FAA OKS NOISE CURBS IN VAN NUYS; AGENCY BACKS CURFEW EXTENSION, LIMIT ON LOUD AIRCRAFT.
Byline: Rick Orlov Daily News Staff Writer
In a major victory for noise-weary residents, the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control has cleared the way to extend the curfew curfew [O.Fr.,=cover fire], originally a signal, such as the ringing of a bell, to damp the fire, extinguish all lights in the dwelling, and retire for the night. The custom originated as a precaution against fires and was common throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. at Van Nuys Airport Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNY, ICAO: KVNY, FAA LID: VNY) is a public airport located in Van Nuys, California in the San Fernando Valley, within the Los Angeles city limits. and begin restrictions on noisier aircraft.
``Finally, we've got some action from the FAA to help us,'' said Councilman Joel Wachs Joel Wachs served for several terms as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 2nd district. He was first elected by defeating incumbent James B. Potter.
While in office, Wachs chaired the Public Works Committee and vice-chair of the Environmental Quality & Waste Management , who plans to ask the Airports Commission to take immediate action on the two proposals.
The federal agency said in a letter that the city can move to extend its 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew by starting it at 10 p.m. Also, it said the city can implement a policy called the ``non-addition'' rule that allows the city to ban adding any more noisy jets at the facility.
``This is a bright day for the city,'' said Bret Lobner, senior assistant city attorney. ``This is something we've been fighting for a long time.''
The Airports Commission has gone on the record twice previously in favoring extension of the curfew and in having the power to limit the number of noisy planes at the airport.
Gerald Silver of Homeowners of Encino and a critic of the airport operations, said the action will provide some relief but that more is needed - particularly in the regulation of helicopters.
``On the whole it is good, but in some sense, it's too little, too late,'' Silver said. ``The curfew will help some, but we really need something to ban all the noisy jets and deal with the helicopters.''
The ruling from the FAA is a reversal of its decision a year ago to not allow extending the curfew and limiting the jets.
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2. this year by asking the Airports Commission to appeal that earlier decision to give some peace at night to residents living around the facility.
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Driscoll grew up in Virginia. He went to Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va and graduated in 1999. has said adding an hour to the curfew would affect six to eight flights a night and only those in which the engines exceed 74 decibels.
Silver said that is part of his concern.
``We will still have planes under 74 decibels flying out at all hours,'' Silver said. ``We need real relief.''
As for the non-addition rule, it will allow the city to not permit any more jets that fall in the stage 2 category - those planes that create more than 74 decibels of noise - to remain permanently based at the airport.
The only exception would be those aircraft that come in to be modified to become the quieter stage 3 planes.