No Recession From ‘Annoying’ Airport Noise For Van Nuys Residents

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Residents in the San Fernando Valley called Tuesday for officials to come up with a plan to cut down air traffic — and the accompanying noise — at the Van Nuys airport.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the economic recession has done little to make things quieter around what was once the busiest general aviation airport in the U.S.

While flights of of small piston aircraft have been cut in half, the number of private jets and helicopters has increased, with 62 helicopters based out of Van Nuys.

Los Angeles World Airports wants the public to help provide operational guidelines for the next five years — which may give local residents a chance to finally have their voices heard.

“There’s a lot of noise from the airplanes, and that is disturbing,” said one woman. “Nighttime, I think, is the most annoying.”

Residents may visit the airport’s website to provide comments and feedback for the creation of a noise exposure map before Nov. 9.

Previous mapping projects have helped the airport agency target where to spend millions of dollars to soundproof more than 1,000 nearby homes.


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