Welcome to Culver City’s LAX Overflights/Noise information page.
On this page, the City will post the latest information, public notices, documents, related links and other information related to noise from LAX aircraft overflights.
Sign Up For Aircraft Noise Notifications from LAX
The LAX Noise Management webpage offers a new feature allowing individuals in the community to sign up to receive email notifications regarding aircraft flight activity and other aircraft noise-related information. This is part of their effort to keep LAX neighbors informed and to promote public awareness and understanding of aircraft noise issues.
LAX Runway Closure Updates
Due to the dynamic nature of runway closure activities, LAWA is distributing information regularly to provide the public with up-to-date runway closure schedules at LAX. This information is intended to help promote public awareness and understanding of aircraft noise issues that may temporarily affect residential areas. Information about LAX's runway closures and flightpath changes are available on LAWA's website.
Los Angeles World Airports Noise Portal for LAX
Los Angeles World Airports' interactive Noise Portal is a neighborhood-focused web application designed to help you easily explore, learn, and gain insight into aircraft flight activities that may affect you and others in your community.
Subscribe to email updates
The City of Culver City invites residents to come to the next LAX/Community Noise Roundtable. Click/tap here to view the meeting schedule, agendas, past meeting documents and recordings.
- At the January 27, 2020 City Council Meeting, Steve Palmer, Vice President of Van Scoyoc Associates, provided an update regarding the City's Federal legislative advocacy efforts related to the noise and environmental issues surrounding the Southern California Metroplex Project.
- On January 24, 2020, Steve Dixon, FAA Administrator sent a letter to the Quiet Skies to respond to issues raised by the Quiet Skies Caucus regarding the FAA's management of the National Airspace System.
- National League of Cities - Vice Mayor Göran Eriksson serves as Co-Chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Aviation Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. At the November 2019 NLC-City Summit, the Board of Directors passed a Resolution to Reduce the Economic, Noise and Health Impacts of Overflights of Cities from Implementation of NextGen’s Airspace Redesign(PDF, 271KB). The City of Culver City was instrumental in drafting this Resolution and looks forward to working with NLC on advocacy efforts in 2020.
- Aircraft Noise Updates - December 2019(PDF, 3MB) - Includes updates on Culver City Legal Action with the City of Los Angeles against the FAA; Updates from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives; and the LAX Community Noise Roundtable.
- Culver City Granted Permission to Join the City of Los Angeles Lawsuit Challenging FAA Flight Paths
- U.S. Senate Directs FAA to Address Aircraft Noise
- Culver City Acts to Address Aircraft Noise
Frequently Asked Questions
What resources are available to me? And how do I report overflights and other impacts?
The following resources may provide additional assistance:
- New LAX Noise Complaint System - As of August 1, 2016, LAWA Noise Management implemented a new noise comment system, provided by PlaneNoise, Inc., to enhance options for the public to submit noise concerns and provide new tools for LAWA staff to better analyze and understand reported issues.
- LAX Noise Management Website - This site includes noise alerts and links to other resources.
- Sign up for Aircraft Noise Notifications from LAX - Stay informed of aircraft flight activity and other aircraft noise-related information.
- LAX Noise Complaint Line: (424) 64-NOISE - LAX staff makes an effort to answer the line when possible. If no one is available, please leave a detailed message.
- LAX WebTrak Website - The online complaint form may be accessed through the WebTrak Application by clicking on the “complaints” tab located on the top left corner, then the “Complaint Form” button.
- LAX Community Noise Roundtable Website - The LAX Community Noise Roundtable was created in September 2000 and is intended to reduce and mitigate the adverse noise impacts that users of Los Angeles International Airport create on the surrounding communities. Membership in the Roundtable consists of located officials and staff, representatives of congressional offices, members of community groups, the FAA, the airlines and LAWA management.
Have state and federal elected officials been involved?
Yes, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris as well as Congresswoman Karen Bass have supported Culver City in its ongoing efforts to address noise issues relating to the FAA’s NextGen reconfiguration of the airspace in the Southern California Metroplex. For example, the City sent correspondence to Senators Feinstein and Harris(PDF, 5MB), urging them to support numerous provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act related to noise. Senators Feinstein and Harris followed up with a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in support of the noise provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act.
The City also sent letters to Congresswoman Bass in 2015(PDF, 742KB) about LAX Impacts and the FAA Accountability Act. Congresswoman Bass, Representative of the 37th Congressional District of California, has been a strong voice on this ongoing issue that affects the Culver City community as well as other areas of her District.
Why are the flights going over Culver City?
Culver City is in the flight path for landings at LAX, when planes are coming from the North and the West, crossing over certain parts of Santa Monica and other areas of the Westside, flying through Culver City, as the planes head further east before turning around to make their final descent into LAX.
Pictured below is an illustration of flight paths over Culver City:
Actual airline landing at LAX from the North.
Note the aircraft passes over Santa Monica at about 7000 ft. Its altitude declines gradually and smoothly on its continuous descent approach. This standard practice burns less fuel to minimize fuel costs.