Part 161 Update

The Part 161 Study arose after Congress passed the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) of 1990, which prevented airports from passing new noise rules, such as curfews. If an airport has reason to believe a new noise rule is justified, despite ANCA, Part 161 provides a study methodology to examine the reasons why, and to provide a means to persuade the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that an exception is warranted. No new rule can be adopted unless the Part 161Study is successfully completed and the rule is accepted by the FAA.

The Part 161 Study was necessary for the Authority to be able to apply for a mandatory nighttime curfew that would be enforceable under federal law, superseding the current voluntary airline curfew now in place. The Airport began a Part 161 Study in 2000, in pursuit of a mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. The study and an application for a curfew were completed in 2009, at a cost of over $7 million, and submitted to the FAA. It was the first Part 161 Study ever accepted as “complete” by the FAA, a landmark accomplishment that attests to the difficulty involved in the endeavor.

The Authority submitted the Study and Application to the FAA on February 2, 2009, and the FAA sent its initial response on March 6, 2009, in which it sought supplemental information within 30 days before proceeding with its evaluation.

Final documentation was submitted to the FAA on May 5, 2009, entitled “Revised Documentation in Support of a NEPA Categorical Exclusion Determination for a Proposed Curfew at Bob Hope Airport.”

On May 29, 2009, the FAA notified the Authority that the Study and Application were deemed complete, and that the FAA would either approve or disapprove the proposed curfew no later than November 1, 2009.

On June 22, 2009, a Notice of Proposed Access Restriction and Opportunity for Public Comment was published in the Federal Register by the FAA. The comment closed July 22, 2009.

In November 2009, the FAA issued its finding that the Part 161 Study did not justify the imposition of the mandatory curfew. However, the Airport Authority continues to seek new avenues that can lead to meaningful relief from nighttime aircraft noise and is currently engaging the airlines, the FAA, the City of Burbank, and the local community in dialogue on that subject.

The Airport Authority’s Part 161 Study is contained in its entirety below. Because of the large file size, the report is listed by individual section, with some PDFs requiring extra time to load.

Part 161 Application for a Proposed Curfew

The rest of this page contains links to the sections of the application, to stakeholder comments, to comments from government and elected officials, to comments from the Airport tenants, to comments from trade groups, to comments from chambers and civic organizations, and to comments from homeowner associations.

Part 161 Application

TitleFormat/Download
161 Application: Chp 1PDF
161 Application: Chp 2-3PDF
161 Application: Chp 4-5PDF
161 Application: Chp 6-10PDF
Appendix APDF
Appendix B 1-40PDF
Appendix B 41-44PDF
Appendix B 45-74PDF
Appendix C - EPDF
Appendix FPDF
Appendix G - IPDF
Technical Report 1PDF
Technical Report 2PDF
Document in SupportPDF

 

Stakeholder Comments

The public comment period for the Part 161 Study closed June 13, 20118. Comments received from focused stakeholders are listed below, accompanied by a preliminary tally of comments received by the general public.

Preliminary Tally of Comments from the General Public

Government/Elected Officials Comments

DateTitleFormat/Download
2008 - 06 - 13City of Burbank - commentPDF
2008 - 04 - 14City of Burbank -ResolutionPDF
2008 - 06 - 13City of El Segundo CommentsPDF
2008 - 04 - 24City of Glendale ResolutionPDF
2008 - 06 - 06City of L.A. Mayor VillaraigosaPDF
2008 - 05 - 05City of Pasadena ResolutionPDF
2008 - 06 - 05Congressmen Schiff & BermanPDF
2008 - 06 - 13County of Los Angeles - AntonovichPDF
2008 - 06 - 12FAA CommentsPDF
2008 - 04 - 30FAA Request for ExtentionPDF
2008 - 05 - 29LAWA - LindsayPDF
2008 - 05 - 19LAWA - Rothenberg PDF

Bob Hope Airport Tenants Comments

DateTitleFormat/Download
2008 - 06 - 12Federal Express PDF
2008 - 06 - 12Million AirPDF
2008 - 06 - 08AvjetPDF

Trade Group Comments

DateTitleFormat/Download
2008 - 06 - 13Airports Council Int'l PDF
2008 - 06 - 13Nat'l Business Aviation Association - commentsPDF
2008 - 06 - 12Air Transport AssociationPDF
2008 - 06 - 11Cargo Airline AssociationPDF
2008 - 06 - 10Aircraft Owners & Pilots AssociationPDF
2008 - 06 - 09California Pilots AssociationPDF
2008 - 05 - 14Regional Air Cargo Carriers AssociationPDF
2008 - 04 - 16Nat'l Business Aviation Association RequestsPDF

Chambers and Civic Organizations Comments

DateTitleFormat/Download
2008 - 06 - 13LAX Intl Advisory CommittePDF
2008 - 06 - 11LAX Community Noise RoundtablePDF
2008 - 06 - 10Valley VOTE PDF
2008 - 06 - 04VICA PDF
2008 - 05 - 14Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory CouncilPDF

Homeowner Assoications Comments

DateTitleFormat/Download
2008 - 07 - 30Encino Property Owners AssociationPDF
2008 - 07 - 30Homeowners of Encino LetterPDF
2008 - 06 - 12Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council PDF
2008 - 05 - 23Neighborhood Council Valley VillagePDF
2008 - 05 - 12Sherman Oaks Homeowners AssociationPDF
2008 - 05 - 12Homeowners of EncinoPDF