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Glendale Commissioner Named President of Airport Authority

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Bob Hope Airport, has elected new interim officers to head the Authority Commission. The election followed the resignation of former Airport Authority President and Pasadena Commissioner Chris Holden, who assumed office in the State Assembly in December, representing the 41st District.

The Authority elects officers for one-year terms, commencing in July of each year, and the new slate of interim officers will serve out the remainder of the current term through June.

Glendale Commissioner Rafi Manoukian was elected President. Commissioner Susan Georgino of Burbank was elected Vice President, and Commissioner Steve Madison of Pasadena was
chosen to be Secretary.

Manoukian has been an Authority commissioner since 2006. He has served as Secretary and Treasurer and was Vice President at the time of his election as President. Georgino has served on the Authority since October 2011 and had served as Secretary since July 2012. Madison has been a member of the Authority since June 2010. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is a joint powers authority formed by the three cities to own and operate Bob Hope Airport. The Authority is governed by a nine-member commission, and each of the three cities appoints three commissioners to the panel.

The other current commissioners are: Don Brown and Bill Wiggins of Burbank; Dave Weaver and Frank Quintero of Glendale; and Terry Tornek of Pasadena.

Firm Retained to Study Multi-Modal Transit Connections at Airport

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has voted to approve retaining two firms, AECOM, Inc. and STV, Inc., to conduct studies focusing on improving multi-modal transit connections to and from Burbank Bob Hope Airport and to begin planning for potential land uses in and around the Airport, including the B-6 property, site of the former Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works.”

The Airport Land Use Working Group (ALUWG), comprising staff members from both the Airport and the City of Burbank, will provide oversight and direction for the studies.

The technical studies represent the next steps in a joint Authority and City process to develop a consensus plan for the future of Bob Hope Airport. The studies’ scopes include:

  1. Engaging in a consensus-based planning process with community involvement to identify future transportation options.
  2. Assisting the Authority in evaluating and integrating concurrent transportation planning activities, such as improving connections to the North Hollywood Red Line Station and to the Gold Line in Pasadena.
  3. Assisting the City in identifying acceptable land use development opportunities at the Airport and nearby rail stations.
  4. Developing strategies that minimize environmental impacts of Airport-related development.

In 2011 both the Authority and the City agreed to extend a 2005 Development Agreement until March, 2015. Extending the Agreement allows the City and Authority time to work closely with the community to explore options for future use of the land in and around the Airport and the transit systems serving the Airport.

The preliminary schedule calls for the public involvement in the studies to begin next spring. The selected firms, AECOM, Inc. and STV, Inc., have extensive transportation and land use planning experience. The studies will take approximately fourteen months to complete at a cost of $949,647, being covered through a grant from the federal government with additional funding from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Bob Hope Airport Holds Workshop to Inform Public of Progress on Noise Study

Members of the public were invited to attend a community workshop on the aircraft noise impact study being conducted by the Bob Hope Airport Wednesday night. This is an update to the Airport’s 1998 “Federal Aviation Regulation Part 150 Study,” which evaluates current and future aircraft noise impacts on communities near airports.

Looking at the patterns of take offs and landing at The Bob Hope Airport. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The workshops are designed to allow members of the community to express their opinions and concerns, provide input, and learn more about the process of noise compatibility planning surrounding the Bob Hope Airport,” said Mark Hardyment, Director of Noise and Environmental Programs for the Airport.

The noise study is referred to as an FAR Part 150 Study after the section of the federal code under which it is authorized, and will analyze the current and a five-year forecast for aircraft-generated noise conditions at Bob Hope Airport. The primary purpose for conducting the study is to continue to obtain federal funding assistance for the Airport’s ongoing Residential Acoustical Treatment Program. This sound insulation program so far has insulated more than 2,220 residences and four local schools at a cost in excess of $100 million.

