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Authority Submits ‘PUC’ Applications to Burbank Aimed at East-West Runway Safety Program; Commission Selects Consultants for Environmental Reports on New Alternative Terminal

Runway Safety Proposal Would Shift Parking Lot Locations and Install Soft Paving to Prevent Aircraft Overruns at East End of Runway

New Terminal Site Identified in Southwest Corner of Airport as Backup to B-6 Property Site

BURBANK, Calif., December 4, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has embarked on a major program to enhance safety on its east-west runway near Hollywood Way that would move two airport parking lots further from the runway and install a special speed-arresting paving surface to prevent aircraft overruns onto Hollywood Way.

The Authority took its first step toward the safety improvements by voting unanimously to submit four separate applications to the City of Burbank seeking permission to acquire five acres of the B-6 trust property and to change the use of an additional five acres on property now owned by the Airport Authority.  The acquisitions and use changes would allow the moving of Airport Parking Lots A and B to locations more distant from the runway and out of its path.

In addition, the applications were the first step that could lead to the Authority’s acquisition of two parcels on Hollywood Way directly opposite the end of Runway 8/26 and eliminate potential obstructions on the land.  The parcels are currently the site of a gas station, a dry cleaner and a restaurant.  The Authority noted the applications did not constitute a commitment at this time to buy the properties, but were being made as a requirement of the Public Utilities Code, which gives the city the right to approve land acquisition by the Airport Authority.

The Authority’s action also authorized a $25 million grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration that would finance the purchase of the land, as well as pay for the installation of Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) paving blocks which have the ability to stop a Boeing 737 traveling up to 50 knots.

“We’ve been taking a close look at options to enhance overall safety on the east end of the airport ever since the Southwest incident last March.  This program will stop aircraft and eliminate undesirable land uses in the path of the runway or off to the side.  It’s also important to note it is possible to do these things quickly and affordably,” said Carl Meseck, Airport Authority president.

Meseck added that the Authority hopes to make a presentation to the Burbank City Council  on the project soon after the New Year.

After voting to start the runway safety enhancements, the Authority convened in special session to interview candidate consulting firms to draft environmental reports for a variety of possible projects, including land acquisition, a replacement passenger terminal, taxiways and parking lots.

Prior to the interviews the Authority staff unveiled a schematic plan for an alternate terminal layout on airport-owned property southwest of the airport’s runway intersection.

“You have a potential terminal on airport property that does not require PUC approval,” noted Executive Director Dios Marrero in introducing the matter.  He also noted that the Authority is still supportive of locating a terminal on the B-6 trust property, but sees a necessity of looking at an alternative in case the B-6 site should not prove feasible.

The concept drawing depicts a terminal of 250,000 square feet, with 14 aircraft gates, 40,000 square feet for administrative offices and 4000 parking spaces.

“This is the alternative staff would recommend in the event we reach a point when the B-6 site is not longer viable,” Marrero said.

The Authority selected the firm of Environmental Science Associates to enter into negotiations for a contract to undertake production of environmental  documents to be specified in the future.

Airport Authority Asks Burbank to Join in Claim Against L.A. Plans to Grow Burbank Flights

Petition Will Seek Environmental Impact Report for City of Los Angeles Decisions at LAX Leading Toward Shift in Flights to Burbank

BURBANK, Calif., October 19, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted unanimously this week to file a cross petition in ongoing litigation with Los Angeles alleging that Los Angeles has not done adequate analysis of the environmental impact of projects at Los Angeles International Airport that will result in increased flight activity at Burbank Airport.

The Authority is also asking the City of Burbank to join in support of the litigation, given the concerns shared by both agencies over future noise impacts at Burbank Airport.

“We feel Los Angeles is making decisions at LAX that are designed to shift traffic to Burbank, and those effects should be analyzed under the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.  It is totally inconsistent for Los Angeles to develop a plan that increases demand for air travel at Burbank Airport, while at the same time, the Los Angeles City Council is alleging that it is attempting to protect its Valley citizens from Burbank Airport noise impacts,” said Carl Meseck, president of the Airport Authority.

“We also feel the City of Burbank would be well served to join the Authority in this case.  Both of us want to avoid Burbank Airport being forced to accommodate a disproportionate share of the region’s aviation activity.  The Authority is doing all it can to get a curfew, and the city should come forward in this effort if we are to avoid a shift in the share of flights handled at Burbank,” Meseck added.

