VAN NUYS AIRPORT CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL

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January 7, 2019 – Agenda: 7:00 p.m.

VAN NUYS FLYAWAY

2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

7610 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

CALL TO ORDER – CHAIRMAN DAVID RANKELL

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF November 6, 2018

  1. 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
  1. BOAC Agenda Items Concerning VNY – Discussion/Action
  2. REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
  3. Committee Assignments

III. REPORT FROM THE WORKING GROUPS

  1. Membership – John Parker, Chairperson
  2. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
  3. NEW BUSINESS – Discussion/Action
  4. LADBS Special Event Permit Requirements – Discussion
  5. OLD BUSINESS – Discussion/Action
  6. EMERGENCY ITEMS SINCE POSTING OF AGENDA – Discussion/Action
  7. ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS’ COMMENTS
  8. ADJOURNMENT

NEXT MEETING: Feb 4, 2019

VAN NUYS FLYAWAY

2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

7610 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other formats (if possible), will be provided upon request.

Sign Language Interpreters, Communication Access Real-Time Transcription, Assistive Listening Devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend. Due to difficulties in securing Sign Language Interpreters, five or more business days’ notice is strongly recommended. For additional information, please contact: LAWA’s Coordinator for Disability Services at (424) 646-5005 or via California Relay Service at 711.

For additional information, please contact Van Nuys Airport Public and Community Relations (818) 442-6526.

Each public speaker will have three minutes per agenda item to politely address the VNY CAC with a five-minute cumulative total to speak on all agenda items. The Presiding Officer shall, however, exercise discretion to determine whether such period of time should be reduced or extended based upon such factors as the length of the agenda or substance of the agenda items, the number of public comment speaker card submitted, the need for the VNY CAC to conclude its business as expeditiously as is practicable, and whether the VNY CAC is at risk of losing a quorum, among other factors.

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Royal Woods Neighborhood Watch Update December 13, 2018

 

STOP THE JETS OVER ROYAL WOODS

 

Jet intrusions into the Encino and Sherman Oaks hills from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) flights were increased in response to a small number of noise complaints from Van Nuys residents.

 

Prior to 2015 planes heading south before turning to go north, east or west were allowed to turn as soon as they could after leaving the runway. In response to a small number Van Nuys residents noise complaints, in 2015 pilots were asked to not turn until after Victory Blvd. In late 2017 this was revised so that turns don’t start now until almost Burbank Blvd, which pushes them much farther into the hillsides of Sherman Oaks and Encino and at lower altitudes.

 

Additionally, the number of flights at VNY have increased by over 30% in the past two years to over 375 per day, and will continue to increase as Santa Monica Airport is phased out!

 

If enough Encino and Sherman Oaks residents complain on the VNY Noise Complaint website, it may be possible to reverse the 2017 directive to pilots.

 

TELL VAN NUYS AIRPORT TO GO BACK TO EARLIER TURNS

 

Call VNY Airport 1-800-560-0010

press 2 & follow prompts.

– or –

File a complaint at www.planenoise.com/vny/

 

 

COMPLAINTS FROM MANY MATTER…….COMPLAIN AGAIN EACH MONTH……..URGE NEIGHBORS TO ALSO COMPLAIN

 

UproarLA is fighting for residents impacted by BOTH Burbank and Van Nuys Airports. Go to their website www.UproarLA.org to learn how you can help!

 

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MOTION APPROVED BY VNY CAC ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018

 

As there has been a significant increase in noise complaints, I move that the VNY CAC request the City of Los Angeles government agencies and City Attorney take all actions necessary to have the FAA end use of the PPPRY departure point and return to their original departure procedures until such time that an environmental impact report can be conducted, thus diminishing the impact on the foothill communities of Sherman Oaks, Encino and Studio City.  There was no consultation by the FAA with the community of this change and no environmental impact study conducted.

