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Burbank Airport turns to Congress in noise restriction fight

August 1, 2010 |  3:18 pm

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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