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DNC brings more airport noise

August 16, 2000

Paul Clinton

AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Burbank Airport officials warned nearby residents

about an expected increase in jet noise this week caused by the

Democratic National Convention.

In a Friday statement, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority

Executive Director Dios Marrero said the airport will see an increases in

the number of private aircraft flying in and out.

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"It shouldn't be as busy as New Year's Day when the Rose Bowl can

attract 50 or so visiting corporate aircraft, but some of our tenants do

expect a noticeable increase," Marrero said. "We just want the public to

know this is a special, one-time event."

The airport also issued requests to aircraft owners to comply with the

10 p.m.-to-7 a.m. flight curfew. Flight dispatch centers were also sent

notices.

The curfew restricts the operations of older Stage 2 jets, which tend

to cause more noise. Most commercial flights don't fall into that

category and can flight at night. The airport has a voluntary curfew on

the newer, quieter Stage 3 planes.

Private operators can be fined for flying during the restricted hours.

Airport spokesman Victor Gill said the airport has levied 19 fines since

June 1999 ranging from $500 to $1,000.

The increases in flights should subside Friday, the day after the

nominating convention ends.

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