Dear Senators Feinstein and Harris,
The FAA Reauthorization Bill (S.1405) must be amended (a) to resolve the inaccurate models and methods that the FAA uses to measure noise impacts; (b) recognize that noise and pollutants have significant negative health effects; and (c) increase the priority that the FAA gives to effects on the ground when changing flight paths.
Departures from Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) directly affect three communities in the City of Los Angeles (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, and Encino) which are severely impacted under the NextGen flight paths that were rolled out by the FAA in early 2017.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Park Area and the communities continually have a barrage of more than 180 aircraft from BUR and 60 aircraft from VNY overhead at all hours of the day and night. The low altitudes of the aircraft combined with the higher elevation of our hillside, and canyon acoustics, cause the noise to be widely amplified and create a rebound effect that lasts for at least 90 seconds. This effects residents, visitors, and wildlife.
The FAA, admittedly has not conducted any Environmental Studies and the highly elevated terrain puts residents, schools, places of worship, hiking trails, and protected parkland closer to the departing aircraft causing the noise and pollution to be excessive.