Los Angeles International

IATA/ICAO CODE: LAX/KLAX
CITY: Los Angeles
STATE: CA
COUNTRY: USA

AIRPORT CONTACT

Information updated by Los Angeles World Airports 2/2011

Name: Kathryn R. Pantoja
Title: Environmental Supervisor
Airport: Los Angeles International Airport
Address:




Los Angeles World Airports
Noise Management Division
1 World Way
P.O. Box 92216
Los Angeles, CA 90009-2216
Phone: +1 424 646-6501
Fax: +1 310 646-6939
Email: kpantoja@lawa.org
Airport Web Site: www.lawa.org/lax/

ELEVATION: 126 ft.
RUNWAY INFORMATION
Orientation
Length (ft)
Displaced
Threshold (ft)
Glide Slope(deg)
Width (ft)
6R/24L
10285
-
-
150
6L/24R
8925
-
-
150
7R/25L
11095
-
-
200
7L/25R
12091
-
-
150
Check FAA Airport Diagrams for current information.

NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES
Over-Ocean Operations:

This procedure provides some relief from arriving aircraft noise
to those close-in communities to the east of the Airport between the
hours of 0000 and 0630. During this period, aircraft approach the
Airport from over the ocean toward the east and depart over the ocean
toward the west, unless the ATC determines that the weather conditions
are unsafe for such operations.

Early Turn Restrictions:

Pilots of all aircraft departing toward the west shall maintain runway
heading until past the shoreline before commencing any turns unless
specifically instructed otherwise by the ATC.

For departures from the north runways (24 R/L) LAWA defines the shoreline as the 158 Radial of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) VOR. When instructed to turn at the shoreline, please turn when you intercept the SMO VOR R-158.
For departures from the south runways (25 R/L) LAWA defines the shoreline as the 154 Radial of the SMO VOR. When instructed to turn at the shoreline, please turn when you intercept the SMO VOR R-154.

Helicopter Operating Procedures:

Helicopter operators with a valid Operating Agreement with LAWA, including a signed Letter of Agreement, are subject to conditions as described. All operators shall comply with the ATC requirements and procedures pertaining to helicopter routes and altitudes within the Los Angeles Class B Airspace; operators arriving or departing the Airport shall utilize the flight routes designated by the FAA for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR) operations; operators are requested to utilize the southerly industrial route when arriving or departing the Airport during SVFR operations, unless instructed otherwise by ATC; operators will, in addition to using FAA designated flight routes, maintain an altitude of 2,000 feet, weather, traffic and safety permitting; operators shall use noise abatement approach and departure flight techniques; operators shall avoid nighttime (2200 to 0700) operations except in extreme emergency cases; training operations are prohibited, such as touch-and-go, stop- and-go, and low approach, except for FAA certification flights; operators shall provide an identification symbol as prescribed by LAWA; prior to issuance of a helicopter operating agreement, operators are required to develop, implement and file with the Board of Airport Commissioners a "Fly Neighborly Program"; operators shall keep their "Fly Neighborly Program" current; and all helicopter operating agreements shall be issued for a period not longer than five years.

Imperial Terminal Procedures:

All turboprops over 65,000 pounds MGLW or all turbojets arriving at Imperial Terminal will taxi to a position on taxiway A where engines will be shut down and the aircraft towed to its assigned parking position. On departure, these aircraft will also be towed to the taxiway and positioned facing east or west prior to starting engines. Jet engine runs and run-ups, and turbine-based ground power units are prohibited on the ramp and auxiliary power units may only be operated when required during tow-in or out.

CONTINUOUS DESCENT ARRIVAL (CDA) - NONE

AIRPORT CURFEWS - NONE
Information shown below is for historical purposes.
Stage 2 Nighttime Phaseout Schedule
Date
Resticted Hours for Stage 2 Operations
7/1/91
0100-05:59
1/1/94
0000-05:59
1/1/96
0000-06:29
1/1/2000
No Stage 2 allowed

PREFERENTIAL RUNWAYS
Preferential Runway Use:

During the noise sensitive hours of 2200 to 0700, air traffic control shall maximize use of inboard Runways 24L/6R and 25R/7L and Taxiways B-6 and U. Over-Ocean Operation Procedures shall be in effect between the hours of 2400 and 0630. At all other times, the inboard runways shall be preferred to the outboard runways for departures and, except as set forth for over-ocean operation procedures, the outboard runways shall be preferred to the inboard runways for arrivals.

