Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Huntington Beach’s efforts to protect our quality of life by limiting community noise impacts associated with jets. Once you read our web page, please send further questions or comments to Assistant to the City Manager Antonia Graham at (714) 536-5537.
There has been air traffic over the Huntington Beach community for decades. Huntington Beach is located close to three major airports (LAX, John Wayne, and Long Beach), and that means we have both arrival and departure traffic in the skies above us. However, in the spring of 2017, the level of community complaints began to grow. By late summer 2017, it was clear something significant had occurred that affected our city.
Most of us concluded it was NextGen, which is the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) effort to (according to the FAA) improve safety and efficiency in the skies, as well as to address long-term capacity needs. Reduced fuel consumption and reduced aircraft exhaust emissions can result, too, if glide slopes are designed properly. By clicking on the links, you can read more about NextGen and its local version (the Southern California Metroplex).
Basically, NextGen used technology in the cockpit and on the ground to narrow arrival and departure corridors so that flight corridors were more predictable (and therefore more safe). But it also meant in some of our residential areas that the number of flights, the flight paths, and the noise impacts intensified.
As noted, the Southern California Metroplex is the FAA’s implementation of NextGen in the Southern California region and includes over 20 major airports - John Wayne, LAX, and Long Beach airports among them. The FAA's stated goal with NextGen and the Metroplex is to create more repeatable and predictable flight paths, both vertically and laterally.
Most NextGen/Metroplex arrival procedures for Long Beach Airport began in November 10, 2016, and for JWA in March 2017.
When our residents started noticing more noise under the new, more predictable arrival paths to LGB, the Huntington Beach City Council initiated an Air Traffic Noise Working Group – (ATNWG) – in January of 2018 and set out a series of objectives.
The group was formed by seeking out community volunteers with an interest in the fields of aviation, engineering, government relations, and noise who could bring differing and unique insights to the Group. The Group included Council Members Patrick Brenden and Barbara Delgleize, about a dozen Huntington Beach residents, and other City staff members who all began working on better understanding our options and alternatives regarding the changed flight patterns and increased noise from aircrafts.
As the Air Traffic Noise Working Group began meeting, the first items of business were to:
After several months of investigation, the ATNWG held a Community Workshop in May 2018 and presented their findings to over 200 residents and other concerned individuals. The ATNWG determined that the problem would require a long-term approach including collaboration with the airports, airlines, and the FAA. As a result of that, the ATNWG proposed to City Council in August of 2018 that the City establish a permanent jet noise commission to continue the efforts to remediate the jet noise issues imposed on the City by NextGen.
The City Council voted unanimously to create the Jet Noise Commission on November 19, 2018. The Jet Noise Commission had their first meeting on Monday February 25, 2019 at Central Library located at 7111 Talbert Ave Huntington Beach.
The Jet Noise Commission now meets regularly on the 4th Monday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Central Library. To find JNC agendas and minutes, click here.
The Commission’s goals are these:
To achieve the goals, the Commission has:
For LGB - Noise Complaint Hotline (562) 570-2665 or Email: [email protected]
For JWA – Access and Noise Office (949) 252-5185
Federal Aviation administration (FAA) 24 hour Noise Complaint Hotline (202) 267-3521 or Email: [email protected]
To report low-flying aircraft, or unsafe maneuvers of aircraft in flight, please contact the Long Beach FSDO:
Long Beach Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
5001 Airport Plaza Drive Ste.100
Long Beach CA 90815
Phone: (562) 377-5400
To learn more detail about each airport's noise monitoring systems, particular arrival/departure flights, and making noise complaints as well, you can access Long Beach Airport-related flights at https://webtrak.emsbk.com/lgb3.
For John Wayne Airport the access is https://www.ocair.com/communityrelations/flighttracking/, and for LAX it is https://www.lawa.org/en/lawa-environment/noise-management/lawa-noise-management-lax/lax-internet-flight-tracking-system
Federal Aviation Administration: https://www.faa.gov/