Burbank Night Curfew One Historical Step Closer

 - February 5, 2009, 11:13 AM

Yesterday the Burbank-Glendale Airport Authority delivered to the FAA the first-ever application for airport access restrictions that would apply to Stage 3 aircraft. “No other airport has completed a Part 161 noise restriction study,” said airport spokesman Victor Gill. The authority spent eight years and $6.5 million on the application, including submitting a preliminary workup in 2003 to solicit intermediate guidance from the FAA, Gill said. “That did help us to reframe what we were going to try to study and what criteria might be considered.” The authority also submitted a draft of the application for public comment last year. What the airport authority wants is FAA approval to impose a 10 p.m. to 6:59 a.m. full curfew at Bob Hope Airport. The application notes that the “full curfew would have a positive benefit-cost ratio and that noise and/or air pollution impacts associated with flight operations that might move to other airports due to the curfew do not rise to a level of significance under federal guidelines.”