Southern California Metroplex Project
Metroplex Lawsuit Update
As of November 17, 2017:
While the parties continue to attempt to negotiate a settlement, a federal court briefing schedule has been established wherein the petitioners will file their consolidated opening brief in mid-February, the respondent FAA will file its opposition brief in mid-April, and the petitioners will file a consolidated reply brief in early June. Once briefing is concluded, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals would set the matter for hearing at its discretion. Any petitioner which settles its case would not participate in the briefing.
In 2003, Congress directed the development of a ”Next Generation Air Transportation System.“ NextGen, as it is now called, was intended to improve aviation safety and efficiency through the use of ground-based and, increasingly, space-based technology. An important part of the NextGen initiative is the development of new airspace and air traffic procedures.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approach to the mandate from Congress was to divide the United States into 21 “metroplexes.” John Wayne Airport (JWA), along with Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario, Los Angeles and a number of other airports comprise the “Southern California Metroplex.”
The Southern California Metroplex Project is the FAA’s proposal to improve the efficiency and safety of air traffic into and out of the Southern California area. A key feature of the Southern California Metroplex Project is to create more repeatable and predictable flight paths, both vertically and laterally.
The County’s concern regarding the inadequacy of the FAA’s environmental review led the Board of Supervisors to file a lawsuit challenging FAA’s “Finding of No Significant Impact” and “Record of Decision.” The Cities of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach filed lawsuits on similar grounds. The Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals granted the County’s petition to intervene in the City of Newport Beach’s lawsuit.
Federal Aviation Administration
Aviation Noise Ombudsman
Phone: (202) 267-3521
Website: FAA Noise & Emissions
John Wayne Airport Access & Noise Office
Phone: (949) 252-5185