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Sixth Meeting of the Noise Task Force Held

FAA Representatives listen to presentations. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

While FAA representatives sat listening with passive, stone-like faces, studies and suggested solutions were presented at the sixth meeting of the Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force held Feb. 19 to discuss solutions for the ongoing problem of airliner jet noise over the Southern region of the San Fernando Valley–including the City of Burbank.

HMMH Inc., an environmental and transportation consulting firm, gave a detailed and lengthy presentation supplying studies, research and the pros and cons of the suggested solutions; the Task Force and community groups listened intently.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

When HMMH confirmed air traffic from Hollywood Burbank and Van Nuys Airports had increased from 2017 to 2020, cheers and clapping erupted from the frustrated residents in the audience. Community groups have long said the extreme noise did not start until 2017 after the implementation of the FFA’s NextGen program. The NextGen satellite-based airliner navigational system, created to make flights safer, efficient and quieter, moved flight routes over the Valley from their historic paths.                   

A collective proposal by several community groups gave their own research and recommendations. Potential solutions included having planes climb to a higher altitude immediately after takeoff, dispersing flight routes in a wider range over the Valley, so no single community would suffer the bulk of jet noise and that the routes be returned to their historical paths. The FAA has said they will not return the routes to their earlier paths.

Beth Fulton, president of the Valley Village Homeowners Association said, “We have taken pieces of each group’s presentation and tried to figure out how is there a piece of this that can work, so everybody can try and get some relief. Our continued message is, share, share, share.”

 The FFA disqualified most of the recommendations claiming FAA regulations, limitations on airspace, airliner safety, traffic from other airports and many other explanations.  

A newcomer to the Task Force meetings was Pacoima Beautiful representing the North East San Fernando Valley.

 “Some of the proposals that have been submitted in terms of changing flight paths is really concentrating most of the flight paths North of the airport–basically over our communities. We have a problem with that,” said Andres Ramirez, director of Pacoima Beautiful.

Burbank Mayor Sharon Springer. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

“We just have to be very fair in our recommendations,” said City of Burbank Mayor Sharon Springer. “We will make recommendations and those recommendations will go to the FAA, and they will say yes or no. The FAA may know another way to achieve that same outcome.”

Several community groups from the affected areas and representatives of the local congressional districts and California’s Senators were in attendance.

Suzanne Lewis, board member of the Valley Village Neighborhood Council was direct, “You know who regulates them [FAA].  Congress. That’s who they’ll listen to. So that’s who we need to be putting pressure on. I’m glad our congressmen are here. Even the senators… their representatives are here.”

The Task Force has just under a month to recommend possible solutions to the complex issue of Valley jet noise. The next meeting of the Task Force will be April 2 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Reports Increased Numbers in November

Airline passenger traffic at Hollywood Burbank Airport maintained the upward trend of passenger increases for the month of November 2019. The November 2019 passenger count of 525,279 is an increase of 9.50 percent over the November 2018 passenger count of 479,719. Year-to-date, January through November 2019 total passenger count of 5,429,217 is an increase of 13.14 percent over January through November 2018 total passenger count of 4,798,818.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 8.43 percent, and general aviation operations increased 20.24 percent when compared to November 2018.

Total aircraft operations increased in November 2019 with 12,054 total aircraft operations, a 14.85 percent increase compared to 10,495 total aircraft operations in November 2018.

The top three airlines in November 2019 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (360,137), Alaska Airlines (41,684) and United Airlines (33,279).

Residents Continue to Voice Frustration With Jet Noise

The Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force held their fifth meeting Wednesday, where elected officials and frustrated San Fernando residents voiced complaints over the loud jet noise assaulting their communities from above.

Groups representing Burbank and several southern Valley communities gave presentations and asked questions of the elected officials and FAA representatives. During their presentations suggestions and requests to solve the noise problem were made. Burbank Mayor Sharon Springer and Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy were in attendance.

Quiet Burbank Skies gave a detailed study showing the increase of flights in recent years from Burbank airport. Burbank citizens complained of loud daily jet noise—sometimes as extreme as 80 to 100 decibels—jets flying at low altitudes which increased their noise loudness while passing overhead and noise from flights taking off as late as 3am waking residents. According to the study Burbank airport has not been enforcing its own noise regulations or after curfew take off rules. The last flight allowed to be scheduled at Burbank airport is 10 p.m.

In Nov. 2019, 6,000 complaints about loud jet noise were made.

“It’s just noisy all the time,” said Judith Fraser who lives in Laurel Canyon. “We have had noise but not like this. This is really sever. It seems like they are flying lower…more flights and lower.”

Quiet Burbank Skies claimed the extreme jet noise started after the Next Generation Air Transportation System, called NexGen, was implemented in 2017.  NextGen, a satellite-based navigation system was created to make flights safer, quieter, and more efficient. The city of Los Angeles sued the FAA in Dec. 2019 because of plane noise over the San Fernando Valley and the FAA’s lack of action. The suit asks that the FAA return flights to pre-NextGen routes.

