The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Florida’s Witham Field and is expected either to approve or disapprove the program by next January. Public comments, which are due by September 30, should be submitted to FAA, Orlando Airports District Office, 5950 Hazeltine National Dr., Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32822.
The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners, the agency that oversees several airports in the metropolitan area, announced last month it was suing charter operator Pacific Jet. The suit involves what the board called Pacific Jet’s “repeated noise violations” at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Just a few years ago Eurocopter scored a major coup at an HAI Heli-Expo show, amazing the crowds by introducing a new helicopter as a completely certified aircraft instead of a promise-laden prototype encumbered with the usual waits for first flight, inflated claims of launch customers and delays in FAA approval. Instead, Eurocopter presented its EC 130 as a done deal.
Farnborough’s exhibitors and visitors would no doubt like to see a sustainable future for aviation, and a new group of UK academics is here to help assure that aspiration becomes reality.
Last month, the Santa Monica city council adopted an ordinance that increased the fines for repeat violations of the Santa Monica Airport noise abatement provisions from a maximum of $500 to as much as $10,000. The ordinance was adopted despite a written request from the FAA to defer action.
The European Commission (EC) has issued revised noise proposals that abandon its earlier demands for a blanket ban on hush-kitted aircraft with mtow of more than 75,000 lb using any airports in the 15-state European Union (EU) after this coming April. But the new draft directive, published on November 28, leaves open the possibility of a limited number of individual airports being able to exclude or restrict “marginal Stage 3” aircraft.
The town of Islip, N.Y., said it will not enforce an ordinance adopted in September that would have imposed a “noise surcharge” of $50,000 per flight on all aircraft operations at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Part 150 (airport noise-compatibility planning) study recommendations for Palwaukee Municipal Airport (PWK) in Wheeling, Ill., were recently accepted by the city’s airport commission. The recommendations include a ban on Stage 2 jets with mtow under 75,000 lb between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport (SMO) has developed a “conformance program” for aircraft using the airport. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, airport officials deny the program is a back-door effort to reduce noise, but it would effectively ban half the jet traffic at the field, setting civil and criminal penalties for aircraft operators who violate its terms.
Public comments released last month on an FAR Part 161 noise study at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) support a nighttime curfew (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.) on all aircraft operations except certain emergencies, military flights and those delayed for reasons beyond the control of the operator.