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As the holiday season approaches, just a reminder to support our local and small businesses as much as possible. A portion of the sales tax you pay comes directly back to our City. We want to keep all of the small and unique businesses that we have within out city, and neighboring cities, alive and well.


Getting Ready for the Heat

Over the hot summer months I received several phone calls from people who tried to enjoy our parks, but due to the lack of shade structures, active use of playground equipment and other park amenities was difficult because of the extreme heat. The Council recently took action to remedy this problem with the approval of shade structures, ground equipment to meet ADA standards and equipment replacement at the following City parks:


Mariners Park 2 Shade Structures


38th Street Park 2 Shade Structures and Equipment Replacement


Irvine Terrace Park 1 Shade Structure


Coastal Peak Park 2 Shade Structures



At the most recent meeting of the Aviation Committee, a working group was formed to take a look at establishing a Fly Quiet Program similar to the program implemented at the San Francisco International Airport. Members of the group include Kay Mortensen, Jeff Cole, Tony Khoury, Jo Carol Hunter, Lauren Kleiman, and Sorrell Wayne. We are told that the airlines want to be good neighbors, so lets put that to the test by encouraging airlines to fly high and fly quiet. By awarding the major air carriers with a well-deserved Fly Quiet designation, those of us on the ground will benefit, and the airlines will be able to use this award as a public relations tool.


A second working group will be formed at the December 11th Aviation Committee Meeting to begin the process of taking a look at Council Policy A-17 dealing with the airport. The meeting on the 11th will be held in the Community Room at City Hall beginning at 4:00 p.m.


And finally, a community effort to encourage airlines to fly high and fly quiet has been launched. Even if you are not affected by the noise and pollution of departing flights from JWA, you are being asked to participate in this letter writing campaign. Below is a list of the airlines flying out of JWA, the name of a contact person, and an address.


The sample letter follows. Please feel free to modify and customize the letter to your liking, or use as is. Your swift response to this request will be much appreciated. Your letters will join the many that are currently being written and mailed. Timing is most important, so please get right on this!


Alaska Airlines

Brad Tilden 

P.O. Box 68900-SEAEC 

Seattle, WA 98168.


American Airlines

Doug Parker

4333 Amon Carter Blvd 

Fort Worth TX 76155


Delta Airlines

Doug Bastian

P.O. Box 20706 

Atlanta, GA 30320.


Frontier Airlines

Barry Biffle

7001 Tower Road, Denver, CO 80249


Southwest Airlines

Gary Kelly

P.O. Box 36647-1CR 

Dallas, TX 75235


United Airlines

Oscar Munoz

P.O. Box 66140 

Chicago, IL 60666-0140




Air Carrier

Mailing Address

City, State ZIP




I am a resident of Newport Beach, California, and I live near the departure corridors from John Wayne Airport (SNA). As you know, John Wayne Airport has specific noise abatement departure procedures that have helped this major airport coexist with the 85,000 people who live in Newport Beach. This remains a largely successful relationship, and I as a resident am appreciative of the neighborhood protections at JWA.


However, as the FAA’s NextGen program has been implemented and flight paths have narrowed over specific areas in our community, it is more and more important that air carriers such as (Air Carrier name) do all that they can to minimize noise from departures. JWA is likely to grow in the years to come, and all of us who live by it rely upon the air carriers and others to do the right thing. The “right thing” can include using NADP-1 where possible and where safe, even where not absolutely required to meet noise limits. It can include not applying new power past Noise Monitoring Station #7 (otherwise known as the Newport Dunes). It can also include ensuring that fleets at JWA include planes like the Airbus 320neo or the Boeing 737-MAX, as these include the latest noise- and emission-reducing technologies in the industry.   


I would also bring to your attention that the FAA may soon release documentation for a new Required Navigational Performance (RNP) departure out of John Wayne Airport, to be called the “STAYY.” The STAYY would be the second RNP departure in the nation, and makes two turns out of John Wayne Airport. The benefit to the STAYY is that it helps planes avoid as many residential neighborhoods as possible during the first three miles after departure. I would respectfully urge you to consider adding the appropriate RNP departure training to your pilots’ training protocols as soon as practicable, in order to be able to use the STAYY relatively soon.


In closing I would add that I am a customer of yours, and hope that my opinion matters.


Thank you for your respectful consideration of my comments and requests.






As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions, concerns, or feedback. I am at your service!


Jeff Herdman

Newport Beach City Council





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