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FAA seeks safety improvements at Bob Hope Airport

January 10, 2011 |  8:07 am

A flight takes off from Bob Hope Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has again raised safety concerns about the proximity between the passenger terminal and one of the runways at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

Federal aviation officials have long held that the terminal is too close to the runway, a finding that in 1986 prompted the agency to prohibit planes from taking off to the east. An airport spokesman said planes taking off to the west are safely airborne well before they near the terminal.

But the latest iteration of the proximity issue came after an incident in April in which two planes flew dangerously close to each other above the airfield. Although that incident was determined to be caused by air-controller error, the federal report on the matter determined that "the airport passenger terminal location presents significant risks and compromises airport design safety standards."

Officials with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority say the airport is making the modest adjustments sought by the FAA, including relocation of a weather sensor near runways, and is working with a private property owner to remove a nearby windmill. They also plan to bolster so-called blast walls that redirect exhaust from jet aircraft.

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Photo: A plane takes off at Bob Hope Airport. Credit: Glendale News-Press