All airports generate noise as part of their operations. For more than 30 years, the Bob Hope Airport has focused on addressing the challenge of balancing Airport activities with aviation-related noise.
To better understand the extent of airport noise and to assist airports in their efforts to reduce future noise impacts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the Noise Exposure Map process within Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 150.
Known as Part 150, this voluntary program outlines the process for evaluating and reducing airport noise impacts on communities near airports. To evaluate the existing and projected future noise conditions at Bob Hope Airport, the Authority has recently initiated an update of its Part 150 Noise Exposure Maps.
The Airport has been focusing on ways to minimize aircraft noise impacts from Bob Hope Airport on the surrounding community for more than 30 years. During that time, the Airport has prepared two Part 150 Noise Exposure Map documents, two Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program documents, a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program amendment, and most recently, a Part 161 Study, which sought to establish a mandatory nighttime curfew.
For further information on the Airport's noise-reduction activities, visit the Noise Issue section on this website.
The Airport’s continuing efforts since its original Part 150 application in 1990 to reduce noise associated with the operation of aircraft at the Airport have resulted in significant benefits to the community.
Currently, the Airport’s Noise Impact Area has been reduced to fewer than 19.74 incompatible acres (based upon California noise regulations). This dramatic reduction – roughly 90 percent in 20 years – has been achieved through a combination of factors, including:
Changes in fleet mix by the airlines, resulting in quieter jets;
- A reduced number of flights by the airlines;
- A voluntary curfew between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., adhered to by the passenger aircraft operators at Bob Hope Airport for the past 20 years;
- The Residential Acoustic Treatment Program; and
- The Airport’s aggressive implementation of the measures in its Noise Impact Area Reduction Plan.
These important changes cost money. In the past 20 years more than $105 million has been spent acoustically treating four schools, more than 2,000 homes, and pursuing a curfew.
If the Airport did not update its Noise Exposure Map, it would be at potential risk of losing future federal funding for its highly successful Residential Acoustic Treatment Program.
Preparing an updated Noise Exposure Map also provides valuable information to the Airport, the FAA, and the City of Burbank as they consider planning for the future of the Airport.
Public participation in this process is encouraged. The Authority will be providing several opportunities for interested residents to express their views on the Study and the aircraft noise conditions at the Airport.
Residents are encouraged to offer comments and learn about the Study directly by attending public information workshops that are being held for this purpose. You may also download study materials posted on the Airport’s website.
Documentation of the Noise Exposure Map will be presented to the Airport Authority for its consideration and adoption and will then be forwarded to the FAA for acceptance.
For general questions about the Study, please contact:
Director, Noise & Environmental Programs
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority
2627 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
An important part of the Airport’s Part 150 noise study program is to provide two-way communication between the Airport and the community it serves.
It is the responsibility of the Airport to communicate what the study is, why it is being conducted, and how the results will be utilized. At the same time, the Airport wants to hear questions and comments regarding the study, so it can respond to them.
To that end, the public is invited to attend a free community workshop on the Part 150 noise study at the Bob Hope Airport, on Thursday, March 22, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. This will be the first of two public workshops on the Part 150 Study.
The noise study, referred to as a “Part 150” study after the section of the federal code under which it is authorized, will analyze the aircraft-generated noise situation at Bob Hope Airport for 2012 and the forecast conditions for 2017.
One of the primary reasons for conducting the six-month study is to continue to obtain federal funding which, along with the Airport’s funding, underwrites the costs for its ongoing Residential Acoustical Treatment Program, which so far has insulated more than Airport-adjacent 2,000 residences and four local schools.
“The workshop is designed to allow members of the community to express their opinions and concerns, provide input, and learn more about the process of noise compatibility planning surrounding the Bob Hope Airport,” said Mark Hardyment, Director of Noise and Environmental Programs for the Airport.
The March 22 workshop will be conducted in an open house format and will include a variety of displays that explain and summarize the federal Part 150 process, the project schedule, inventory of existing conditions, aviation forecasts, and technical details related to the development of the Noise Exposure Map documentation.
Airport executives and their consultants will be on hand to explain any technical details and respond to questions.
Comment forms will be available at the workshop, which will be held at the Bob Hope Airport Terminal Skyroom, at 2627 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank. Parking is available in the Short-Term Parking structure across from the front of the terminal building, and will be validated.
Funding for the noise study is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Airport Authority.
Project materials are available on the Bob Hope Airport website. For further information or assistance, call the Airport at (818) 840-8840.