FAA Workshop dissolves into chaos and disbanded by police

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Hank Owings

, Encino (Haskell-405)

FAA Workshop dissolves into chaos and disbanded by police

So, I attended the FAA Airport “Workshop” this evening in Burbank and several hundred homeowners and anti-noise and safety groups buttonholed FAA reps, who had their attorney speak to the gathered public, who demanded a dialogue with the FAA reps rather than the “divide and conquer” workshop method. Rather than engage the homeowners, after five minutes and chants of “shame, shame” by the residents, the attorney disbanded the workshop at about 7:15PM –1:15 hours early and instructed police and security to clear the room. While one officer told me he sympathized (he owns three properties in Burbank including his primary residence), he said they were told to issue trespassing tickets to people that remained after about ten minutes. So, a very negative outcome for homeowners affected by the new Burbank Airport flightpaths (which include neighborhoods as far away as West Adams), and nothing at all about the explosion of flights at all hours and altitudes as low as 250 feet from VNY. More to come. Sadly no media were present and I’m going to try and get this to them. Video of the fracas before it was shut down from this link since it’s too big to attach.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwozspmk42ixh13/IMG_7029.m4v?dl=0

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Subject: Shattering jet noise pollution

 

Monday, November 12, 2018 10:11 AM

 

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November 11, 2018 in my once peaceful backyard high decibel readings of jets roaring thunderous earth shattering noise pollution directly over my home Beverly glen and valley vista area. The kids were screaming this offensive extremely loud noises were physically hurting g their ears. Five children ages 2-9 on Sunday. This is absolutely unacceptable and needs to be reported to the EPA and halted immediately before permanent damage occurs in our children and adults. Highly unusual to permit aircraft flying low over densely populated residential areas with and abundance of schools at least 24 local facilities. Nextgen shoulda like a war zone over the valley funneling all aircraft in a narrow corridor and extremely low altitudes. Stop!!

M/SF-MD

Sherman Oaks

 

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Washington Post l LA Times Dec 31, 2018

WITH A PUSH OF THIS BUTTON, AN AIRPLANE-NOISE COMPLAINT IS FILED

By Lori Aratani

 

A San Diego software engineer repurposed Amazon’s Dash Button, used to order toilet paper and detergent, to give people an easy way to register their annoyance with the jets that fly over their homes. (Katherine Frey / Washington Post)

Barbara Deckert has a new weapon in the war against airplane noise, and she’s not afraid to use it.

Every time a plane flies over her suburban Maryland home, rattling her windows and setting her teeth on edge, she presses a small white button and feels a tiny sense of triumph.

 

That’s because with one click Deckert has done what could have taken her hours to do a few months ago: She has filed a noise complaint with officials at the Maryland Aviation Administration.

 

Thanks to the ingenuity of a software engineer from San Diego, Deckert and hundreds of others with similar beefs now have an easy way to register their annoyance with the jets that fly over their homes: the Airnoise button.

“It’s a fabulous tool,” Deckert said. “Clicking that button is really psychologically satisfying.”

 

Officials at airports from Seattle to Baltimore said Airnoise had led to a dramatic surge in complaints. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, officials are almost certain Airnoise is the reason complaints surged to 17,228 in August from just 2,692 the previous month. In San Diego, more than 90% of the complaints came through third-party apps such as Airnoise.

Airnoise is the brainchild of San Diego resident Chris McCann, who repurposed the same plastic Dash Button that Amazon customers use to order toilet paper and detergent. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post.)

 

One click of the red-and-white button, and McCann’s software program sends a detailed complaint directly to the agency in charge.

“Airport authorities don’t make it easy to file noise complaints, but we do,” McCann’s site boasts. “With the click of a button, instantly locate loud, bothersome flights, automatically file a complaint and get back to things that matter to you.”

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Barbara Deckert points out data from the Airnoise device she uses to file airplane noise complaints. (Katherine Frey / Washington Post)

McCann launched Airnoise in 2017 to help fellow residents in their fight about noise from flights at San Diego International Airport, near his home in the La Jolla neighborhood. Word quickly spread. Soon other communities’ residents, who are engaged in similar skirmishes, wanted the buttons.

 

So far, he has sent out more than 700 of the clickers. As of mid-December, users had filed nearly 1.1 million noise complaints at 29 U.S. airports.

 

“People want to do something about the problem, but they have lives to live, kids to raise, and they don’t want to spend an hour or two filing noise complaints,” said McCann, who is also a former Air Force test pilot. Airnoise is a “low-impact way for people to do and say something about the issue.”

