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Noise Reducing ‘S-Curve’ Takeoff Sought for John Wayne Airport

The takeoff would reduce airplane noise for Newport Beach residents, but FAA officials have to review the plans first.

An American Airline plane at John Wayne Airport. (Photo courtesy John Wayne Airport)
An American Airline plane at John Wayne Airport. (Photo courtesy John Wayne Airport)
Could even tighter restrictions be placed on how pilots take off at John Wayne Airport?

The Los Angeles Times reports yes, with an atta-boy from Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry.

“We'll do anything we can to reduce the impact” on Newport Beach neighborhoods, Curry told the paper.

The S-curve route being considered for takeoffs would keep pilots over the waters of Upper Newport Bay, and away from the east and west parts of the bay, where pricey homes line the shores.

The plan must be approved by the FAA before going forward and the agency will evaluate a similar route to be used in Atlanta as a measure of its success.

Once that takes place, then changes at John Wayne could happen by mid- or late 2014, according to the report.
Mark Adams August 04, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I live in Eastbluff under the flight pattern The FAA is not currently enforcing the existing flight path. What makes us think a new one will improve the experience?
LGM August 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM
How do you know they are not enforcing the flight path from your perspective...the ground?
ace August 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM
the answer to the Noise and polution... MOVE
John D August 05, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I don't care what kind of flight path they choose, there will still be significant noise. There's not too much that can be done about it.
Mark Adams August 05, 2013 at 09:52 PM
That's not correct. From the ground? Of course, moron! Think I'm flying around up there checking? You can tell the noise difference of the planes following the correct flight path and those that don't. It's quite obvious by volume and pitch. And with three friends who are retired pilots I've been informed as to what they're doing incorrectly. So, my initial statement remains the same. If the current restrictions aren't being enforced why would we believe the new one would be?
Jane Terry August 06, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Mark, can you measure the sound and report the violations?
LGM February 05, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Just move Mark..sounds like you're getting to old and the noise is becoming a bother.
Ben Bookbinder February 09, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Isn't it true that the noise was already significantly lowered because of the altitude aircraft reach before entering the noise abatement zone, which is due to the steeper angle of attack during takeoff? How much is asking too much? How much push and shove can be considered reasonable, if any? I mean, you're already sorta playing with fire - 5,701 ft runway [421 feet longer than a mile] and SoCal weather combined with how far you can reasonably push an aircraft's capabilities while both remaining safe AND meeting any reduction, doesn't seem like there is a lot of wiggle room here.

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