SHERMAN OAKS—Congressman Brad Sherman has called upon the Federal Aviation Administration to establish a new forum to address increased aviation noise over the San Fernando Valley. Multiple senators and representatives have joined Sherman’s efforts to have the FAA establish a roundtable to decrease aviation noise over the area. Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff all have supported Sherman’s efforts.

Congressman Sherman wrote in a statement:

“The FAA should be collaborating with the community and other stakeholders in the San Fernando Valley to find immediate solutions for the concerns of residents. The current situation is unacceptable, and this is another step – one of many – in our efforts to protect the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley. I’m very pleased that Senators Feinstein and Harris and Congressman Schiff have joined me in this effort.”

The Honorable Dan Elwell, who is the current Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, received a formal request signed by both Senators Harris and Feinstein and Congressmen Schiff and Congressman Sherman on Thursday, March 21. The formal request indicates that the, “Communities in the San Fernando Valley continue to have serious concerns regarding the impact of aviation over their neighborhoods. Residents have reported unprecedented noise in multiple communities, disturbances at all hours of the night, health concerns, environmental concerns, negative impacts on local jobs and the economy, and safety concerns over a potential aviation accident in the airspace overhead.”

Last year, multiple requests were made to have the FAA contain the increased aviation noise. In December 2018, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority submitted a letter to the FAA requesting that they address the community’s aircraft noise concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration has not addressed the concerns of the community despite the public’s request.