 

Scott Stevson, who works with the Quiet Skies Coalition near Seattle, said the two dozen buttons the group recently ordered were quickly snapped up.

 

Mark Anderson, who lives in Park Ridge, Ill., keeps his on his nightstand — all the better to report those late-night flights into O’Hare International Airport. Since he and his wife, Mary, got their buttons four months ago, they’ve filed roughly 5,000 complaints.

“It’s almost too easy,” he said. “But these are real complaints.”

 

Robyn Winder of Hanover, Md., got her button in August — and life hasn’t been the same since.

“Oh, the joy, the sheer pleasure of pushing that button and seeing the complaints mount up,” she wrote in response to a reporter’s query. “We are over 115,000 complaints for BWI, more than 35,000 in just the past 30 days! So now when MAA wants to know ‘which flight bothered you,’ I have a real answer! ALL OF THEM.”

 

Even before the arrival of Airnoise, airports had been dealing with a surge in complaints linked to the Federal Aviation Administration’s effort to modernize the air traffic system, known as NextGen.

 

The multibillion-dollar program is changing the way air traffic is managed, moving it from radar to satellite navigation. Proponents say it makes the air traffic system more efficient because it enables planes to fly more direct routes to their destinations.

But the shift has angered people who live in neighborhoods that are below the new flight paths. Residents in northwest Washington sued the FAA over the changes but lost in court. A suit filed by the state of Maryland is pending.

McCann was one of those affected. He lived in La Jolla for more than a decade and, aside from the occasional stray plane, had not had problems with noise. But that began to change in fall 2016.

 

As he got more involved in the issue, he realized it wasn’t easy to file a complaint with the local airport authority. Those who were able to figure out how to do so often couldn’t provide the kind of detailed information useful to officials.

He remembered reading a story about a guy who’d rigged a Dash Button to help him easily donate $5 to the American Civil Liberties Union every time he got angry at President Trump. He figured he could do something similar.

When users press the button, Airnoise uses publicly available data sources to determine which aircraft is closest to a person’s home. It gathers information about the flight and sends it to the local airport authority.

 

Users sign up via the Airnoise website. With a free account, they can file up to 15 complaints a month; for $5 a month, they can file unlimited complaints. The button costs $24. McCann, who has a full-time day job, says he charges just enough to cover his costs.

The button may make its users feel good, but whether it will be effective in the battle against airplane noise is unclear. Airport officials often try to downplay complaints, noting that they are the work of just a few people. Maryland airport officials, for example, were quick to note that 80% of the complaints filed in 2018 came from fewer than 100 users of the Airnoise app. McCann said he tangled with a few airports that early on tried to block reports generated by Airnoise.

Still, some airport officials say more information is always helpful.

 

“The bottom line for us is if you are an individual expressing a complaint about airport noise, we don’t care about how we’re getting the information,” said Mike Jeck, manager of the noise office for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Deckert says she firmly believes complaining makes a difference, so she tries to do her part each day. When her Airnoise button arrived in August, she hooked it onto a red, white and blue lanyard so she’d have it with her all the time — in the morning when she’s making breakfast, in the afternoon while she’s puttering around the house and in the evening when she’s watching her favorite mystery shows on PBS. The button has clearly gotten a lot of use: The plastic coating is partially peeled off. A few weeks ago, the battery gave out. So for now, she’s using her iPad to file complaints.

 

“People can try to discredit me, but I don’t worry about that,” she said. She paused and remembered the day she filed her first complaint with the Airnoise button.

 

“It felt so good,” she said. “It’s highly, highly therapeutic. It makes you feel like you can make a difference.”

https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-airplane-noise-20181231-story.html

 

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Los Angeles Daily News – December 30, 2018

 

THIS VAN NUYS AIRPORT FIRM IS STILL REACHING FOR THE SKY, EVEN AT 50

 

At 50, Clay Lacy Aviation has survived industry consolidation to build up a private flight business at Van Nuys Airport, catering to VIPs.