Consultant Sidney Allen answers questions from concern residents during Wednesday’s Part 150 meeting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The FAR Part 150 Study process is comprised of two fundamental components – a “Noise Exposure Map Update,” and a “Noise Compatibility Program Update.” The Noise Exposure Map component documents the forecasted level of incompatible aircraft noise expected over a five-year period.

The Noise Compatibility Program component is a comprehensive list of noise mitigation and abatement measures that should be implemented to reduce the impact of noise on the surrounding community and is prepared after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approves the completed Noise Exposure Map.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Noise Exposure Map Update component is under way with Coffman Associates, Inc. providing technical assistance to the Airport. At each step in the process, Coffman Associates will prepare working papers documenting its analysis and findings. This information will be made available for public review and comment via public workshops, of which the Wednesday night’s event is the second, and the Bob Hope Airport website.

The workshop was conducted in an open house format and included a variety of displays that explain and summarize the FAR Part 150 process, the project schedule, inventory of existing conditions, aviation forecasts, and draft noise exposure contours. Airport executives and their consultants were on hand to explain any technical details and respond to questions and queries.

Burbank resident Daniel Lim checks out the maps and available material during Wednesday’s Part 150 study, that was open to the public. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After this workshop, the next step in the process will be to compile all comments to the draft materials and prepare the Noise Exposure Map Update document for Bob Hope Airport.

In addition to two public workshops, the Airport Authority staff and consultants have reached out to a broad base of interested parties and formed a Study Advisory Committee (SAC) to provide input and feedback to the study process and technical study material. The SAC is comprised of local residents, homeowners, association members, local planning agencies, airport users, and representatives from the aviation and business communities, as well as state and federal agencies

Funding for the FAR Part 150 Study is provided by the FAA and the Airport Authority.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bob Hope Airport Plane Crash: Just A Drill

Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport was the scene of a plane crash Tuesday morning in which 15 people were killed and another 50 injured.  Fortunately, it was all just a drill.

The Full Scale Emergency Exercise took place in the large vacant area in the northeast section of the airport property where the old Lockheed Skunk Works used to be located.  It involved a number of emergency response organization who would be involved if there were a real-life incident at the airport.  An old passenger jet fuselage was used to simulate the crashed plane, along with three cars.

In a chillingly real-sounding broadcast, the simulated radio transmission between the airport tower and the doomed plane were played to the assembled crowd of observers.  A commercial flight with 65 passengers and a crew of 4, is on final approach from the south for runway 33.  The pilot and co-pilot are temporarily blinded when someone on the ground on Empire Ave. shines a laser into the cockpit.  The plane makes a hard landing, partially collapsing it’s nose gear.  The plane veers off the runway, through a fence, before striking a construction area and bursting into flames.


Bits of cork simulating debris, and dirt go flying while cars burn in the background, as the Emergency Exercise gets underway at Bob Hope Airport. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

To add realism, pyrotechnics were placed around the fuselage, and in three cars.  An explosion goes off, sending dirt and pieces of cork to simulate debris flying from around the aircraft.  The cars burst into flame.  A huge loom up of black smoke rises into the sky, which was visible for miles around.

First to arrive on scene are the specialized fire trucks from Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting.  Although just spraying water on the crashed plane, they are designed in a real incident to spray foam to quickly put out any fire.  As units from the Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and Los Angeles City Fire Departments arrived on scene, the burning cars were extinguished, and rescue of the victims inside the plane began.

Scott Noack’s fake plane crash injuries were quite gory, just as he requested.             (Photo by Stan Lynch).


These volunteer victims had been at the airport since 6 a.m. for their “cosmetic magic.” As they emerged from the crashed plane, their wounds looked very real.  Firefighters set up a triage area as the injured victims were assessed.  Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was on hand to deal with the injured.  For the less fortunate victims, the Los Angeles County Coroner was on hand with a mobile autopsy truck.

