The Flyaway Bus Terminal – Second Floor Community Meeting Room
7610 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406
GO INSIDE – take elevator at north end of the building to 2nd floor – turn right to the end of the hall
PARK FREE out front in the spaces closest to Woodley Avenue
VAN NUYS AIRPORT CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Tuesday September 10, 2019 – Agenda: 7:00 p.m.
VAN NUYS FLYAWAY
2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
7610 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
CALL TO ORDER – CHAIRMAN JASON PRICE
MOMENT OF SILENCE
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF August 6, 2019
- STAFF REPORTS
- Flora Margheritis, Airport Manager
- Christian Moreno, Chief of Airport Operations
- Diana Sanchez, Director of Public and Community Relations
- Len Krugler, Environmental Specialist
- Lt. Dennis Lau, Officer-in-Charge, Airport Police
- BOAC Agenda Items Concerning VNY
III. NEW BUSINESS
- Emergency Preparedness – Presentation
- By-laws Amendment, Council District 4 Representation – Discussion
- By-laws Amendment, ARTICLE II – Purpose of CAC – Discussion
- Election of Officer – Discussion/Action
- OLD BUSINESS A. Voluntary Noise Curfew, Ad Hoc Committee Update – Discussion/Action
- PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
- REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
VII. REPORT FROM THE WORKING GROUPS
- Membership – Leonel Fuentes, Chairperson
VIII. EMERGENCY ITEMS SINCE POSTING OF AGENDA
- ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS’ COMMENTS
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday October 1, 2019
VAN NUYS FLYAWAY
2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
7610 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
SOUTHERN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AIRPLANE NOISE TASK FORCE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES MARRIOTT BURBANK AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER
2500 N. HOLLYWOOD WAY, BURBANK, CA 91505
1.CALL TO ORDER
2.ROLL CALLa.Declaration of a Quorum
3.APPROVAL OF AGENDA
a.Task Force Meeting Summary
i.August 28, 2019
5.ITEMS FOR TASK FORCE INFORMATION
a.Community Group PresentationsNote: Groups are limited to no more than 20 minutes at Chair discretion. Task Force members cannot take action on any matters raised under this item.
i.Encino Neighborhood Council
6.PUBLIC COMMENT (Non-Agenda Items)Note: Speakers are limited to no more than three minutes at Chair discretion. Task Force members cannot take action on any matters raised under this item.
7.TASK FORCE OR SUPPORT STAFF COMMENTS(Member communications, announcements, other updates and information items, if any.)
8.ITEMS FOR TASK FORCE DISCUSSIONa.Set Next Meeting Date, Time and Location
Los Angeles Daily News – September 3, 2019
Noise complaints over Hollywood Burbank Airport flight paths come to a head as new task force aims for ‘peace and quiet’
By Ariella Plachta | firstname.lastname@example.org |PUBLISHED: September 3, 2019 at 6:00 am | at 9:22 am
For some two years, south San Fernando Valley residents have protested an uptick in aviation noise around their homes, predominately in Studio City and Sherman Oaks, coming from planes departing Hollywood Burbank Airport.
Their advocacy came to a head Wednesday evening with the launch of a task force designed to come up with solutions and appeal to the Federal Aviation Administration, the first packed-house meeting at the Marriot Burbank Airport between a cohort of federal and local elected officials.
The issue at hand, which is related to a nationwide modernization overhaul of GPS airplane routing procedures, concerns the future location and elevation of flight departure routes from Burbank and Van Nuys airports.
Hollywood Burbank Airport leaders arranged the task force in recent months and hired aviation industry consultants to moderate the panel, in hopes that the FAA will adopt community and expert input-based recommendations.
It’s a strategy adopted by airports around the country struggling with aggravated noise complaints, but not always a successful one. Among local advocates, the federal agency has developed a reputation for opaqueness and inflexibility.
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The first meeting of a task force at the Burbank Airport Marriott on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to address aircraft noise concerns in south San Fernando Valley neighborhoods. (Ariella Plachta/Los An
Task force meeting one
At Wednesday’s meeting, the task force designated Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy as chair, and Studio City LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian as co-chair. The panel proceeded to hear nearly two hours of public comment.
