The Newport Beach City Council wants to change the way planes take off from John Wayne Airport and has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to consider its proposal for a new departure procedure.
The FAA said it would consider the request. I hope it also tells the city to cool its jets.
The council, of course, is responding to homeowner concerns about jet noise, perpetually the source of consternation and controversy in our community. The noise issue has prompted city leaders to repeatedly lobby for changes and restrictions on flying procedures; just two years ago the departure system known as STREL was introduced for about half the flights.
The realigning of takeoff patterns is just one way the city has attempted to mitigate noise. There's also the famously steep ascent followed by a stomach-sinking throttling back on power that has long been required of jets flying out of John Wayne. We also have a strict curfew that bans commercial takeoffs between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. most days.