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September 2, 2002
Lolita Harper As Costa Mesa residents look to the sky and find more and more planes traveling over their homes, various aviation administrators, city leaders and airport officials are looking to each other as the cause. Federal Aviation Administration officials say changes in airspace have allowed airline pilots to take different departure and approach routes to local airports, depending on specific circumstances. "The whole purpose of making these changes is to give controllers and pilots more latitude in rerouting aircraft to deal with traffic and weather conditions," said Jerry Snyder, the public affairs officer for FAA Western Pacific Region.
NEWS
August 22, 2002
Lolita Harper Residents of the Westside and Mesa Verde who believed they were outside of any airport flight paths have suddenly found themselves looking up at commercial jets -- but John Wayne Airport isn't to blame. The planes that have been rumbling over their heads are not departing from John Wayne but on their way to Long Beach Airport, officials say. Sharon Diggs-Jackson, the public affairs officer for Long Beach Airport, confirmed that fewer than 10 flights have routes over Costa Mesa, resulting from an increasing number of flights at the transportation hub. Jet Blue and American Airlines flights arriving from the east travel over the Westside and Mesa Verde, she said.
NEWS
August 29, 2002
As if flights from John Wayne Airport were not a big enough nuisance for Newport-Mesa residents, now comes trouble related to another airport entirely. Long Beach Airport flights have recently begun using the Westside and Mesa Verde for their arrival paths. While there are fewer than 10 of those arriving flights now, according to a Long Beach Airport spokeswoman, there will be more as early as September and even more come mid-October. The city of Long Beach is trying to cap the airport at 41 total flights daily, though there are less than that now. But those are flights bound for Long Beach, a city about 16 miles northwest of Newport-Mesa.
LOCAL
November 3, 2006
An Ontario man agreed to plead guilty Thursday to making fake bomb threats at John Wayne and Long Beach airports in October 2005, according to federal prosecutors. In the plea agreement, which was filed in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Jason Morris, 30, admitted to calling both airports, prosecutors said. On Oct. 25, 2005, Morris said he called John Wayne Airport saying, "There's a plane leaving tonight with two bombs on it; a lot of people will die, and it's all in your hands," according to a news release from prosecutors.
NEWS
February 22, 2003
The final approach path to Long Beach Airport pays no attention to artificial political boundaries called county lines, as jets fly over many Orange County cities, including my hometown of Huntington Beach. The south side of Costa Mesa may have just received protection for another 10 years with the new John Wayne settlement agreement. However, the north side is vulnerable to expansion of Long Beach airport. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but people need to be educated about this issue.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 25, 2002
The flights over Costa Mesa are a nuisance ("Long Beach flights rattle West Costa Mesa," Thursday). The sound patterns are not unlike those of incoming missiles. The city should measure the noise levels to determine compliance with city noise ordinances. There are other approaches to Long Beach municipal airport that don't fly over our city. ART GODDARD Costa Mesa My husband very carefully checked the flight patterns when we purchased our home in Greenbrook (north Costa Mesa)
NEWS
August 31, 2002
Shirley A. Conger The letters from Costa Mesa's residents about the increasing air traffic over their homes indicate a heightened awareness of the effect of air traffic on residential neighborhoods. Recently, there have been several changes in Federal Aviation Administration rules as to the use of air space around John Wayne Airport and the whole region. With these new FAA rules, commercial jets can fly as low as 3,500 feet. Small planes must fly below this altitude.
NEWS
By Elaine Stuckey | April 6, 2006
If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, what country would you choose? No matter how often I was asked this question, the answer was always the same: Ireland. Having been brought up surrounded by Irish relatives and neighbors and having heard so many wonderful tales of "the old sod," it is no wonder that a trip to Ireland was my dream. In 2004 it was time to fulfill my dream. However, because of illness, the trip had to be canceled twice. Things finally came together in 2005 when my cousin, Marg Morrison of Pittsfield, Mass.
NEWS
May 23, 2000
The article on the fisherman's haven near Westcliff in Newport Beach was not the whole story ("Hooking with the tides," May 15). A closer view of the beach along the bay would show a lot of debris, food and beverage containers and holes in the shore where shellfish have been dug up for bait. Although many of the fishermen clean up the area after they are through, some do not. There is also trash off of boats coming and going from Newport Dunes. Ironically, this beach is at the site where Newport Beach was founded in the 19th century, and it now sits at the foot of million-dollar residences.
