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LAX Aircraft Overflights: Noise Information and Resources

Airplane at airportWelcome 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.

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On October 17, 2018, Council Member Göran Eriksson and City staff traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with staff from the offices of Senators Feinstein and Harris; the House and Senate Aviation Subcommittees; the National League of Cities; and the City's federal legislative consultant at Van Scoyoc Associates.  Culver City's delegation advanced the City's position on requesting the timely implementation of the noise provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Bill, noise issues from overflights related to the implementation of the NextGen program, and coalition building.

On October 18, 2018, the City's aviation legal counsel presented the City's Oral Argument before the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit as part of the City's lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration. The audio transcript of the proceedings is available online.  

Check back periodically for information updates, including the outcome of the City's lawsuit against the FAA.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. LAX Noise Management Website - This site includes noise alerts and links to other resources.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, 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 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:

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Click/tap the image above to view a realtime map of LAX flights

Timeline

Click on each year below to view a history of the City’s actions and related documents regarding the City’s lawsuit against the FAA as well as other aircraft noise-related issues.

LAX Overflight history 2018 LAX Overflight history 2017 LAX Overflight history 2016 LAX Overflight history 2015


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