Planes taking off at a higher altitude, making their turns over the Valley sooner, Burbank airport imposing fines for violations of noise and after curfew plane take offs and returning to pre-NextGen flight routes were all solutions given by the community groups.  

Questions asked to the FAA’s representatives by elected officials and residents were not answered. The agency replied they could not answer questions due to the litigation with Los Angeles. The refusal to provide any information frustrated and angered the meeting’s audience members some of who were holding up signs reading Fix it Now, Play Fair and Liar.

The panel of elected officials and representatives said no action would be considered until the series of task force meetings was finished. The final airport task force meeting will be held Feb. 19 at the Los Angles Marriott Burbank Airport hotel.

L. A. City Attorney to FAA: Fix Hollywood Burbank Flight Paths

L. A. City Attorney Mike Feuer has sent two letters to the FAA.

One to the Western-Pacific Regional Administrator, Raquel Girvin, demanding that the FAA direct the tower to tell flights to stay within the route used before ‘NextGen’ was implemented.

The full letter can be read here.

The second letter was sent to the FAA Operations Support Group in Washington State that the FAA prepare an environmental assessment before aircraft resume the new routes.

The full letter can be read here.

The has been no comment from either the City of Burbank or the Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Commission as of this time.



Hollywood Burbank Airport Announces Open House for Final Charrette Workshop

Hollywood Burbank Airport invites the community to the sixth and final design charrette workshop on Saturday, October 26, 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

The design charrette workshop process is coming to an end and we’re celebrating with an open house event at Hollywood Burbank Airport. We will unveil the complete community-based vision for the replacement passenger terminal (RPT) as well as debut the official project name.

Taking place on-site of the RPT, this family-friendly event has activities for all ages including interactive games, balloon artists, giveaways, food and more!

The open house format will display all the work created at our previous five charrette workshops and give the community one last chance to provide comments on the design features and amenities they would like to see in the RPT.

Attendees of more than three of the previous design charrette workshops will be entered into a raffle to win one of three prizes.

Charrette #6 Open House: .

Hollywood Burbank Airport
2821 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Free parking in Lot A at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Winona Avenue

Avion Burbank Breaks Ground at Hollywood Burbank Airport

Ariel view of development

Overton Moore Properties (“OMP”) commenced construction today on Avion Burbank with a ground-breaking ceremony for the largest infill development project developed during the past 20 years in San Fernando Valley.

When completed, the mixed-use business park will include 18 buildings representing 1.25 million square feet of creative industrial, creative office, and retail space along with a 150-room hotel. The project is a joint venture between OMP and Invesco Real Estate. OMP purchased the property in 2016 from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and received project approval from the Burbank City Council earlier this year.

Retail shops at Hollywood Way and Tulare

Located on 60 acres at the intersection of Hollywood Way and San Fernando Road, Avion Burbank is surrounded by multiple transit opportunities, including a Metrolink stop, Burbank Hollywood Airport, multiple bus lines, and excellent freeway access. The project will be LEED Certified SILVER Core and Shell, providing opportunities for users and their employees to be in an amenity-rich environment that includes multi-purpose walk paths, indoor/outdoor meeting areas, bike share stations, retail establishments, and a boutique hotel. The project will install 115 Level 2 EV chargers and prewire and has the room to add 62 parking stalls and truck loading docks for future EV chargers.

“Avion Burbank will offer users a unique environment that incorporates state-of-the-art buildings situated in an interactive work-life environment,” said Timur Tecimer, Chief Executive Officer of Overton Moore Properties. “This innovative campus will also boast multiple outdoor amenities that will assist companies in recruiting and retaining the best talent.”

Planned buildings

Brokers are expecting that Avion Burbank will be a popular destination as the mixed-use project will fill a unique niche in the Southern California marketplace.

“The market is really hungry for this type of smart, integrated facility solution,” said Matt Hargrove, Vice Chairman of CBRE. “There is an unprecedented demand for Class A industrial space driven by large entertainment and content firms and their supply chains. The creative office product which is for sale or lease will provide owner-users with a unique opportunity to create a design-to-suit office experience all within a multi-modal master planned setting. With its scale and variety, we see a huge opportunity for Avion Burbank to be a location of choice for users looking for a unique environment—all in a single location.”

Airports Hold Second Joint Noise Task Force Meeting

The Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force (Task Force) – a group formed to collaboratively address community concerns regarding aircraft noise resulting from planes departing from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) – heard from a community group and community members on minimizing noise from the airports. The Task Force’s objective is to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with recommendations on aircraft operations and suggestions to alleviate noise based off the community and industry experts’ proposals.

Meeting Highlights

  • UproarLA, a Los Angeles community group, presented their recommendations to establish immediate changes to flight departure operations. Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) asked to move a presentation by the Encino Neighborhood Council to the next meeting.
  • Task Force members asked the FAA clarifying questions. The FAA will give a presentation on airspace in the Los Angeles region at a future meeting.  

“The Task Force forum allows us to work together in a transparent, respectful and collaborative way,” said Task Force Chair, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy. “We are committed to continuing to hold these Task Force meetings and working together with community members, industry experts and other entities to ensure we collectively come to a reasonable solution.”