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By Michael Miller | May 3, 2007
LONG BEACH — Dean Morrow flew 35 missions in a B-24 bomber during World War II. Wednesday he flew his 36th. The veteran, who lives in the Eastbluff neighborhood of Newport Beach, hadn't flown in a B-24 since the war ended in 1945. His love of flying, however, had rubbed off on his grandson, Kirby — and when Morrow heard that the only B-24 still in flying condition would be traveling from Long Beach to Camarillo Wednesday morning, he arranged to bring Kirby on the trip.
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LOCAL
November 3, 2006
An Ontario man agreed to plead guilty Thursday to making fake bomb threats at John Wayne and Long Beach airports in October 2005, according to federal prosecutors. In the plea agreement, which was filed in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Jason Morris, 30, admitted to calling both airports, prosecutors said. On Oct. 25, 2005, Morris said he called John Wayne Airport saying, "There's a plane leaving tonight with two bombs on it; a lot of people will die, and it's all in your hands," according to a news release from prosecutors.
NEWS
By Elaine Stuckey | April 6, 2006
If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, what country would you choose? No matter how often I was asked this question, the answer was always the same: Ireland. Having been brought up surrounded by Irish relatives and neighbors and having heard so many wonderful tales of "the old sod," it is no wonder that a trip to Ireland was my dream. In 2004 it was time to fulfill my dream. However, because of illness, the trip had to be canceled twice. Things finally came together in 2005 when my cousin, Marg Morrison of Pittsfield, Mass.
NEWS
May 28, 2005
Former air station is safe and effective Why do people continue to write letters to the Daily Pilot against the planned El Toro airport? Whether it's the conspiracy theories of Rex Ricks on May 26 or the South County logic of Ann Merritt on May 25, these individuals suffer either from Long Beach Airport or John Wayne Airport and should be glad to see El Toro opened. The arguments against downwind, uphill, fuel-efficient, cross runways were answered years ago. The Federal Aviation Administration approved El Toro takeoffs into the mountains, and every airline interested in El Toro has written letters of support for the planned airport.
NEWS
December 3, 2004
Bonnie O'Neil's letter in the Daily Pilot Tuesday, "Problem with 'Great Park' up in the air," is right on point. Orange County taxpayers are the victims of this "Great Park" fraud. While voters were persuaded by the promises of Measure W to have a "Great Park" with no cost to the taxpayers, the park has receded from view while, instead, developers will build thousands of homes on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and surrounding buffer zone of 14,000 acres.
NEWS
November 2, 2003
NEWPORT BEACH City Council wants bridge across Santa Ana River The City Council voted to stand firmly in favor of a 19th Street bridge last week. Opposing Costa Mesa's plan to remove the 19th Street and Gisler bridge plans from a regional transportation plan, Newport Beach effectively undermined the neighboring city's hopes because regional transportation authorities won't make any changes unless the affected cities are unanimous. Fire codes in the harbor will be more strictly enforced in the future, despite pleas from business owners who have long operated their businesses based on loose enforcement of the rules.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
Californians have rights to El Morro Fern Pirkle stated the facts clearly in Wednesday's letter to the editor. El Morro park belongs to the people of the state of California. The main argument I have seen against a state park is that there could be danger to children from campers at the park. This is a specious argument by folks who do not want to give up what they have enjoyed at the state's expense for many years. Many schools are adjacent to parks, and it is considered a benefit.
NEWS
October 28, 2003
Deepa Bharath Police and federal agents on Sunday arrested a 34-year-old man they suspect to be the "Give Me More Bandit," who robbed four Newport-Mesa banks over the last two months, officials said. Officials caught up with Moundir Kamil at about 10:20 p.m. Sunday at Long Beach Airport as he returned from New York, said Newport Beach Police Lt. John Klein. Kamil reportedly robbed the Wells Fargo branch in Costa Mesa on Aug. 6 and two Bank of America branches in Newport Beach on Sept.
NEWS
April 27, 2003
No flights of fancy with change in airplane routes I agree totally with Ralph Warrington that the flight path from John Wayne Airport appears to have changed ("Notice a change in the flight paths from JWA?"). In fact, last year I called the airport and mentioned all the same things he discussed in his letter and specifically that the noise monitors located at the Newport Dunes were not picking up the planes making the turn early. The person I spoke with said that was not the case and they had logs to prove it. However, on any given day you can stand on MacArthur, anywhere between San Joaquin Hills Road and East Coast Highway, and watch the planes coming across Corona del Mar out to the ocean.
NEWS
February 22, 2003
The final approach path to Long Beach Airport pays no attention to artificial political boundaries called county lines, as jets fly over many Orange County cities, including my hometown of Huntington Beach. The south side of Costa Mesa may have just received protection for another 10 years with the new John Wayne settlement agreement. However, the north side is vulnerable to expansion of Long Beach airport. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but people need to be educated about this issue.
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