Published : Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 6:44 PM
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration will provide residents in areas affected by the operations of Hollywood Burbank Airport, which Pasadena partly administers, with two opportunities for them to clarify concerns about plans by the airport to change aircraft departure procedures.
The Burbank-based airport is managed by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Three Pasadenans are Commissioners on its Board: Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, City Councilmember Steve Madison, and resident Dr. Ross Selvidge.
The FAA has scheduled public workshops on the proposed departure route changes on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8, at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, from 5 p.m. to around 8 p.m.
The aviation agency in August introduced the proposals in response to calls from industry stakeholders to improve the way flights in the region are being managed.
The Burbank-based airport, managed by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, is in close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Monica Municipal Airport and Van Nuys Airport, making the region’s airspace very complex and busy, such that air traffic controllers have to issue pilots instructions very frequently to keep the different traffic flows to and from these airports safely and efficiently separated.
After the proposed changes became public in August, residents and local officials from Studio City and Sherman Oaks in particular expressed their concerns, saying these could increase aircraft noise in their neighborhoods.
In a meeting on October 18 called by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, a consultant confirmed that departing flights from Hollywood Burbank have more frequently been making their turns north over Studio City and Sherman Oaks. Dozens of residents also said overhead aircraft noise would become permanent once the FAA moves forward with the proposed changes.
Last week, the FAA said it will extend the period for public comment on the proposals from the original 15 days up to 30 days, and will hold the public workshops this week so community residents could learn more about proposed amendments to two existing departure procedures for Hollywood Burbank Airport.
The agency added the amendments would fulfill the terms of a Settlement Agreement between them and the Benedict Hills Estates Association and Benedict Hills Homeowners Association, and at the same time continue to provide safe and efficient operations at the airport and the surrounding airspace.
The workshops will be held in an open-house format, where people can arrive any time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to view project display boards and talk to FAA subject matter experts.
People may also comment on the proposed amendments through November 18. The FAA said it will evaluate these comments as part of the environmental review.
Comments can be submitted at the workshops, via U.S. mail, and through the FAA website, www.faa.gov/nextgen/nextgen_near_you/community_involvement/bur.
If sent by mail, comments should be addressed to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Operations Support Group
C/O Burbank Public Comments
2200 S. 216th St
Des Moines, WA 98198
The workshops Wednesday and Thursday will be at the Rose Garden Room at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside in Burbank.
Pasadena joined Burbank and Glendale in 1977 to set up the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority as a separate government agency, under a joint powers agreement, for the sole purpose of owning and operating Hollywood Burbank Airport.
Three representatives from each city, appointed by their respective City Council, compose the nine commissioners on the Authority.