OPERATING QUOTA - NONE

ENGINE RUN-UP RESTRICTIONS

A. Engines mounted on aircraft:

The run-up of mounted aircraft engines for maintenance or test purposes on both leased and non-leased areas is prohibited between the hours of 2300-0600 unless waived in an individual case by the Executive Director, or their duly authorized representative, subject to the following conditions:
1) The engine(s) will be run in a sound suppression unit that will reduce the sound level at the airport perimeter to 8PNdB or less above the ambient background level in surrounding residential areas at the time the run-up is conducted.

2) A single engine will not be operated to exceed idle power at each leasehold area. If more than one engine is to be checked, each engine must be checked separately.

3) APUs will be operated only for maintenance and preflight checks.

4) When engines are idled during compass checks on the compass rose, tractors will be used to orient aircraft heading.

B. Idle engine checks and APUs will be operated at the minimum time required on an aircraft to accomplish the necessary maintenance or preflight check.

C. Engines not mounted on aircraft:

Maintenance or test running of jet engines not mounted on an aircraft is prohibited unless performed in a test cell of adequate design. Said cell shall meet noise level criteria at a measurement distance of 250 feet from the center thereof, as follows:

Octave Band
Sound Pressure Level
31.5
86 dB
63
82 dB
125
77 dB
250
73 dB
500
71 dB
1000
69 dB
2000
67 dB
4000
66 dB
8000
59 dB

Imperial Terminal Procedures -
Jet engine runs and run-ups are prohibited on the ramp and APUs may only be operated when required during tow-in or departure. This statement refers specifically to arrivals and departures operating at the Imperial Terminal ramp area.

APU OPERATING RESTRICTIONS
Imperial Terminal Procedures -
Jet engine runs and run-ups are prohibited on the ramp and APUs may only be operated when required during tow-in or departure. This statement refers specifically to arrivals and departures operating at the Imperial Terminal ramp area.

NOISE BUDGET RESTRICTIONS - NONE

NOISE SURCHARGE - NONE

PART 161 STUDY
-LAWA is in the process of preparing a complete Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 161 Study for submittal to the FAA. The intent of this study is as follows:

-Establish a local noise restriction at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that would prohibit the easterly departure of all aircraft, with certain exemptions, between the hours of 12:00 Midnight to 6:30 a.m. when the Airport is in Over-Ocean Operations, or when it remains in Westerly Operations during these hours.

NOISE MITIGATION/LAND USE PLANNING PROGRAM INFORMATION
Type of Program
Date Implemented
Status
Sound Insulation (Residences and Public Buildings)
1984-2010





12274 total dwelling units completed as of 12/31/2010:
City of Inglewood – 3354 dwelling units
City of Los Angeles – 6569 dwelling units
County of Los Angeles - 1412 dwelling units
City of El Segundo - 939 dwelling units



Program boundary is the 4th Quarter 1992, 65 dB CNEL contour.

Purchase Assurance for Homeowners Located Within the Airport Noise Contours
-
none
Avigation Easements
1997
February 2006 (Settlement)
Residents living in the City of Los Angeles who participate in the LAWA Supplemental Funding Program for sound insulation are required to sign an avigation easement. Under the LAX Master Plan Stipulated Settlement (Section X), easements are required only in special circumstances for residents living in the City of Inglewood, the City of El Segundo, and the County of Los Angeles.
Zoning Laws
Various - late 1990's
Each surrounding, noise-impacted jurisdiction was encouraged to adopt policies to prevent new incompatible land uses. Cities of Los Angeles and Inglewood, and County of Los Angeles adopted necessary ordinances or amended building codes to require new dwellings or significant remodeling to existing dwellings within the 65 dB CNEL noise contour to incorporate sound insulation materials to achieve a 45 dB interior noise level. There are also requirements for dwellings within the 60 dB CNEL noise contour.
Real Estate/Property Disclosure Laws
2004
State of California requires sellers to disclose whether the property is within an airport influence area as defined by the County Airport Land Use Commission.
Acquire Land for Noise Compatibility to date
1984 - 2010
2686 dwelling units acquired 12/31/2010:
City of Inglewood – 816 dwelling units
City of Los Angeles – 1859 dwelling units
County of Los Angeles* - 0 dwelling units
City of El Segundo* - 0 dwelling units
*These two jurisdictions do not have property acquisition program.
Program boundary is the 4th Quarter 1992, 65 dB CNEL contour.
Population within each noise contour level relative to aircraft operations
-

41,020 (65 dB CNEL - 70 dB CNEL)
23,812 (70 dB CNEL - 75 dB CNEL)
4,184 (> 75 dB CNEL)
Based on 4th Quarter 1992 65 dB CNEL contour-not the current contour, which is generally smaller in size.

Airport Noise Contour Overlay Maps
-
Current noise contour maps:
http://www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=1090
Total Cost of Noise Mitigation Programs to Date
1984-2009

Approved Funding through 12/31/09: $959,345,000

LAWA funding: $785,000,000 (Previously Revenue, now PFC)

FAA AIP Grants: $174,345,000

This is funding that has been approved, but not necessarily received and/or expended.

