in the middle of nowhere?

As a home owner under the takeoff pattern of Burbank Airport that already has had the noise abatement completed on my home, I am opposed to the curtailing of flights in and out of the airport. Any further reduction of flight traffic to and from Burbank airport further reduces the economic advantages of our airport. As of the last year, United Airlines has discontinued flights in and out of our airport making it more costly to travel from the San Fernando Valley by having to travel to LAX for our flights.

Do not remove flights, remove the bumbling bureaucrats in Burbank's short sighted City Council.

I live over three miles away from Bob Hope Airport in North Hollywood, a town not attached to the airport, and the sounds of the jets wake me in the morning. Trying to watch tv in the evening is difficult as the noise drowns out the audio. If I happen to be on a phone call the jet noise makes it impossible to carry on the conversation. Why is the curfew so hard to enact? Get it done lawmakers. This has been an issue for some thirty years now. Do what you promised to help get you elected. Get it done!

why not put a ban on building around an airports. Dah!!


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