By: Barbara Lichman, PhD

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has scheduled six “briefings” with governmental jurisdictions potentially impacted by the planned “Southern California Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (SoCal OAPM)” (“Project”).  The Project is expected to involve changes in aircraft flight paths and/or altitudes in areas surrounding Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport (BUR), Camarillo Airport (CMA), Gillespie Field (SEE), McClellan-Palomar Airport (Carlsbad) (CRQ), Montgomery Field (MYF), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB), Point Magu Naval Air Station (NTD), North Island Naval Air Station (NZY), Ontario International Airport (ONT), Oxnard Airport (OXR), Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM), Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM), Bermuda Dunes (UDD), Miramar Marine Corps Air Station (NKX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).

These meetings are targeted at “key governmental officials/agencies” for the purpose of soliciting their views on the Environmental Assessment being prepared for the Project pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321.  The meetings will not be open to the public, although public meetings will be scheduled as well.

It is important to note the regional scope of the planned airspace changes, and that they may redistribute noise, air quality, and other impacts over affected communities, thus implicating new populations, and simultaneously raising citizen ire in newly impacted communities.  It is therefore doubly important that governmental entities participate at the initiation of the process to ensure protection at its culmination.

The governmental meetings are planned for the following locations and times:

November 18, 2014 – Ventura, CA
E.P. Foster Library – The Elizabeth R. Topping Room
651 East Main St., Ventura, CA 93001
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 19, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA
Pico Union Library- Meeting Room
1030 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 20, 2014 – Burbank, CA
Buena Vista Branch Library – Meeting Room
300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

December 9, 2014 – San Diego, CA
Airport Noise Mitigation/Quieter Home Program Offices
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority – Conference Room
2722 Truxtun Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

December 10, 2014 – Palm Desert, CA
Palm Desert Library – Community Room
73-300 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

December 11, 2014 – Costa Mesa, CA
John Wayne Airport
Eddie Martin Administration Building – Airport Commission Hearing Room
3160 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Questions should be addressed to Ryan Weller at (425)203-4544; or email at; or facsimile at (425)203-4505.