Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: AUGUST 5, 2003

SUBJECT: NATIONAL AIRSPACE REDESIGN AND EXCESSIVE AIRCRAFT NOISE ASSOCIATED WITH LAX OVERFLIGHTS

RECOMMENDATION

Consider authorizing the Mayor to send letters to the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation concerning the National Airspace Redesign efforts and excessive aircraft noise due to LAX easterly operations.

BACKGROUND

Since late 1997, the City has urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to consider mitigation of the excessive aircraft noise caused by LAX departure flight paths over the City. Although the City and its resident activists have worked cooperatively with the FAA and LAWA on special task forces and committees created to address the noise, the problem remains unresolved to some extent for residents living underneath particular flight paths.

DISCUSSION

Councilmember Barbara Ferraro requested this item be placed on the agenda for Council consideration on behalf of PANIC (Peninsula Aircraft Noise Information Committee). The PANIC group is sending the attached draft letters to the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration concerning the following (1) excessive jet noise and traffic volume over the City due to Easterly Operations at LAX; and (2) the inclusion of aircraft noise and pollution as criteria to be considered under the FAA Airspace Redesign efforts for our area, the Western District.

LAX easterly operations are jet aircraft departing to the east, flying south and then turning right over the northern part of the City towards the ocean. This flight path would resemble an elongated, backward "C". According to PANIC, the jets tend to fly less than 10,000 feet above the City between midnight and 2:00 am, so the noise is excessively loud and disrupts the sleep of many residents living near canyons or at higher elevations. PANIC believes the traffic volume has steadily increased and that easterly operations have become an established flight pattern instead of remaining as an alternative path used during windy or poor weather conditions.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently undertaking a redesign of our nation’s airspace to reduce air traffic congestion and increase security and safety. According to PANIC, the FAA Western District National Airspace Redesign’s project objectives and benefits exclude any mention of aircraft noise effects. The PANIC group strongly supports the inclusion of aircraft noise and pollution as goals or criteria to be considered for the nation’s airspace redesign.

The PANIC group requests the City Council to prepare and send letters similar to the ones drafted by PANIC. Should Council agree to support the above concerns, staff will prepare the appropriate letters for the Mayor’s signature.

FISCAL IMPACT

None associated with this report.

PREPARED BY

Gina Park

Sr. Administrative Analyst

APPROVED BY

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachment:

  1. Draft letters prepared by PANIC