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Aviation Update

August 11, 2017

 

Aviation Update

 

Being Chair of the NB Aviation Committee, and just beginning to get my feet wet in terms of learning and content, I thought in this Blog/Newsletter I would spend some time updating you on the new Meltroplex Project being implemented by the  Federal Aviation Committee (FAA)  So many of my constituents in District 5 are impacted by flight takeoff paths originating from John Wayne Airport; I am frequently asked questions that the information below may help to answer.

 

After completing an environmental assessment, the FAA made three (3) changes to departures at JWA:  PIGGN, for flights east of Las Vegas; FINZZ and HHERO for flights west of Las Vegas.  PIGGN was introduced on March 2, with the FAA carefully monitoring flight paths since.  The FAA has identified a slight shift of traffic to the east and a correction was in order which was made on May 25th.  FINZZ and HHERO were implemented on April 27th.

 

(Note:  I made no attempt to spell out the above referenced acronyms because I don’t know what they stand for!) 

 

Be aware that:

  • This is part of the FAA’s nationwide effort, and the FAA has complete control over the airspace;

  • Both the County and the City are in litigation with the FAA over the Metroplex environmental assessment;

  • The City has found the FAA to be responsive to the City’s concerns and open to dialoguing  with the City;

  • The City believes the departure tracks can be improved to better split the “Narrows” and still pass directly over noise monitor #7;

  • The City works on the departure issue regularly - often daily - and it’s a top priority for both he City and the County;

  • There is no guarantee that the FAA will change the alignments as they ultimately control the airspace;

  • Know that the City is happy to go over your specific concerns and talk with you at any time about what you are hearing and seeing.  

 

Some STATS:

  • Passenger traffic has decreased in June 2017 as compared with June 2016 (600 less passengers);

  • In June the Average Daily Departures were 128.1 vs. 132.3 for June of 2016.

 

Altitude:

Several questions have been asked related to altitude, specifically, “Are actually flying lower during takeoff?”  Altitude analysis for the period of 2007-2016 show very little disparity.  Newer aircraft like the A#@)neo show significant improvement in both altitude and noise.  

 

Noise:

If an aircraft exceeds noise limits at one or more locations, a “Notice of Violation” will be issued to the registered owner of the aircraft.  Notices of Violations remain in effect for three years.  If three violations occur within a three-year period, the aircraft owner, the aircraft operator, and the aircraft are subject to denial of use of the Airport for a period of three years.  

 

And finally, having recently been selected by the City Selection Committee to be a Commissioner on the Airport Land Use Commission, and being chair of the NB Aviation Committee, I intend to immerse myself, and be well-informed on JWA Airport issues for the benefit of my constituents.  

 

As always, I remain “at your service”, and encourage you to contact me with any questions, concerns, and feedback. 

 

Jeff Herdman

Newport Beach City Council

District 5

 

jherdman1@roadrunner.com

949/922-3594

 

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