“This Task Force will work hard to propose feasible community-based solutions that disperse the noise generated from the airports,” said Task Force Vice Chair, Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD2). “My top priority is to ensure community members are being heard by the FAA, that they’re getting answers to their questions about the changes to the flight path and that we begin implementing changes to mitigate the impacts that are so adversely affecting the East San Fernando Valley.”

The official bylaws document and agenda items from this meeting can be found on the BUR website or on VNY website. The third Task Force meeting will be held on October 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

Cars and Jets Take Over Hollywood Burbank Airport Hanger

At 9:00 am on Sunday, September 9, 60 Supercars Lined up outside of Hollywood Burbank Airport to enter what is one of California’s most prestigious car events, “Cars and Jets”. The event was held in one of the airport’s private hangers packing the location with around 60 super cars from all over the country and two private jets. 

Steven Barth ran the event. A car enthusiast himself, Barth said “The reason I created Cars & Jets is because of the lack of privacy in the car community”. He also added “As an owner of exotic cars you get a lot of questions from people asking for advice, some asking for investments in their big new ideas and I also get a ridiculous amount of requests from photographers to set up shoots.

This is fun for a while but you do get tired of it. With the huge popularity of the car scene on Instagram, people are losing the original idea behind what car meets started out as. It used to be owners getting together in parking lots and enjoying each other’s companies and cars”. 

In addition to all the supercars, there were two Gulfstream jets that you could enter and feel like you were a millionaire flying 30,000 feet up in the air.

If you got hungry at the event that was no problem because they had a private catering company come out to serve gourmet tacos. There was also coffee and drinks which topped the over all experience of “Cars And Jets”

Car owner Kenny Beainy (@RSresport) added “Everyone at Cars and Jets was treated equal no matter if you where a millionaire or just a regular person, car owners bonded and just over all had fun. 

All in all “Cars And Jets” was a spectacular event where car owners got together to just have fun and get to know other fellow car enthusiasts  

The Next “Cars and Jets” event is supposed to take place in December, for the exact date follow @carsandjetsofficial on instagram.

All photos by Connor McCrory

Inaugural Joint Noise Task Force Meeting Held on Aircraft

The Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force (Task Force) – a group formed to address community concerns regarding aircraft noise resulting from aircraft departing from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) – held its first of up to six meetings yesterday evening. The inaugural meeting laid out the ground rules to ensure a collegial and respectful environment, explained the process for public comments, and voted to elect the Task Force officers and adopt the bylaws.

The Task Force consists of a set of eight voting members from local city government officials and five non-voting participants from the U.S. Congress. Staff from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority (BGPAA), and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) attended the Task Force meeting as technical advisors.

Elected Task Force Officers

  • Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy of Burbank, was elected as the Task Force Chair
  • Councilman Paul Krekorian (CD2) was elected as the Task Force Vice Chair

By-Laws Overview

  • Task Force meetings will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act and Robert’s Rules of Order, and moderated by a facilitator.
  • A majority of the voting members of the Task Force (five) constitutes a quorum.
  • Any action taken by the Task Force shall require the affirmative vote of the majority of voting members present at the meeting.

“We are committed to making sure all voices are being heard,” said Patrick Lammerding, Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Development at Hollywood Burbank Airport. “The Task Force is a collaborative process that encourages community members to voice their opinions, share ideas, and promote solutions for changes to the departure path from both airports.”

“The Task Force is a significant initiative that welcomes community feedback to discover solutions in an inclusive and open format,” said Flora Margheritis, the VNY Airport Manager at LAWA. “I personally want to thank the Task Force and community members for their

commitment to working together to find a consensus recommendation that fits the needs of our communities.”

The official bylaws document and meeting presentation can be found on the BUR website or on VNY website. The second Task Force meeting will occur within the next two weeks.

Airport Authority Commission Elects Burbank Commissioner Ray Adams as President

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Hollywood Burbank Airport, has elected new officers to head the Authority Commission for a one-year term from July 2019 through June 2020. The Commission elects its officers each July.

Burbank Commissioner Ray Adams was elected President, Commissioner Ross Selvidge of Pasadena was elected Vice President, and Commissioner Vartan Gharpetian of Glendale was chosen Secretary.

Adams was first appointed to the Airport Authority in February 2015 and served as Vice President this last term and Secretary the previous term. Ross Selvidge was first appointed to the Commission in July 2015 and served as Secretary this last term. Varian Gharpetian was first appointed to the Commission in December 2016 and served as Treasurer this previous term.

In related actions, the Authority appointed Glendale Commissioner Paula Devine as Treasurer, appointed Burbank Commissioner Bill Wiggins as Auditor, and reappointed Executive Director Frank Miller as Assistant Secretary.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is a joint powers agency formed by the three cities to own and operate Hollywood Burbank Airport. The Airport Authority is governed by a nine-member Commission, and each of the three cities appoints three Commissioners.

In addition to the officers, the other current Commissioners are: Don Brown of Burbank; Terry Tornek and Steve Madison of Pasadena, and one vacant seat for Glendale.