Source of Noise Mitigation Program Funding for Aircraft Noise
-
LAWA Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Funds
FAR Part 150 NCP Grants
Resale of acquired parcels

NOISE MONITORING SYSTEM
LAWA has upgraded its entire noise monitoring system; old sites have been replaced or retrofitted, and new sites have been added.  At LAX, the new system has a total of 39 noise monitors.  Below is a list of noise monitor sites containing parameter settings and location information for each monitor.

* denotes weather sensor present at site

Site
NMS
Location
Primary Threshold (dB)
Secondary Threshold (dB)
Min Duration (sec)
Max Duration (sec)
Lmax limit (dB)
SEL Limit (dB)
110 AIR1

FAA VOR bldg, Kilgore & Trask Ave's

67
67
4
100
0
0
111 PDR1*
255 Waterview St, Playa Del Rey

65 (0700 –2259)
63 (2300—0659)

65 (0700–2259)
63(2300—0659)

6
80
0
0
112 PDR2
216 Sunridge St.,
Playa Del Rey
64 (0700-2259)
61 (2300-0659)
64 (0700-2259)
61 (2300-0659)
6
80
0
0
113 PRD3*
8151 Tuscany Ave.
El Segundo
62
62
6
100
0
0
114 ESG1*
745 W Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo
60
60
8
80
0
0
115 ESG2
425 W Sycamore Ave.
El Segundo
65
65
7
100
0
0
116 ESG3
649 Sheldon
El Segundo
63
63
10
60
0
0
117 ESG4
333 Lomita St.
El Segundo
65
65
6
100
0
0
118 ESG5
727 California St.
Inglewood
65
65
6
100
0
0
119 DEL1
5501 119th St.
Del Aire
-
-
-
-
-
-
120 WCH1
7314 W 85th St.
Los Angeles
62
62
10
60
0
0
121 WCH2
8821 Villanova Ave
Westchester
62
62
10
60
0
0
122 WCH3
6547 W 87 St.
Westchester
62
62
10
60
0
0
123 WCH4
6431 84th Place
Los Angeles
64
64
10
60
0
0
124 WCH5
9131 Airport Bl
Los Angeles
73
73
4
60
0
0
125 WCH6
8816 Ramsgate Ave
Los Angeles
62
62
6
60
0
0
126 ING1
944 S Eucalyptus Ave
Inglewood
59
59
8
60
0
0
127 ING2
215 W Kelso
Inglewood
62
62
8
80
0
0
128 ING3
800 La Brea Dr.
Inglewood
65
65
8
80
0
0
129 ING4
439 E 98th,
Inglewood
61
61
6
60
0
0
130 ING6
Yukon Ave,
Inglewood (near 102nd)
68
68
5
60
0
0
131 ING5
3752 111th St,
Inglewood
-
-
-
-
-
-
132 ING7
3301 W 81st St,
Inglewood
65
65
5
60
0
0
133 ING8
9601 6th Ave,
Inglewood
65
65
5
60
0
0
134 LNX1
10706 Buford Ave,
Lennox
65
65
8
100
0
0
135 LNX2
10126 Buford Ave,
Lennox
65
65
6
120
0
0
136 LNX3
11034 Dalerose Ave,
Lennox
64 (0700-1959)
62 (2000-0659)
64 (0700-1959)
62 (2000-0659)
6
120
0
0
137 LNX4
10820 Larch Ave,
Lennox
65
65
5
60
0
0
139 ATH1
1340 W. 106th St.,
Los Angeles
50 (0000-0659)
64 (0700-1959)
62 (2000-2159)
58 (2200-2359)
50 (0000-0659)
64 (0700-1959)
62 (2000-2159)
58(2200-2359)
6
120
0
0
140 ATH2
1147 W 97th St,
Los Angeles
62
62
5
60
0
0
141 SLA1
2058 W 84th Pl,
Los Angeles
62
62
10
60
0
0
142 SLA2
8956 S Grammercy Pl, S
Los Angeles
60
60
7
60
0
0
143 SLA3
10525 S Manhattan Pl,
Los Angeles
60
60
10
60
0
0
144 SLA4
1515 W 79th St, S
Los Angeles
60
60
10
60
0
0
145 SLA5
814 Century Bl, S
Los Angeles
50 (0000-0659)
64 (0700-1959)
62 (2000-2159)
58 (2200-2359)
50 (0000-0659)
64 (0700-1959)
62 (2000-2159)
58 (2200-2359)
6
120
0
0
146 SLA6
8715 Regina Ct, S
Los Angeles
62
62
6
100
0
0
147 SLA7
9605 Wall St, S
Los Angeles
62
62
6
100
0
0
148 SLA8
403 104th St, S
Los Angeles
62
62
6
100
0
0
149 SLA9
8022 McKinley Ave, S
Los Angeles
62
62
6
100
0
0

