At­tor­ney seek­ing halt to Bur­bank flight path shift

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — Los An­ge­les City At­tor­ney Mike Feuer sent a let­ter to the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Fri­day de­mand­ing that planes de­part­ing Hol­ly­wood Bur­bank Air­port re­turn to a more northerly flight path, say­ing a re­cent shift to the south was never ap­proved and takes air­craft out of pre­vi­ously adopted routes.

Feuer called on the FAA to is­sue a “Tower Or­der” within 30 days di­rect­ing air traf­fic con­trollers to “di­rect de­part­ing air­craft to fol­low the flight tracks that were mod­eled in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Assess­ment for the 2017 De­par­ture Pro­ce­dures, and thus cor­rect the er­ro­neous ‘south­ern shift’ of the Run­way 15 de­par­ture tracks.”

Res­i­dents of Sher­man Oaks and Stu­dio City have ve­he­mently com­plained in re­cent months about the shift­ing flight pat­tern, say­ing de­part­ing planes are fly­ing closer to their homes and at lower al­ti­tudes, cre­at­ing more noise.

In his let­ter, Feuer said the south­ward shift of de­part­ing flights never went through an en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment or pub­lic re­view process, and it vi­o­lates the route that was es­tab­lished in a 2017 Record of De­ci­sion reached as part of the re­view of the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Metro­plex flight-path project.

He also said re­turn­ing the flights to the pre­vi­ously agreed-upon de­par­ture path can be done im­me­di­ately with­out an­other lengthy en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment.

“The city’s re­quested ac­tions are a fea­si­ble and di­rect mea­sure to en­sure FAA com­plies with the flight tracks that were pre­sented to the pub­lic and an­a­lyzed and re­lied on by FAA in is­su­ing the ROD,” Feuer wrote. “Since the southerly shift was im­ple­mented in­for­mally with­out for­mal rule­mak­ing, the elim­i­na­tion of this er­ro­neous change can sim­i­larly be im­ple­mented ad­min­is­tra­tively through a Tower Or­der ... or sim­i­lar in­ter­nal agency di­rec­tive.”

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