Stage 2 Aircraft To Be Phased Out at Van Nuys
The Los Angeles City Council voted on February 26 to ban Stage 2 aircraft from operating at Van Nuys (Calif.), phasing out these noisier jets over the next six years. The ban immediately affects aircraft generating more than 85 decibels and lowers the decibel limit in stages in 2011 and 2014. In 2016, any aircraft noisier than 77 decibels will be banned from using Van Nuys. In an earlier filing, NBAA wrote that the ban would be “unreasonable and highly discriminatory. It would violate federal law and the assurances made to the federal government as consideration for the substantial grant money going to the airport.” According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the city of Los Angeles, which owns and operates Van Nuys Airport, doesn’t believe that FAA Part 161 regulations apply in this case. The Los Angeles World Airports board of airport commissioners approved a resolution that proposed a seven-year Stage 2 phaseout in 1990. Because this occurred before the Airport Noise and Capacity Act was passed, NATA said the airport authority claims it does not have to go through the lengthy Part 161 process to enact a noise curfew.