Burbank, California is trying to put in a curfew from 10:00 PM to 07:00 AM to prevent any airplane from using the airport during those hours. Here is a letter I received from AOPA soliciting feedback from pilots using Burbank’s online comment form. I encourage any and all to access the comment form and put in a word about your opposition to closure of a part of our national transportation infrastructure, etc. The curfew, if implemented, would set a precedent that could affect all of us adversely, nationwide.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is preparing an application to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval of noise restrictions FAR Part 161 Process - Notice and Approval of Airport Noise and Access Restrictions. The current draft of the proposal includes a curfew on ALL aircraft operations between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. Part 161 noise restrictions are designed to only apply to Stage 2 and 3 aircraft, which are mostly jet aircraft. A total curfew of this kind would be a first under the Part 161 process. AOPA is concerned that if this curfew is accepted by the FAA, it could set a precedent limiting General Aviation at other airports through the country. Before this application has chance to get to the FAA, public comment is being invited on the cost - benefit of such a curfew at: http://www.burbankpart161.org/comment.shtml. Members are encouraged to log-on and comment on this proposal that could keep you out of Burbank.