Noise Issues

COMMUNITY UPDATE: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold public workshops from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8, at the Pickwick Gardens Conference Center. Community members will have the opportunity to learn about proposed amendments to two existing departure procedures for Hollywood Burbank Airport. Additional information about the FAA workshops is available here and here.

ATTENTION, COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Many residents of Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, and other communities south of Hollywood Burbank Airport have shared with the Airport Authority their concerns about flight tracks and aircraft noise. In response to those concerns, the Airport Authority retained the services of an outside consultant to examine flight track data, analyze whether there have been changes to historic flight patterns, and provide potential causes and contexts for any changes found.

The final report was presented at a public meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank. The full report can be found here.***

Addressing the impact of aircraft noise has been a high priority at Hollywood Burbank Airport since the Airport Authority purchased the Airport from Lockheed in 1978. Since then, Authority policies and acoustical treatment of nearby schools and over 1,800 homes have combined with the improvement of aircraft technology and airline cooperation in keeping nighttime commercial flights to a minimum to allow substantial progress.

The Noise Impact Area as defined by the State of California has shrunk from 403 acres of incompatible land use in 1978 to under 20 acres today, a 95% reduction.

The Authority remains committed to its acoustical treatment program and pursuing additional measures aimed at decreasing nighttime aircraft noise at this Airport and in the entire San Fernando Valley.

Flight Tracking

The Airport now uses WebTrak to provide flight information to the public and to track noise inquiries. A PDF of WebTrak instructions is available to guide you through the process. To report a noise inquiry, please utilize the noise inquiry form on WebTrak or contact the toll-free 24-hour Noise Complaint Hotline at 1.800.441.0409.

Sound Insulation Program

The Airport, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, has implemented a Residential Acoustical Treatment Program (RATP) that insulates qualified residential units in Burbank and Los Angeles.

The RATP is the result of the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Study, originally completed in 1989 and subsequently updated in 2000, 2003, 2012, and 2015, that determined which neighborhoods, that determined which neighborhoods, noise-sensitive public buildings, and local jurisdictional boundaries lie within the noise-impacted area surrounding the Airport. Facilities identified by the study are eligible to receive noise mitigation treatments funded by federal grants and local matching funds supplied by the Airport Authority.

The Authority has implemented two primary mitigation measures approved by the Part 150 Study: insulation of homes within the 65 CNEL impact area (the area where aircraft noise exceeds an average of 65 decibels over a 24-hour period); acquiring aviation easements for homes in the 65 CNEL impact area (easements allowing aircraft to fly over the home without the threat of a future lawsuit by the property owner against the Airport Authority).

Under the insulation program, consultants for the Authority design a specific treatment for each home to ensure that interior noise levels will always remain quiet enough to enjoy the normal use of the home, no matter how much aircraft activity there might be. The acoustical treatment may include door and window replacement, attic insulation, weather stripping, ventilation, and air conditioning. Once designed, the treatment is installed by licensed, bonded contractors selected by the Authority.

This program is free of cost to the property owner, provided he or she grants the Authority an aviation easement.

For more information, read the Program Guidance Letter or contact Airport Staff.

Nighttime Noise Relief

Between the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time, takeoffs and landings of “noisy” aircraft are prohibited. Operations caused by emergencies, use of the Airport as a weather alternative, and air traffic control delays are permitted.

The Federal Aviation Regulations contain specific sections, or “parts,” that describe how noise studies are to be conducted to improve the compatibility between airports and the sensitive land uses that surround them. The Airport has done both a Part 150 Study and a Part 161 Study.

In November 2009, the FAA issued its finding that the Part 161 Study did not justify the imposition of the mandatory curfew. However, the Airport Authority continues to seek new avenues that can lead to meaningful relief from nighttime aircraft noise and is currently engaging the airlines, the FAA, the City of Burbank, and the local community in dialogue on that subject.

In March 2018, the Airport Authority contracted with Landrum & Brown to analyze flight pattern and noise impact data in response to community concerns. In May 2018, Landrum & Brown issued its preliminary findings to the Airport Authority’s Operations and Development Committee. Additional findings will be presented to the community as the study continues.

Staff Contacts

On Aircraft Noise Issues:
Toll-Free 24-Hour Noise Complaint Hotline: 1.800.441.0409

WebTrak Noise Inquiry Form
WebTrak Instructions
Daytime Telephone: 818.840.8840
Armen Avoyan: Ext. 3512

On Home Sound Insulation Program:
Hilda Landaverde: 818.842.1732

On Part 150 Study:
Maggie Martinez: 818.840.8840, Ext. 2226