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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.

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.

Click/tap here to view LAX's Noise Management Monthly Report, which summarizes all LAX noise comments.

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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.

Recent News

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the President signed into law: H.R. 302, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018,” which reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration and related revenue authorities through September 30, 2023; modifies the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster assistance authorities; provides $1.68 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Fund for long-term disaster recovery; further integrates unmanned aircraft systems into the Nation’s airspace systems; and establishes a United States International Development Finance Corporation. The new law includes several provisions sought by the City.

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.

On November 30, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the City’s Petition for relief from the impacts of the FAA Southern California Metroplex Airspace Redesign (“Metroplex Project”). The City argued there was an absence of required environmental review in the FAA’s Environmental Assessment (“EA”) for the Metroplex Project. The Court found that the FAA’s analysis of noise and air quality impacts was defensible and reasonable. View the judgment and memorandum.

The City Council of Culver City still strongly believes that the Metroplex Project has ongoing negative effects on the quality of life in the City. Therefore, the City will continue to coordinate with neighboring cities, as well as state and federal elected officials, to find regional solutions to these issues.

Check back periodically or subscribe to email notifications for future updates.

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. Sign up for Aircraft Noise Notifications from LAX - Stay informed of aircraft flight activity and other aircraft noise-related information.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

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


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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