INTERNET FLIGHT TRACK MONITORING SYSTEM - WEBTRAK

LAWA has a system called WebTrak that allows residents to watch the movement of aircraft flights and observe air traffic patterns within the greater Los Angeles region.  It also allows residents to obtain specific information about each flight such as the aircraft type, altitude, origin/destination airports, and flight identification.  In addition to the aircraft flight tracks, it also provides the noise levels associated with aircraft landing and departing at LAX.

WebTrak includes a new feature that enables residents who live in areas surrounding LAX to quickly and easily file complaints about noise disturbances associated with specific aircraft operations they have identified using the system.

WebTrak provides current “real time” flight track information with a delay of 30 minutes for aviation security and data processing reasons.  Historical flight track information is available for replay up to 90 days in the past.

Link to WebTrak:
http://lax.webtrak-lochard.com/template/index.html


NOISE LEVEL LIMITS - NONE

STAGE 2 RESTRICTIONS
Stage 2 airplanes >75,000 lbs are prohibited from operating at airports within the 48 contiguous states.

STAGE 2 PHASEOUT
U.S. Stage 2 Phase out complete as of 12/31/1999 (CFR Part 91.801). Stage 2 airplanes >75,000 lbs are prohibited from operating at airports within the 48 contiguous states.

STAGE 3 RESTRICTIONS - NONE

COMMENTS
Over the years, the City of Los Angeles and LAWA have implemented a series of noise control measures for aircraft operating at LAX to reduce the noise impacts on the surrounding community. In addition to the measures listed above, they include:

Early Turn Restrictions and Notification Program
-Pilots of all aircraft departing toward the west shall maintain runway heading until past the shoreline before commencing any turns unless specifically instructed otherwise by the ATC.

-LAWA monitors all early turns to the north and south on a monthly basis; verifies whether it was instructed by the ATC using recordings of ATC communications with pilots; prepares notification letters and graphics to send to the airlines; and generates a monthly report that is forwarded to interested communities, the FAA, and other interested parties.

Airport Noise Complaint Response Program

-LAWA maintains a noise complaint phone line (310-64NOISE) and a noise complaint form on the Airport’s web site that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for concerned residents to contact the Airport. Each complaint is logged in the noise complaint database. Currently, staff will investigate the first incident of disturbance for the first five noise complaints reported per month for each household. Response letters are provided to those residents requesting a written response to their noise complaints. A monthly summary report is generated each month and is available on the LAWA web site.

In-Flight Monitoring Program

-LAWA monitors specific arrival and departure procedures for compliance with described minimum altitudes and/or location of aircraft, etc, as established by the FAA or contained in the Aircraft Noise Abatement Operating Procedures and Restrictions section of the LAX Rules and Regulations. In addition to the programs previously described, these include the following procedures:

-Short Turns
-Monterey Park Overflights
-Go-arounds
-Loop Departure Procedure
-Palos Verdes Peninsula Overflights

Land Use Mitigation Program

-LAWA established a supplemental funding program to help noise-impacted jurisdictions implement residential sound insulation programs and/or land acquisition programs to convert incompatible land uses to compatible land uses as defined by State Noise Standards. This program provides funding to the eligible jurisdictions who are participating in the Federal Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) and receive AIP grant funds to sound insulate dwellings and/or purchase incompatible land uses.

LAX Community Noise Roundtable

-The LAX Community Noise Roundtable was created in September 2000 and is intended to reduce and mitigate the adverse noise impacts that the users of Los Angeles International Airport create on the surrounding communities and their environs. Membership of the Roundtable consists of local elected officials and staff, representatives of congressional offices, members of recognized community groups, the FAA, the ATA and LAWA Management. This forum provides a mechanism that attempts to insure cooperation between the Airport and local impacted communities in achieving noise impact reduction to those communities wherever possible. The Roundtable meets the second Wednesday of every month except for August and December. Roundtable information is posted on LAWA’s website at http://www.lawa.org/LAXNoiseRoundTable.aspx.

Part 161 Study

-LAWA is in the process of preparing a complete Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 161 Study for submittal to the FAA. The intent of this study is as follows:
-Establish a local noise restriction at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that would prohibit the easterly departure of all aircraft, with certain exemptions, between the hours of 12:00 Midnight to 6:30 a.m. when the Airport is in Over-Ocean Operations, or when it remains in Westerly Operations during these hours.