At issue are expansions of LAX cargo facilities and the Bradley International Terminal which are precursor measures for runway enlargement to allow increased international and cargo capacity at LAX.  The Authority maintains these measures will result in a detriment to the operation of short-haul and medium-haul domestic flights at LAX, leading to a shift in these flights to Burbank and other regional airports.

The Authority must submit its petition to Los Angeles Superior Court by October 23 in a case brought by Los Angeles alleging inadequate environmental analysis of various Burbank Airport projects.

Airport Receives $5 Million Grant from FAA for School, Home Insulation

Insulation Funding Passes $30 Million Mark — 210 Homes in Burbank and L.A.,  Additional Rooms at Burbank Middle School to be Treated

BURBANK, Calif., September 5, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority announced today it has received and executed a $5 million grant agreement from the Federal Aviation Administration for the sound insulation of approximately 210 homes in Burbank and Los Angeles and additional insulation at Luther Burbank Middle School in the City of Burbank.

The grant brings the total of combined FAA and Airport Authority funds dedicated to insulation to just over $30 million since 1989 when the Authority became eligible for the grants by completing a federal Part 150 noise compatibility study.

Four schools and 259 homes have already been funded.  The new grant will bring the total of homes insulated to 469. If the FAA approves an update of the study submitted earlier this year, approximately 3,100 homes and eight schools will be eligible for the insulation program, at an estimated cost of $130 million.  The grant conditions require the Authority to supply 19% of the project costs in matching funds in order to receive the federal money.

“The Authority has aggressively sought funding for home insulation and  continues to be appreciative of the priority the FAA has given to noise mitigation projects proposed by the Authority.  FAA support has enabled us to step up the pace of our program, and we are striving to insulate every eligible home and school by 2015,” said Authority President Carl Meseck.

The Authority’s current budget allocates $11 million for noise mitigation and abatement projects, more than double the amount during the previous fiscal year.

Luther Burbank Middle School was the first of four schools insulated under the original Part 150 study and was completed in 1994 at a cost of $3.9 million.  Since then, the school auditorium and other rooms have been converted to instructional classroom use and are being insulated in light of their change in function.  The newest modifications will cost $582,000.

Airport Accepts Burbank Condition on Size of Terminal; Submits New Application for P.U.C. Review by City

Authority OK’s 250,000 Sq. Ft., 14-Gate Terminal – Urges City to Act on Plan Before B-6 Property Is Sold

BURBANK, Calif., August 14, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today voted to accept the City of Burbank’s proposed size of 250,000 sq. ft. for a replacement passenger terminal, and followed the move by submitting a new application for the City’s “P.U.C.” review process to allow the project to move ahead.

“We’re trying hard to find reasonable middle ground while there is still time to do so,” said Authority President Carl Meseck.   He noted that the Authority’s legal agreement with Burbank last fall requires the Authority to sell the property needed for the terminal because there was no final development agreement for a terminal project by a May 24, 2000 deadline.

“We can still salvage the terminal project if we can reach an agreement before the property sells,” Meseck said.

In a letter to Burbank Mayor Bill Wiggins transmitting the new PUC application, Meseck appealed to the City Council to act on the application in a timely manner.

“Bill, I hope you and your colleagues will agree that we should have the elements of an agreement in place at this point,” he wrote.

Meseck cited numerous concessions by the Authority intended to address community concerns about the future effects of the airport:

  • The Authority has agreed to no new aircraft gates and only a modest increase in terminal area from the present 170,000 sq. ft. to 250,000 sq. ft., as proposed by the City.
  • The Authority has accepted the City’s demand that a curfew be in place before a new terminal can be built.
  • The Authority has accepted the City’s condition that there be payments from the airport in lieu of the lost property taxes from the former Lockheed B-6 site.
  • The City Council would be guaranteed total control over the future fate of airport terminal facilities under the Authority’s application.

“Ideally, the Authority would have liked to secure a terminal closer to the 330,000 sq. ft. we negotiated with Mayor Murphy and Councilman Golonski a year ago in the Framework for Settlement, and I hope our willingness to give Burbank all of its deal points on the curfew and size of the building shows the determination of the Authority to reach agreement,” Meseck said.

Authority Unveils Part 161 Study Action Plan

Public Input and Frequent Public Information Updates Are Top Priorities as Authority Attempts to Win Nighttime Restrictions on Flights

Website to Offer Increased Background Information and Additional Means for Public Comment

BURBANK, Calif., July 24, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Part 161 Study – the federal process the airport must follow to apply for a nighttime curfew –  went into high gear today as consultants presented the Authority with a detailed plan  for the study’s conduct over the next 18 months that features frequent opportunities for public input throughout the process.