 

Clay Lacy with Brian Kirkdoffer President and CEO. For several decades, private jet operator Clay Lacy has catered to many celebrities and former presidents from around the globe, the company based at the Van Nuys Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary in Van Nuys,

 

CA on December 13, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

 

By Olga Grigoryants | ogrigoryants@scng.com | Los Angeles Daily News

PUBLISHED: December 30, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: December 30, 2018 at 7:01 am

 

A San Fernando Valley aviator who helped pioneer corporate jet flight around the world celebrates a 50th anniversary this year.

Сlay Lacy was the first to launch charter flights out of Van Nuys Airport, catering to executives and Hollywood celebrities, including singer Frank Sinatra and actor Danny Kaye.

For several decades, private jet operator Clay Lacy has catered to many celebrities and former presidents from around the globe, the company based at the Van Nuys Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary in Van Nuys, CA on December 13, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

Since its launch in 1968, Clay Lacy Aviation has built up a fleet of more than 100 aircraft, offering multiple services, including aircraft management, charter, sales, acquisitions, maintenance and other services.

 

RELATED STORY: Van Nuys Airport’s Clay Lacy Aviation breaks ground on major expansion

 

“Our business has matured, so there is more consolidation and there are fewer stronger companies and smaller companies,” said Clay Lacy Aviation President and Chief Executive Brian Kirkdoffer. “Consolidation of businesses brought us more business. We are fortunate to be one of those bigger and stronger companies.”

 

Since last year, their sales have grown 25 percent, a spurt the company attributes to a stronger economy, recent corporate tax cuts and emerging clientele from Silicon Beach, the Southern California westside coastal tech hub where start-up companies have found a base.

Lacy has been flying planes out of Van Nuys Airport since 1952.

In 1964, the legendary aviator flew the first Learjet coast to coast and back in a day. About four years later, he founded his jet charter company at the Van Nuys Airport, serving executives and Hollywood celebrities.

Kirkdoffer met Lacy when he was 14 years old and quickly began taking flight lessons from the legendary aviator.

Growing up in an aviation family, Kirkdoffer learned how to fly before he could drive a car.

Kirkdoffer graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in business administration. Ironically, his first job offer came from Lacy, who offered him to join his company as a co-pilot.

 

Clay Lacy with Brian Kirkdoffer President and CEO. For several decades, private jet operator Clay Lacy has catered to many celebrities and former presidents from around the globe, the company based at the Van Nuys Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary in Van Nuys, CA on December 13, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

“I started and have done every job since then,” he said.

In 2012, Kirkdoffer became the company’s majority owner.

Under his leadership, the company expanded on the East Coast. Today, it boasts a fleet of more than 100 corporate jets in 24 cities valued at over $1.5 billion.

 

Since Kirkdoffer took over the businesses in 1990, the company boosted the number of employees from 20 to 500 who work at 24 different airports across the country. In Southern California, that includes Burbank, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Palms Springs and Santa Monica Airport.

 

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 Fed Up With Helicopter Noise?
Helicopters are always buzzing around Encino, Sherman Oaks and Tarzana

TO REPORT VNY AIRCRAFT NOISE:

To report helicopter noise over Los Angeles County
http:http://heli-noise-la.com/

To report Van Nuys Airport (VNY) helicopter and aircraft noise
http: http://webtrak.bksv.com/vny/

Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC) web page
http://lahelicopternoise.org//

Contact the following Valley Councilmembers and report Van Nuys Airport  noise problems:

Councilmember Paul Koretz CD 5, 818-971-3088
Councilmember Paul Krekorian CD 2, 213-485-3391
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield CD 3, 818-756-8848
Councilmember Mitch Englander CD 12, 818-886-5210
Councilmember Monica Rodriguez CD 7, 213-473-7007
Councilmember David Ryu CD 4, 818-728-9924
Councilmember Nury Martinez CD 6, (818) 778-4999

Email your comments to:

Councilmember Nury Martinez CD 6 councilmember.martinez@lacity.org
Councilmember Paul Krekorian councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org
Councilmember Monica Rodriguez councilmember.Rodriguez@lacity.org
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield  councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org
Councilman Mitchell Englander councilmember.englander@lacity.org
Councilmember David Ryu david.ryu@lacity.org
Councilman Paul Koretz paul.koretz@lacity.org

Also cc:

Van Nuys Airport Interim Manager, Flora Margheritis, C.M.
Mayor Garcetti mayor@lacity.org

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