September 14, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- An eerie silence has blanketed Santa Ana Heights in the days following terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and Pentagon. In the usually bustling neighborhood that lies beneath the John Wayne Airport flight path, the streets have been quiet and deserted as most residents have stayed in their homes watching the ongoing coverage of the aftermath of the bombings. One woman, who declined to give her name, said she was content staying at her Pegasus Street home.
May 10, 2003
Not only is there an increase in the number of John Wayne Airport passengers as reported in the Daily Pilot on May 7, 2003, there also seems to be an increase in the buzz of grumbling comments growing in the community ("Number of JWA passengers increases"). From Huntington Beach residents to Corona del Mar and Balboa homeowners, complaining about the airplane noise and shifting flight patterns is the conversation that's got it going on. And, of course, there's not a word from our quiet Irvine neighbors to the south.
February 2, 2011
Updated February 2, 2011 3:03 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it has successfully completed tests for a new John Wayne Airport flight path, and planes will start flying the new route in February. The procedure is the result of a nearly one-year tussle between Newport Beach residents and FAA officials, who agreed to modify a new satellite-based navigation system after residents complained about jet engine noise in the skies above some Newport homes.
June 25, 2007
Not content with the right to veto any proposal for a second commercial runway at John Wayne Airport, Newport Beach is looking to leverage its power over airport expansion any way it can. The latest proposal is a position statement that ideally would be approved by the corridor cities in the flight path. The Newport Beach City Council will consider the position statement today. It said there is no viable site for a second Orange County airport, and the cities will search for ways to satisfy the demand without expanding John Wayne Airport.
April 6, 2010
Starting Thursday, some planes taking off from John Wayne Airport will fly about a football field’s distance west of their current route, if the Federal Aviation Administration’s new flight procedure works as intended. The FAA changed the route after discovering that a worker had incorrectly entered the altitude where planes are required to turn — a “minor charting error” — an FAA spokesman said. The revised changes should make the flights slightly less noisy for residents on the east side of Upper Newport Bay, while the general flying public probably won’t notice a change.
November 9, 2002
June Casagrande Newport Coast residents are complaining that flight noise over their homes is getting worse. And while aviation industry officials say the problem is caused by private planes, others say Long Beach is the source of the noise. At a recent candidate forum, several residents of Newport Coast complained that there had been a noticeable increase in flights over their homes, particularly in the Ocean Ridge development. "I think it's real.
April 27, 2010
I will attempt to offer something helpful to all of us affected by John Wayne Airport: a history lesson in changing flight patterns. My observations are from where I have lived in Newport Beach. My first residence, from 1964 to 1980, was on Toyon Lane, in what is loosely known as the Dover Shores area. My second was from 1980 to 1984 on Harbor Island. My third, from 1988 to 1995, was on Lincoln Lane, also in Dover Shores. My fourth is also in Dover Shores, on Galaxy Drive, where I have lived since 1995.
February 2, 2005
In Santa Ana Heights, life is plenty pretty Thank you, Steve Smith, for denigrating both the people in Santa Ana Heights and the neighborhood itself ("Rasputin keeps on trying to fly high," Jan. 26). It's clear you haven't spent much time in our neighborhood or talking to us since 1992, or you'd have a much different picture. Yes, we live under the flight path. And it's irksome at times. But in this small neighborhood, the streets are so traffic-light that kids ride their go-karts on them.
August 21, 2009
Newport Beach residents who live under the John Wayne Airport flight path probably won’t notice much of a difference when the Federal Aviation Administration introduces a new departure procedure at the airport next month, officials said Friday. Called DUUKE ONE, the new satellite-based navigation system will allow aircraft to fly a more consistent track down the middle of Upper Newport Bay, aviation officials said. “What is going to happen [is that] planes are going to be flying more consistent flight paths, so you won’t see the occasional flight path drift off to one side,” said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.