City of LA Suing FAA Over Changes to Flight Patterns Over Mid-City, Central LA
By Robert Kovacik and Shahan Ahmed
Published Jun 24, 2019 at 6:06 PM | Updated at 4:16 AM PDT on Jun 25, 2019
LA City Attorney Mike Feuer says the city is suing the FAA. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 24, 2019.
(Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019)
LA Suing FAA Over Flight Pattern Change for LAX
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Monday that the city of Los Angeles is suing the Federal Aviation Administration
due to changes in flight paths of planes flying into Los Angeles International Airport, specifically affecting the areas of
Mid-City and central Los Angeles.
Feuer told NBCLA that he's received "hundreds" and "thousands" of complaints about the flight paths. The district attorney
said that the goal should be to disperse the flights.
"No community should be particularly unduly burdened by a concentration of these flights," Feuer said.
The city will file the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals, challenging the FAA's recent changes to planes flying into LAX.
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Feuer alleges that the FAA's changes were implemented "without proper environmental review or public input" and says the changes
represent the latest "failure to address noise and other negative impacts from aircraft overflights in those areas" by the
The petition also challenges the FAA's recent decision to limit public comment, the statement said.
Said Feuer in a statement, "The FAA made changes to a major flight path over Los Angeles without ever considering the environmental
consequences of those actions. Then, the agency sought to curtail public comment on the FAA's own flight procedures website,
including compelling members of the public to agree their input on the environmental impacts of proposed flight procedures
won't count, as a condition of commenting on those procedures in the first place.
"Those decisions must not stand. We're fighting to give LA residents the chance to engage on a major issue affecting their
quality of life, and, ideally, to create opportunities to find real solutions to noise and other concerns. And we're fighting
for the American public's right to have their comments on FAA actions actually matter."
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti backed Feuer's decision, "Angelenos should be informed, heard, and presented with options for relief
when flight path changes affect their communities. This did not happen when FAA implemented the new North Downwind Arrival
flight path — and this lawsuit demands that the agency better engage the public and help protect our residents' quality
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson added, "Since May of 2017, we have been working with city, state and federal
officials to mitigate the non-stop disruptions to our constituents created by the FAA's implementation of the NextGen Metroplex
program. It's unfortunate that it has come to a lawsuit, but I will do everything in my power to protect my constituents and
their quality of life."
Three years ago, the FAA changed flight patterns for aircrafts landing at LAX, including consolidating flight patterns over
West Adams and other communities in Mid-City and central LA, causing significant noise and other environmental impacts, according
to the city attorney.
In May 2018, the FAA made further changes to the LAX flight arrival pattern but allegedly failed to perform the required environmental
review or seek public comment, Feuer said.
Feuer is monitoring the FAA's actions with regard to the anticipated Environmental Assessment for Hollywood Burbank Airport,
the arrival procedures for LAX, and in all other respects, the statement said.
The FAA does not comment on pending litigation. But a spokesperson told NBCLA that the agency is sensitive to noise concerns
and said, "In pursuing solutions, it is critical we don't solve one community's noise issue by moving it to another community."