Noise Rules Summary

Noise Abatement

The complete Noise Abatement Rules were reaffirmed and clarified on April 1, 2019, however, for quick reference select noise rules are summarized as follows

Procedures: Rule 3
General aviation jet aircraft are to use the National Business Aircraft Association’s noise abatement procedures.

Prohibited Activities: Rule 8
Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. local time, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Intersection takeoffs
  • Maintenance run-ups
  • Flight training operations
  • Practice approaches
  • Touch and go landings

The fine for a first-time violation is $1,738 and subsequent violations are each fined $2,524.

Nighttime Curfew: Rule 9
Aircraft originally certified as Stage 3 or quieter are permitted to fly 24 hours per day. Aircraft not originally certified as Stage 3 are not permitted to operate between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. unless they can demonstrate compliance with these Rules as written (see Rule 9.6a).

The chart below is a list of maximum take-off weights and required procedures that have been demonstrated for certain aircraft not originally certified as Stage 3 or quieter in order for them it to meet these nighttime noise restrictions.

AircraftProcedure & Weight Restriction
Gulfstream 2 with Stage 3 KitManufacturer’s “Quiet Flying Procedures” & Gross weight of 47,000 lbs. is not exceeded
Gulfstream 2B & Gulfstream 3 with Stage 3 KitManufacturer’s “Quiet Flying Procedures” & Gross weight of 55,000 lbs. is not exceeded

These rules are not intended to interfere with the rights or responsibilities of the pilot-in-command concerning safety of flight.

Violations of these provisions carry with them monetary sanctions in amounts of up to $5,055 per violation. Questions should be addressed to the Noise Management Office at 818.840.8840 or to the Airport Operations Office at 818.840.8830.

Voluntary Nighttime Curfew
The Authority has a long-standing voluntary curfew on scheduled arrivals and departures of passenger airline operations between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. During those hours, airlines are strongly encouraged not to schedule any arrivals or departures.

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