Offers Concession To NIMBYs Complaining About Noise
The owners of six flight schools operating out of Santa Monica
Airport have offered to voluntarily limit the number of take-offs
and landings during evening and night hours as they come under
increasing pressure from state and local governments.
Residents living close to the airport, some within 300 feet of
the tarmac, have turned up the volume on their complaints to the
point where they have gotten the support of the Los Angeles and
Santa Monica city councils, as well as a state Senator for
mandatory noise restrictions. The owners of the flight schools
jointly signed a letter saying they would not practice
touch-and-goes Monday through Saturday after 2000 PST November to
March. They will also make only one departure and arrival per
aircraft on Sundays after 2000 year round.
The Santa Monica Patch reports that there is already a curfew in
effect at the airport. No takeoffs or engine starts are allowed
weekdays between 2300 and 0700, and not until 0800 on weekends and
holidays. There is also a voluntary night arrival curfew in place
during those same hours, though landings are permitted.
City officials said in a news release that the voluntary
reductions offered by the flight schools would reduce the number of
flying hours by 15 per week during Daylight Savings Time, and 21
hours per week during Standard Time.