City of LA Harbor Gateway Council Sends Hawthorne City Council Request for Help with Aircraft Noise

From the Harbor Gateway North’s letter to the Hawthorne City Council

On September 11, 2018, our Board voted 9-0-0 to go on record with this letter regarding the increased aircraft noise that many of our stakeholders who live below the flight path of the Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR) are experiencing. Because all Districts of the Harbor Gateway North community are located in the flight path, we are concerned about the safety, noise, and pollution issues caused by the increasing commercial and private air traffic into your airport which is resulting from changes in the permitted flight path and larger size of aircraft using the airport. We have also received complaints about interference with residents’ television signal reception and other electronics in their homes when the aircraft fly over.

Pamela Thornton
Chairperson, harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council

cc: Congressmember Maxine Waters – Congressional District 43
Councilmember Joe Buscaino – Council District 15
Alison Becker, Senior Advisor – Council District 15
Nathan Holmes, Planning Deputy – Council District 15
John Jones III, Field Deputy – Council District 15
Arely Garcia, Constituent Services – Council District 15

We Asked Hawthorne Airport Neighbors: What’s Your Greatest Safety or Noise Concern?

Here are some of the responses (we keep answers anonymous to protect neighbors privacy)…

  1. Surf Air planes are too loud and fly land too low to the ground upon approach to the airport over the Parkside Village community.
  2. Airplanes flying over my house
  3. Jets flying and helicopters over my home at all hours of the day and night and the noise that it makes, they changed the flight path, and how is the airport going to sound proof my home if there are not any changes made ASAP?
  4. 1) Planes are flying low and north of 120th directly over residential area. 2) Planes flying late at night.
  5. Noise
  6. Noise early in the morning and flying too low over the Raymond power lines.
  7. Low flying planes and noise, property value and times planes are permitted to land.
  8. Low flying, flight path over Wiseburn, all hours flights
  9. I am concerned about the airplanes flying directly over our house which is located north of Hollypark. These constant flights are polluting the area with exhaust fumes that are harmful to our health and the frequently blaring close encountered noise is very frightening. I have logged flights coming in occasionally after 10:00 pm and the sounds from the planes are very terrifying; sounding as if the plane is coming directly into your home. On 1/18/18 a plane flew directly over the house at 10:51 PM and the sound was horrendous. We have lived here for 2 years as of April 2018 and were told by the selling agent we would not be directly affected by the planes because the Hawthorne airport is not a busy airport and the planes are coming in over the park. Well, the majority of the times the planes fly directly over our home. I’ve stated several times that I am going to the city to file a complaint but I am happy to see that neighbors and citizens are coming together to address this concerning issue.
  10. Altitude concerns
  11. Noise, low flyers, helicoptors hovering too long overhead.
  12. Noise pollution, flying to low.
  13. Airplanes
  14. noise, safety (small plane crashes have been in the news frequently over the last couple of months) and pollution
  15. I would like to share my concerns about the noise level and privacy. Currently the noise level is loud upon the planes approaching the landing strip and a constance humming. When trying to enjoy time on the outside in the backyard there is no privacy as the planes fly over. Thank you in advance for your consideration into this matter.
  16. Low/Noise flying planes right over my house. I am in the flight path to Hawthorne Airport
  17. Concerned about how low the planes are flying
  18. Night time curfew of flying, flight path permanent as to not go over homes when landing and taking off, debris and jet fuel landing on cars, more traffic in the area were more accidents can occur ( pedestrians safety with crossing and aesthetic of neighborhood near Hawthorne Airport, do not want to decrease values of homes.
  19. planes flying over my home, shaking, noise, window rattling
  20. planes flyinig over my home dayand night, lot of noise, window rattling, loud noise from planes
  21. planes flying over my home, loud noise, rattling, shaking, keep us awake, sounds like plane is landing on top of my home.
  22. noise, possible crashes, air pollution
  23. I am concerned about safety as planes depart the airport as well as the exponential increase in air traffic over my home. The jets are very loud. I can hear the planes through closed doors and windows in my home.
  24. altitude, noise, hours
  25. Level of acceptable noise by aircraft and motorcycles. What noise is considered safe. Private pilots do not follow routes out of HHR
  26. Excessive noise from airplanes flying directly over my home – concerned about airplane carcinogenic pollution impacting my health and the lack of my peaceful enjoyment with airplanes flying over my home after 10 PM. On 3/22/18 a plane flew over my house into the Hawthorne Airport at 10:51 PM and on 3/23/18 at 11:28 PM.

Surf Air Begins Helicopter Service from Orange County to Hawthorne Airport

Just what we didn’t need more helicopter noise on the way. According to the Robb Report…

Surf Air has made its service more appealing to residents of California’s Orange County. The all-you-can-fly membership airline recently added a helicopter shuttle between John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana and Hawthorne Airport near Los Angeles, where you can catch Surf Air flights to destinations throughout California.

The helicopter ride, provided by the aircraft charter service Blade, takes about 10 minutes, flying over the 35 miles of traffic on the 405. Passengers can arrive 15 minutes before the helicopter takes off. The price is $199 per person each way. The flights, which can carry six passengers, run Monday and Thursday mornings and evenings and Friday evenings.

Surf Air, which operates as many as 90 flights a day to a total of 11 California destinations and Las Vegas, was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Santa Monica. Last year, it began operating in Europe, and it expanded into Texas by acquiring Rise, a similar all-you-can-fly membership airline.


Wiseburn Watch Releases Petition Results – Jan 2018

We the people of Los Angeles County unincorporated community of Wiseburn CA 90250 want the Hawthorne Airport to end the practice of commercial and private aircraft flying over our city. This has increased dramatically the last year and a half. This is the area bordered by El Segundo Blvd to the North, Inglewood Ave to the East, Rosecrans Ave to the South and La Cienega Blvd to the west. There is a flight plan in place that diverts some takeoffs to turn south at Hawthorne Blvd and head south. This would be ideal to apply to all flights both VFR and IFR registered flights. We request that the FAA and the Hawthorne Airport select that departure policy as the standard. The increased noise and pollution are unhealthy. An example of this is the 6AM take off by jets. It’s not right to force disproportionate environmental impacts on our community to relieve another.
Again we request the flights over Wiseburn be redirected south paralleling Hawthorne Blvd to the south.

Sign the Wiseburn Airport Noise Petition Here >>

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