California Pols Seek Night Curfew at BUR, VNY

 - August 5, 2010, 11:30 AM

A recent letter sent by three California congressmen to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is asking for nighttime curfew legislation for Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and Van Nuys Airport to be added to the reauthorization bill. The request by democratic representatives Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff and Howard Berman seeks to “address an oversight in the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) of 1990 that has had a tremendous impact on Southern California.” Last year, Burbank made a formal Part 161 application to the FAA to enact a nighttime curfew at Burbank, but the FAA rejected that move. Now the congressmen want to force the FAA into accepting a nighttime curfew at Burbank and Van Nuys airports, and the only way for this to take place is by federal legislation. The letter asserts that the ANCA shouldn’t apply to Burbank and Van Nuys Airports because they had curfews in place before the act became law. The letter goes on to claim that Van Nuys and Burbank curfews would not be a burden to local airports as traffic could easily use nearby Los Angeles International Airport.