History of LAX Overflight issue

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Timeline of LAX Overflight issue and the City's involvement

Please visit the City's LAX Aircraft Overflights page for resources, Frequently Asked Questions, and information on how to report overflight/noise issues.


  • 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. 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. View the judgment and memorandum.
  • October 18, 2018 - The City's outside legal counsel presented the City's Oral Arguments 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • September 24, 2018 - Van Scoyoc Associates presents an update to the City Council regarding the City's federal legislative advocacy efforts related to the noise and environmental issues surrounding the Southern California Metroplex Project.
  • September 19, 2018 - The U.S. Senate sends letter to Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson regarding Aircraft Noise - Senate FAA Legislation.
  • August 13, 2018 - Culver City sends letters regarding The Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2018 to Senators Feinstein and Harris.
  • June 29, 2018 - Culver City's Reply Brief gets filed in FAA litigation.
  • May 17, 2018 - Culver City sends letters regarding Airplane Noise to Senators Feinstein and Harris.
  • May 3, 2018 - Culver City sends letter to New York representative Grace Meng supporting noise amendments to House FAA bill.
  • March 26, 2018 - The City Council presented a certificate of recognition to June Lehrman for her service on the LAX Community Noise Roundtable.
  • March 16, 2018 to May 15, 2018 - Briefs filed in City's Lawsuit with FAA:




[Click/tap here to view an extended timeline of Culver City's Activities on LAX Overflights from November 10, 2014 to August 22, 2016.]