“It is clear to the Authority that nighttime aircraft noise is an overriding issue to residents who live under arrival and departure flight paths, and this study process is the one way open to us under federal law to secure hard and fast restrictions such as a curfew,” said Airport Authority President Carl Meseck.

“We encourage the public as well as the users of the airport to follow the study closely and get involved.  We feel that the thoroughness of the participation by all interests can and will have an impact on the FAA’s willingness to consider our case,” he added.

A key period in the study action plan will take place over the next two months as the Authority staff begins an extensive public outreach program to collect opinions and ideas about what should be done to combat noise.  Comments received will be considered as the Authority finalizes the precise aircraft noise restrictions it will propose to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The outreach program will include a series of four public listening sessions in August at locations throughout the San Fernando Valley designed to provide a forum for the public to present observations and suggestions for inclusion in the current Part 161 Study as well as future studies.  The meetings will be publicized by advertisement and extensive mailings to residents groups, business groups, public officials, local governments, aviation users and other stakeholders.

In order to assure a study process that is as fast as possible, the current effort will have the focused goal of eliminating or significantly reducing nighttime flight noise now and in the future.  The FAA has committed to expedite the consideration of the Authority’s proposed rules to achieve that end.  Issues beyond the scope of nighttime noise may be deferred for subsequent Part 161 studies.

There will also be in-depth consultations with the various public and aviation user groups to aid in the analysis of any proposed restrictions that is required by federal regulations.

A major addition to the noise study process will be a new website,, which will provide ongoing information about the study as it is compiled.  Due to be online within two weeks, the website will offer a meeting calendar as well as  complete background information about Part 161 of the Federal Aviation Regulations and the required elements of the study.  Visitors will be able to access all documents submitted to the public docket over the life of the study and submit comments of any length at any time.

It is a requirement of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 that any airport desiring to adopt new noise rules that would restrict operations of Stage 3 aircraft (the newest generation of airline jets) must first perform a study weighing any noise benefits against any negative impacts on air commerce posed by the restrictions.  Once the study is complete, the FAA is the final arbiter of whether the new rules will be allowed or not.

The Burbank Airport Part 161 Study will be the first in the nation to pursue a mandatory curfew on Stage 3 jets.  Burbank was the first airport in the nation to acquire an all-Stage 3 airline fleet in 1987, three years before Congress adopted the Airport Noise and Capacity Act and 13 years before all airports in the country reached all-Stage 3 status.

The Authority hopes to submit its Part 161 Study to the FAA by September 2001 and expects an FAA decision by early 2002.  The complete study is expected to cost $3 million to $4 million.

Meseck Elected to Second Term as President

Current Slate of Officers to Continue: Holden As Vice President, Lombardo as Secretary

BURBANK, Calif., July 6, 2000 — The current slate of officers, led by Glendale Commissioner Carl Meseck, has been reelected to head the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for the coming year.  The nine-member Airport Authority Commission voted 7-0, with two commissioners absent, in its annual election July 5 to retain the leadership it first selected in July 1999.

Meseck begins his second term as president.  He has held a seat on the Commission since its inception in 1977 and has served previously as secretary and vice president.  Chris Holden, a commissioner from Pasadena since 1993, was reelected vice president and has previously served as Authority secretary. Charles Lombardo, who was appointed to the Authority by the City of Burbank in 1998, continues as secretary.

Burbank Airport to Celebrate 70th Anniversary with Community Open House

Airfield Tours, Vintage Aircraft & Photo Displays, Food & Refreshments to Highlight Saturday, June 3 Event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BURBANK, Calif., May 30, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Burbank Airport with a community open house Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The general public has been invited to participate in tours of the airfield, with a midpoint stop to view a Lockheed Super Constellation, a DC-3 and a Martin 404 on static display.  Food and refreshments will also be served.

The airport originally opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1930, and a banner marking the airport’s 70 years was hoisted over the just-past Memorial Day weekend to mark the occasion.

“Seven decades is a significant milestone, and we decided it presented us with a wonderful opportunity to get together with our neighbors,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

Through newspaper advertisement and other publicity, guests are being invited to park on Lot D, north of Winona Avenue on Hollywood Way, where buses will pick them up for the airfield tour and refreshment stop.  The circuit will take one to one and a half hours.

When Burbank Airport opened in 1930, it was called United Airport, having been built by a division of United Aircraft & Transport Corporation.  It was renamed Union Air Terminal in 1934 and was the primary airport for Los Angeles until the end  of World War II.

