Playa del Rey is Making Noise about an Increase in LAX Flyovers

Posted September 9, 2015 by The Argonaut in News
An uptick in the number of LAX-bound flights passing directly over their homes has Playa del Rey residents — usually out of the airport’s flightpath — and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin crying foul.

LAX received 34 noise complaints about overhead planes in July and August from Playa del Rey or Westchester homeowners — up from just 17 the first half of the year, according to LAX Environmental Manager Scott Tatro.

Tatro said upgrades to LAX’s northernmost runway are causing increased ground traffic and forcing some approaching planes to double back and fly over Playa del Rey until it’s safe to land.

“When an aircraft on arrival has to abort the arrival for any of a number of reasons, including a previous aircraft that may not yet have cleared the runway, the pilot will perform a missed approach or a go-around,” Tatro said. “Occasionally when they perform these go-around operations, pilots are directed by FAA [air traffic controllers] to fly over the communities north of the airport. They only do this when there is something in the airspace in front of them and they are forced to turn.”

LAX recorded 35 go-arounds related to the north runway in June, but only a few went directly over Playa del Rey. There were 27 more in July.

The good news for residents is the increase in flyovers should end soon, as northern runway work is expected to wrap up Oct. 19, Tatro said.

In the meantime, Bonin has launched a petition urging the FAA and LAX to mitigate the problem.

“The noise is annoying, frightening, and I share in your frustration. It needs to stop,” the petition reads.

— Gary Walker


    Nancy Botwin

    So residents complain about the noise but not the accumulation of abandoned boats on the beach? For the past 2 years Mike Bonin’s office assistant Fred Sutton can’t seem to obtain the funding needed to move these eyesores? Shameful

    Dan Atkinson

    They have started a petition on

    Mike Russell

    I called Mike Bonin’s office and told them that the trees that were taken out along Westchester Parkway, east of the fire station, for the moving the Endeavor were replaced by different trees, instead of the magnolia’s that were originally promised. The response I got was: “We are real busy. Could you take photos and create a map showing where the incorrect trees are located.” My response: “If you give me the money, I will have the trees taken out and replaced with the correct magnolia trees.” Benin’s office response: “Oh, no. We need you to file a complaint. Then we have to file a report with Public Works, Street Tree Division. Then they have to come out to see if you are right. Then they have to decide what they are going to do.” You have got to be kidding me. I know the difference between a magnolia tree and a non-magnolia tree. Benin’s office needs to tell public works to take out the wrong trees and put in magnolia trees. It is not that complicated. Just do your job!!!


    Thank you for this explanation. I am glad it will be reduced after Oct 19th. I thought the aircrafts flying over us were ‘cheating’ on their way up north! :) Now I understand no cheating is involved. Go-arounds are annoying but unavoidable. Safety first. Thank you for your service to the community Argonaut. Keep up the good work.

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