Airspace Noise & Safety Concerns

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is dedicated to assisting our residents with airspace noise and safety concerns. While the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has no authority over airspace, the City can direct citizens with their concerns to the appropriate aviation agencies.

Aircraft Identification and Flight Path

Knowing the type of aircraft and flight path is important in determining which airport hotline to contact. Aviation activity over or near the Peninsula typically divides into 2 categories: General Aviation Aircraft and Scheduled Air Transport.

  • General Aviation refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline and cargo flights. General aviation aircraft flying over or near the Palos Verdes Peninsula often depart and land at Torrance Airport and are typically small fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters.
  • Scheduled Air Transport includes a wide range of jet and turbo-prop aircraft operating on regularly scheduled routes. Scheduled aircraft flying over or near the Palos Verdes Peninsula are typically leaving or departing from LAX.

Filing a Noise Complaint

When filing a noise complaint, please note the date, time, location, direction of aircraft, airline, and flight number if possible (airline and flight numbers are available on WebTrak).

Torrance

Visit the Torrance Noise Abatement website, or call Torrance Noise Abatement at (310) 784-7950.

LAX

Website - LAX WebTrak website to view and identify aircraft operations.
Form - LAX WebForm to file noise complaints.
Phone - Call the noise compliant hotline (424) 626-6473 to file noise complaints.
Mobile - From your Iphone or Android mobile device, file a complaint.

Long Beach

Visit the LAX WebTrak website for Long Beach Airport to file a noise complaint or call the Long Beach noise complaint hotline at (562) 570-2665.

AIRNOISE.IO: Airnoise.io is a button that can be purchased online when clicked searches for the nearest commercial aircraft then files a noise complaint with the airport authority.

FILING A LOW-FLYING SAFETY COMPLAINT

Fixed wing aircraft can fly no lower than 1,000 feet above the ground over populated areas and no lower than 500 feet over sparsely populated areas. To report a low-flying plane, please call the Long Beach Flight Standards District Office at (562) 377-5400.

LAX/Community Noise Round Table
Rancho Palos Verdes staff attends the LAX/Community Noise Roundtable, which was created in September 2000 and is intended to reduce and mitigate the adverse noise impacts that the users of Los Angeles International Airport create on the surrounding communities and their Environs. Membership of the Roundtable consists of local officials and staff, representatives of congressional office, members of recognized community groups, the Federal Aviation Administration, the airlines and Los Angeles World Airports Management. This forum provides a mechanism that attempts to ensure cooperation between the Airport and local impacted communities in achieving noise impact reduction to those communities, wherever possible, without shifting noise from one community to another. The Roundtable meets on the second Wednesday of every odd numbered month and may schedule additional meetings as needed. The public meetings start at 6:30 p.m. at varying locations, which include the Los Angeles International Airport Clifton A. Moore Administration Building at 1 World Way (for meeting location, visit the LAWA website). The City of Rancho Palos Verdes staff representative on the Roundtable is Robert Nemeth, Land Use Planner in the Community Development Department at (310) 544-5285.  

Notification

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