The hell of living under LA’s ‘jet superhighway’: Neighbor of Hollywood Burbank Airport bemoans noise of up to 200 flights a day – including Jay-Z’s private plane – that leaves area cloaked in SOOT

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Author Julia Bricklin has claimed a change in Burbank airport’s flight path has left locals contending with ‘a new level of daily noise, air pollution, and huge amounts of black plane soot in our yards, trees and plants’
  • Bricklin revealed the nightmare of living under the Hollywood airport’s flight path with more than 200 noisy flights soaring overhead every day 
  • She claims the noise begins around 6:45am and can continue late into the night when Jay-Z often flies his private jet to New York 

A Burbank resident has revealed the nightmare of living under the Hollywood airport’s flight path – with more than 200 noisy flights soaring overhead every day. 

Author Julia Bricklin from Studio City claims a change in the airport’s flight path has left locals contending with ‘a new level of daily noise, air pollution, and huge amounts of black plane soot in our yards, trees and plants.’

In 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration shifted its ‘jet superhighway’ from Burbank Airport south in order to save fuel and update it flight procedures. 

Now Bricklin claims ‘100 to 200 flights per day go directly or nearly directly over my home’.

She says the noise begins around 6:45am and can continue late into the night when Jay-Z often flies his private jet to New York. 

Author Julia Bricklin has claimed a change in Burbank airport’s flight path has left locals contending with a noise nightmare

The noise begins around 6:45am and can continue late into the night when Jay-Z often flies his private jet (pictured) to New York

The noise begins around 6:45am and can continue late into the night when Jay-Z often flies his private jet (pictured) to New York

In 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration shifted its 'jet superhighway' south in order to save fuel and update it flight procedures

In 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration shifted its ‘jet superhighway’ south in order to save fuel and update it flight procedures

Writing in the LA Times she claims residents were not given sufficient notice to file objections or protest the decision to alter the flight path over their homes. 

As well as disruption to residents Bricklin argues the flight path change has been environmentally damaging. 

‘An estimated 10,000 schoolchildren live and study under this jet superhighway, which also spans 75,000 acres of Santa Monica Mountains parkland that is home to a dwindling wildlife population and draws hikers and others from all over Southern California,’ she said.

‘How did a part of Los Angeles that is both densely populated and contains legally protected green space become a dumping ground for jet fuel soot and dangerous levels of noise pollution?’  

Bricklin also warns that the airport’s proposed expansion of its NextGen satellite system, an upgrade to one of its terminals and a change in airport configuration will bring even more flights and therefore noise to the area.

‘No single community should have to bear the brunt of the airport’s noise and environmental impact’ she wrote. 

Adding: ‘The airport should fairly disperse the flights and revert to higher altitudes.’

Southwest Airlines planes at the Burbank airport. Bricklin claims '100 to 200 flights per day go directly or nearly directly over my home'.

Southwest Airlines planes at the Burbank airport. Bricklin claims ‘100 to 200 flights per day go directly or nearly directly over my home’.

Residents have previously organized to complain about what they terms to disruptive and excessive noise generated by the altered flight path

Residents have previously organized to complain about what they terms to disruptive and excessive noise generated by the altered flight path

Residents have previously organized to complain about what they terms to disruptive and excessive noise generated by the altered flight path. 

One resident, Christine Kim, told the FAA and other elected officials at a joint task force meeting attended by more than 200 people in August 2019 that the noise was ‘an assault’. 

‘That was eight planes in 24 minutes over Stone Canyon,’ Kim said after playing a video taken from her back yard to illustrate the noise. 

‘Nobody should have to live in this situation. You’ve taken away the livability of our homes,’ Kim added.

DailyMail.com has contacted Hollywood Burbank Airport and the FAA for comment.  

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