The next meeting is slated either for the evening of Sept. 11 or 12. On the agenda are formal presentations by the many south San Fernando Valley community groups who formed around this issue, and a possible presentation by the FAA.
Other members of the working party include mayors of Glendale and Pasadena, staffers at the offices of U.S. Reps. Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, and L.A. city councilmembers David Ryu, Nury Martinez and Paul Koretz. FAA representative Raquel Girvin, the agency’s Western-Pacific Region Aministrator was present Wednesday and is invited to attend subsequent meetings.
Per a decision by the congressional ethics committee, members of Congress cannot be voting members.
Like dozens of past meetings on this issue, Wednesday night was an emotionally charged display of protest by some 200 Valley residents against aircraft cacophony they find to be an acute nuisance, health hazard and environmental threat.
One Studio City woman wheeled in a speaker and drowned the hotel conference room in sounds of engine roaring and whining, aircraft noises she recorded from her home. Another passed out signs that wrote ‘FIX IT NOW!’ to wave at task force representatives.
“My health has severely deteriorated with the constant bombardment of planes in our neighborhood,” said Vicky Harman of Sherman Oaks. Many residents like her say more than 100 planes fly directly overhead per day.
“I moved there for peace and quiet. At first it was one plane every 5 minutes. Then it was two, three now four planes over our home in the same minute at 2, 3, 4, 5 in the morning.”
A sky-high dispute
Residents, the FAA, airports and airlines aren’t in agreement as to what caused an uptick in perceived aircraft noise south of the 101 freeway, though it is evident traffic has increased at Burbank and Van Nuys airports over the past two years.
The federal agency told residents that they intend to place permanent waypoints (turning markers) near Sherman Oaks and Studio City, as part of the FAA’s GPS modernization effort in Southern California known as the NextGen Metroplex. A lawsuit and potential FAA environmental study have stalled that move.
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The first meeting of a task force at the Burbank Airport Marriott on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to address aircraft noise concerns in south San Fernando Valley neighborhoods. (Ariella Plachta/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Many residents believe a gradual and deliberate change was made to the flight paths as part of NextGen starting sometime in 2017, before the FAA officially instituted the waypoints. This change supposedly pushed planes further south, at lower altitudes, and on a more narrow route before making a northbound turn toward their destination than ever before.
Narrower routes are, in fact, a byproduct of NextGen technology.
But acting Burbank Deputy Director of Planning and Development Patrick Lammerding called resident beliefs a misunderstanding. Although an independent study confirmed last year that planes have been flying slightly further south, he said that no official route changes have been made.
Possible reasons for the southward route shift at lower altitudes, he said, include impediments like weather and heavy loads that prolong the distance planes reach 3,000 feet in elevation post-takeoff – the threshold for getting the all-clear to turn north.
Increases in noise could also be explained by the steep jump in terrain elevation immediately south of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City and Sherman Oaks, meaning planes over the hills are at a lower altitude relative to homes. Sounds may also echo and ricochet in ways that haven’t been accounted for.
Finding a fix
The task force aims to present the FAA with recommendations that have received community and expert feasibility input at the end of six months.
Most residents hope that some version of pre-2016 routes, which fly south from the airport and turn north at or before the 101 freeway, can be reinstituted. Some have expressed concern that this change would simply move the problem over to lower-income neighborhoods.
But after years of activism, writing letters and pushing the FAA, many aren’t sure the task force will foster change at all. Lisa Carloss is a Studio City member of grassroots group UproarLA, which focuses on raising money for a legal fund to sue the federal agency.
“We don’t have confidence that this task force is going to yield anything whatsoever,” she said. “The FAA doesn’t want to help us.”
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who has been a leading official working with community activists, said his goal on the task force is to dig up clarity for residents and demand that the FAA disperse flightpaths to more equitably distribute noise.
“The FAA claims that this is not due to NextGen waypoints, so part of what I hope the task force will do is get past the finger-pointing and get to the facts,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s been a lot of transparency so far. My function is really going to be to ask the hard questions and insist upon answers.”
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