Sept. 10, 2015
The FAA is extending the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex project by an additional 30 days. The comment period will now run until midnight on Oct. 8, and NBAA urges its affected Members to comment.
The agency also has installed new features on the project website that allow people to look up current and projected flight tracks, as well as current and modeled noise levels, in their local communities using Google Earth. Additionally, the website now includes visual depictions of noise corridors and more information about all of the proposed procedures, including the latitudes and longitudes of all waypoints. This information is available under “supplemental materials” on the project website.
The Southern California Metroplex project is a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California by making the airspace safer and more efficient. The Metroplex proposal encompasses most of Southern California and includes six major airports. Key business aviation airports included in the project include Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Santa Monica Airport (SMO), Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).
“NBAA fully supports the FAA’s efforts, as the project will greatly benefit business aircraft operators in Southern California,” said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “The SoCal Metroplex project has been a multi-year effort, and we look forward to its implementation.”
The FAA released the draft EA for the project on June 10, 2015 for public review and comment and held 11 public workshops in Southern California communities between June 16 and July 1.
Comments can be emailed to: 9-ANM-SoCalOAPM@faa.gov.
Comments can also be submitted via regular mail to: SoCal Metroplex EA
Federal Aviation Administration
Western Service Center – Operations Support Group
1601 Lind Ave. SW
Renton, WA 98057