Lockheed Aircraft Company bought the airport in 1940 and renamed it Lockheed Air Terminal.  Commercial air traffic continued even while Lockheed supplied the war effort and developed numerous military and civilian aircraft in the ensuing decades.  Lockheed again changed the airport’s name in the 1960s, this time to Hollywood-Burbank Airport.  Following Lockheed’s sale of the airport in 1978 to a joint powers authority created by Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport acquired its current name.

Today Burbank Airport serves nearly 5 million annual passengers on flights by Alaska, American, America West, Southwest and United Airlines.

Authority Votes to Begin Part 161 Study

Goals Include Mandatory Curfew, Others Restrictions – Study to Proceed Regardless of Terminal Project Fate

BURBANK, Calif., April 17, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today voted to pursue a mandatory curfew and other noise restrictions by undertaking a Federal Aviation Regulation Part 161 Study.  The study will go forward regardless of whether the Authority and the City of Burbank reach a development agreement for the airport’s replacement passenger terminal project.

“We’re moving ahead on the Part 161 Study because the Authority sees the pursuit of a curfew as part of its overall noise reduction program.  We want to be a good neighbor and do everything we can to provide noise relief to the citizens of Burbank and Los Angeles.   Now is the time to begin,” said Authority President Carl Meseck.  “I am also hopeful we stand a better chance of succeeding now than if we had tried to begin this study earlier,” he added.

Today’s action left open the exact terms of the curfew that will be studied, pending further discussions with the City of Burbank, the FAA, private aircraft operators and the commercial airlines.  The initial phase of the study will cost approximately $1 million, and the Authority estimates the total cost will be $3 million to $4 million by the time the FAA completes its review.

The Authority engaged aviation consultant Landrum and Brown in early 1999 to head up a team to perform a Part 161 Study, and Landrum and Brown submitted a proposed scope of work last June.  Final consideration of the scope of work has been delayed since that time as the Authority and the City of Burbank have pursued finalization of a development agreement that would allow a new terminal to be built.

A preliminary “framework for settlement” arrived at last August called for the Authority to initiate a Part 161 Study once a final development agreement was reached. The Authority’s decision to proceed immediately confirms its position that the guarantee of a terminal is not seen as a necessary condition for performing the study.

“We are going to do those things that are under the Authority’s control to address noise, consistent with our resolution last year to eliminate all of the noise impact area under California law by 2015,” Meseck said.  “From this point forward, we will apply for noise insulation grants as aggressively as possible, and we will take every measure allowed by federal law to ensure  the public it has the best possible protection from the impacts of the airport.”

Landrum and Brown estimated that drafting a Part 161 Study and processing it with the FAA would take two years or longer.  It is a requirement of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 that any airport desiring to adopt new noise rules that would restrict operations of Stage 3 aircraft (the newest generation of airline jets) first perform a study weighing any noise benefits against any negative impacts on air commerce posed by the restrictions.  Once the study is complete, the FAA is the final arbiter of whether the new rules will be allowed or not.

The Burbank Airport Part 161 Study will be the first in the nation to pursue a mandatory curfew on Stage 3 jets.  Burbank was the first airport in the nation to acquire an all-Stage 3 airline fleet in 1987, three years before Congress adopted the Airport Noise and Capacity Act and 13 years before all airports in the country reached all-Stage 3 status.

Several airports have initiated Part 161 studies since the 1990 act, but none were aimed at restricting Stage 3 aircraft.  All of those studies were called off short of completion or before the FAA’s review.

“There’s no question this will be a ground-breaking effort.  The premise of the Noise and Capacity Act was that Stage 3 jets were not to be interfered with, but it is clear after 13 years of Stage 3 jets at Burbank that they may not be the final answer as far as our community neighbors are concerned.  We still have to look at nighttime flights,” said Meseck.

Burbank Airport Sets Press Conference to Kick Off Los Angeles Home Insulation Program

BURBANK, Calif., March 15, 2000 – The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will inaugurate the first home insulation project to counter effects of aircraft noise in Los Angeles tomorrow, Thursday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. at 7833 Ferncola Avenue, Sun Valley.

The address is the residence of Lorenzo and Alejandra Salazar, among the first eligible participants to sign up for the airport-sponsored program that invests up to $40,000 in each house without cost to the homeowner.

Work is starting tomorrow on the Salazar home and 24 others in Sun Valley.  There will be interview opportunities with airport staff in charge of the program, participating residents, and contractors performing the work.  Some of the materials used in the home treatment – including custom-designed insulated windows – will be available for viewing.

