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FAA: Curfew unnecessary

June 07, 2006|By Chris Wiebe

AIRPORT DISTRICT ? Initial Federal Aviation Administration feedback on a study of possible nighttime curfews at Bob Hope Airport showed that aircraft-born noise in neighborhoods near the airport would not justify limiting flight arrivals and departures, said Airport spokesman Victor Gill.But the Burbank-Glendale-

Pasadena Airport Authority said it will continue the study in hopes it will lead to a mandatory 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on inbound and outbound flights at the airport.

"The primary objective that the airport authority has ? for both the purposes of dialogue with the city of Burbank and with the broader public ? is to assume a commitment to try to leave no stone unturned," Gill said. "The justification for continuing this, to the end is that we started it, so we might as well take it all the way while doing the strongest possible job."

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The Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 prevents individual airports from adopting rules that would restrict access to airport runways, like curfew limits, Gill said. But the law provides an appeal process whereby an airport can prove a need to implement a regulation that is specific to an individual airport, he said.

As a part of the appeal process, data on noise effects is collected and submitted to the FAA for review.

"The initial feedback from the FAA in the spring of 2004 found faults with the report that were so pronounced that it was very difficult to envision the approach that was undertaken actually succeeding," Gill said. "But a joint conclusion between the authority and Burbank was the preference to go ahead with the study using the tools at hand."

Airport Authority Commissioner Charlie Lombardo said that continuing the study will enable the Authority to respond to the needs of the community.

"We want to do everything we can to get additional nighttime noise relief for the residents of the city and at the same time accommodate the operations at the airport," Lombardo said.

Moving forward, the airport authority has initiated a $1.8-million contract with Leigh Fisher Associates to continue the push for FAA approval.

"At least we have the benefit of that feedback from the FAA that the consultant can take into consideration while they continue the study," Gill said.

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