Burbank resident Scott Noack looked like he should have been among the dead.  The left side of his face was covered in what appeared to be a gaping wound and burned flesh.  A member of the Burbank Fire Corps, Noack had asked to be made up “as gory as possible.”  They didn’t disappoint him.  He joked that he left his left eyeball in seat 13F.

Barbara Felder, an Operations Coordinator at the airport got a broken leg as well as the neat facial injuries in the plane crash.  (Photo by Stan Lynch)

Barbara Felder, who works as an operations coordinator at the airport, was walking around with a “concussion.”  Her face was made up to appear burned, and she sported a broken left leg.  She joked about walking through the Southwest ticketing area on her way back to work.  Like other “victims” in the drill, she would get cleaned up before leaving.

Not so lucky were Cornelio Lozano of Hollywood and Bill Naylor of Buena Park.  They were among those killed in the crash.  Naylor, who sported a fake metal spike protruding from his forehead, is no newcomer to death.  This is his third time to die.  He was a casualty at a drill previously held at John Wayne Airport, and at another held at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Dead men walking, and talking: Cornelio Lozano with airplane oxygen mask, and Bill Naylor were among the “fatalities” in the plane crash. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

“I’d like a live position next time, “ said Naylor, so I can see more of what’s going on.”


Had he really been killed in the crash, Naylor would have ended up in the Coroner’s truck.  Logistics Technician Manuel Gutierrez of the Corner’s Office explained how the truck is equipped to perform autopsies at the scene of a major incident.  The Coroner has 4 of these trucks.  They are used for incidents with multiple deaths, such as the Chatsworth train wreck a few years ago.

Michelle Van Hoek, an ER nurse at St. Joe’s was there for the injured. The hospital has large tents that can quickly be inflated to provide a place for triage, or even to treat the injured.  Connie Lackey of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center showed off the communications van that lets 10 hospitals in the Providence system stay in contact during a major incident.  Next to the van was their mobile command and communications center that allows the hospital to be in communication with police, fire, hospitals, and other medical facilities by radio, satellite, data, and phone.

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) requires the airport to conduct this exercise every three years.  In addition to meeting the FAA requirement, it provided the emergency responders from the various agencies participating with the opportunity to respond and evaluate the Airport’s current Emergency Plan.  In a real emergency the plan would be to save lives by putting out any fires, rescuing victims, protecting the environment and property, and returning the airport to normal operations as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Besides the Airport Police and Burbank Police Departments, FBI and National Transportation Board agents were on hand for the exercise.  In the event of a similar real-life event, the area would be considered a crime scene.  Support would also come from the air. Helicopters from the Burbank Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office flew over during the exercise.

Airport Police Chief Edward Skvarna was not surprised by how well the various agencies worked together during the exercise.  His department works with personnel from these agencies almost every day.

“There are always things we can do better,” said Skvarna, adding, “I’m very happy with the exercise.”

Evaluators from a variety of agencies were on scene to observe all aspects of the exercise.  Their observations and critiques will be part of a full-scale evaluation that will take place on April 4.

City Council, Airport Authority to Hold Joint Meeting

The Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will hold a joint meeting March 15, 2012 to receive a report on the results of recent public opinion research regarding Bob Hope Airport. The meeting will convene at 5:00 p.m. in the City of Burbank Community Services Building, 150 N. Third Street, Burbank, CA 91502. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The public opinion research – directed by the Airport Land Use Working Group, composed of staffs of the City and Airport, and conducted over the past three months by the firm of Goodwin Simon Strategic Research – was the first step in a joint effort by the City and the Authority to engage in a comprehensive public outreach and participation process for the purpose of obtaining community input and facilitating consensus-based planning for the future of the Airport.

The research was intended to scientifically establish current public sentiment among the community and other affected parties about the Airport. Goodwin Simon conducted a telephone survey in February of just over 1100 registered voters – more than half of them in Burbank, and others in Glendale, Pasadena, and areas of Los Angeles near the airport.