The Airport Authority is currently working on three 25-home modules in Sun Valley, and about 300 area homes will eventually be covered under the current program.  An updated noise study that will add another 800 Sun Valley homes to the list for federal grant assistance was recently submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Overall there are 2,300 homes eligible for insulation in the current program, and there will be 3,100 upon FAA approval of the update, which is expected later this year.  The Authority expects to spend $120 million completing the program by 2015.

There are currently 259 homes in one stage or another of having insulation installed, and the Authority has accumulated over $12 million in FAA and Authority funds thus far to finance the program. In addition to the 75 homes in Sun Valley, there are 184 in Burbank.

In order to be eligible, homes must be located in the officially designated noise impact area, as determined by state and federal acoustical guidelines.  Generally, residences in areas where there are more than 65 decibels of aircraft noise averaged over 24 hours are eligible.

Southwest Airlines Accident Update, 12:20 a.m., March 6, 2000

There is little to report at this hour as agencies handling the incident consider options to move the aircraft from Hollywood Way.  Officials say they will know in the pre-dawn hours whether or not the aircraft can be moved in time to allow normal traffic in the vicinity of the airport.

We will not post any further updates tonight at this website, and we expect to be in touch with news media by telephone in time to supply ground traffic information for morning drive.  V. Gill

Southwest Jet Overshoots East-West Runway on Landing — 3 Minor Injuries Reported, No Fatalities; Plane Comes to Rest in Middle of Hollywood Way

BURBANK, Calif., March 5, 2000 — A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 arriving from Las Vegas broke through the airport perimeter fence upon landing this evening, coming to rest in the middle of Hollywood Way, the main thoroughfare to the entrance of Burbank Airport.

There were no fatalities on Flight 1455, and three persons suffered minor injuries and were transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. There were 137 passengers and five crewmembers on board.

As the plane broke through the fence, it struck an automobile with two occupants, but there were no injuries.

The plane landed at 6:11 p.m. and Burbank Fire Department responded at 6:12 p.m., according to department sources at the scene.

The aircraft leaked a minor amount of fuel, approximately 10 gallons, but there was no fire at the scene.

Following the incident, passengers were taken to a holding room on the airport, and all had left the facility by 9:30 p.m.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board joined other responding agencies and will pursue further investigation of the incident.

Early estimates are that the aircraft will remain on Hollywood Way, between Thornton Avenue on the south and Winona Avenue on the north at least until tomorrow.

Officials at this time are evaluating the best routes to the airport, which has continued to operate throughout the evening.  Empire Avenue on the south side of the airport remains open and has access to the airport terminal roadway.

The Airport Authority will continue to post updated information at this site as it becomes available.

Airport Authority Seeks Funds for Improvements to Burbank Middle School

BURBANK, Calif., January 19, 2000 – The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted unanimously yesterday to seek funds from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for insulation and air conditioning of the auditorium and music room at Luther Burbank Middle School. The project will cost an estimated $582,000.

Luther Burbank Middle School, the first of four schools insulated under the Authority’s Part 150 Study mitigation program, has already had all classrooms, offices and its library treated at a cost of $3.9 million. The auditorium and music room were not included because there was no regular instruction in the facilities, a prerequisite for federal funding.

Last year, the Burbank Unified School District notified the Authority that regular instruction was now taking place in the two rooms, and the Authority obtained a finding from the FAA that they were therefore eligible for grant assistance. With yesterday’s action, the Authority will now request the additional funding, with FAA’s concurrence, as part of a future grant from the Airport Improvement Program, the FAA’s source of insulation grants.

“We’re very pleased the FAA approved these two rooms for grant eligibility without requiring additional study.  The past insulation and air conditioning have made a big difference to the 1,100 students at Luther Burbank, and this work will bring even more improvement to the learning environment at the school,” said Acting Executive Director Dios Marrero following the Authority’s action.

There is no scheduled date for the next FAA grant offer, but it could come as soon as September, the end of the federal fiscal year, if past FAA practice is followed.  Once the offer is received, the school district oversees the design and installation of the insulation treatment, and the work is paid for by a combination of 80% federal and 20% Airport Authority funds.

Since adoption of the Part 150 Study in 1989, the Authority and the FAA have committed $12.6 million for school insulation at Luther Burbank Middle School, Glenwood Elementary School in Sun Valley, Saint Patrick’s School in North Hollywood and Mingay Adult School in Burbank.  All but Mingay have been completed.

The Authority and the FAA have also committed another $13 million for residential insulation and air conditioning, enough to treat nearly 300 homes.  The Authority expects to direct $120 million to home and school insulation by 2015.