LAX Noise Website Launched
October 1, 2020
In response to rising complaints about roaring jet noises over Los Angeles and Culver City, the operator of LAX has announced it launched an interactive website providing access to information about aircraft operations and how they affect air traffic noise in the Southland.
"I have been working for years to compel the FAA to effectively regulate low-flying air traffic over our community," said Culver City Mayor Göran Eriksson. "This website is a major step towards giving us the information we need to continue the fight against low-flying air traffic over Culver City and the noise and disruption these flights cause."
The announcement of the LAX noise website – http://www.noiseportal.lawa.org -- came two weeks after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order that the FAA must fully comply with all applicable federal environmental laws in regard to three flight paths for arriving aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.
Last year, Culver City joined the City of Los Angeles in its lawsuit against the FAA, claiming the newly-implemented flight paths were put in place without separate environmental review of noise levels caused by planes flying over communities under the flight path towards LAX and without public comment. The lawsuit was prompted by growing complaints about jet noises, specifically in the early morning hours, by Los Angeles and Culver City residents for the last four years.
The new noise portals for LAX and Van Nuys airports offer the public an interactive site, driven by data and multimedia content, to understand how different aircraft operations affect noise levels within neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles and surrounding communities, according to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operator of LAX and Van Nuys airports.
"We are committed to being a great neighbor and to providing transparent information about how aircraft noise changes based on aircraft routes, weather conditions, runway maintenance and more," said Samantha Bricker, Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer of LAWA. "These unique online portals provide a new level of insight and education into when and why certain neighborhoods experience aircraft noise."
The sites offer neighborhood-specific details about how changes in aircraft takeoff or landing directions, as well as other procedures implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), can change aircraft noise levels in certain areas. Visitors to the site can enter a specific address, or select a general area, and see diagrams of normal aircraft activity and more information.
Selecting the North and Northeast Communities area on the LAX Noise Portal, which covers neighborhoods from Playa Del Rey to View Park, will provide explanations about "early turns" and where aircraft fly during westerly or over-ocean operations.
The sites also offer "by the numbers" sections, which provide interactive reports including details about the types of aircraft and operations, runway usage during different times of day and more. For more information, you can visit http://www.noiseportal.lawa.org.